Originally Posted by tomhorsley
Well obviously, but think how much more useful it would be if you *could* channel surf. When a commercial comes on your TV, you could channel surf on the tablet and not miss the restart of the program on the TV :-). The TiVo itself obviously has a mechanism to allow a remote device to allocate a tuner, so it isn't like it would have been impossible.
Soo... Yes, I would like the TiVo stream to grab a tuner and let me surf - but that leap has the potential to leave you tuner poor pretty quickly. (Assuming I understand how this would work)
TiVo will only allow you to borrow a tuner from a 4+ tuner TiVo, and I assume the TiVo reserves at least one tuner for itself... So a base Roamio can support 3 minis accessing live TV at the same time. Has anyone ever gotten a "No tuner available" message? Adding streaming devices to this "tuner drain" could add up fast.
TiVo would have to mimic the mini logic with the stream, it would be paired with the host (4+ tuner TiVo) for live TV capabilities.
We know the stream came out before the mini - does the mini hardware do any of that work? Could the existing mini + software handle it?
I would like the functionality - and would use it! Just trying to be realistic toward some of the design pitfalls to implementing it.