Interestingly enough, even though I love TiVo and technology in general, I've never been much for television. Scheduling a time to sit in front of the TV is a pain, and there simply aren't a lot of shows that I really enjoy. Plus, paying for the expanded cable package is far too expensive.
That being said, I do have several shows that I love to watch. (Embarrassingly enough, they tend to fail in the reality TV bucket, e.g., Hoarders, COPS, you get the idea. I'm also a huge fan of Les Stroud in Survivorman and Andrew Zimmern in Bizarre Foods.) So, I really would like to have those ready to watch when the mood strikes me.
Continuing the details of my strange TV consumption habits, I almost never turn on the "main" living room TV. It's simply too much of a hassle to turn on the amp, adjust the speakers, cue up the TiVo, etc. - plus, I endanger myself with wife-wrath if I decide to turn on something she hates. Finally, I vastly prefer using headphones when watching TV or movies. All of this means I prefer using my tablet to consume media. Prior to owning the Stream, my TiVo got only occasional use, when the stars aligned and the missus and I were in the same mood at the same time to watch the same show. Now, I use it all the time, almost daily, when I fire up my tablet.
It's actually quite simple. If you own an Apple mobile device, e.g., an iPad or iPhone, TiVo Stream is a neat little box that extends the features of TiVo to the palm of your hand! (Read that in your best commercial voice for best effect.) Also, the device itself is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand as well, so it won't impact your home theater setup very much.
With TiVo Stream, you can:
Note: a TiVo Premiere DVR unit is required, and it must be hooked up to the home network via Ethernet or MoCA. Currently, only iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.1 or later are supported.
Once everything is set up, navigating the TiVo app in conjunction with the TiVo Stream couldn't be easier. The TiVo app is the same app many have come to know and love, but adding a Stream to the mix gives some additional options. For example, you can now select "Watch on iPad."
Now your iDevice is a TV! All of the familiar TiVo controls are here, including the quick rewind and 30 second commercial skip feature. The sliding bar can be dragged to navigate to specified areas of the recording.
In addition, the TiVo Stream acts as a transcoding device, which will convert the recorded shows on your TiVo into an iPad/iPhone/iDevice friendly format and copy them over, enabling one to watch the show later at any time.
Is the TiVo Stream a great device? Yes! It does exactly what it says it does, and in weeks of use, has never failed me or even so much as hiccuped during playback. I love it. The $129.99 price point may seem a bit steep, but if you fit any of the criteria below, it's more than worth it.
The TiVo Stream is an ideal fit for anyone who: