Access Tivo Stream 4K Hidden A/V Menus

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  1. ptcfast2

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    Here's a quick rundown of how to access the hidden menus in com.droidlogic.tv (the app that is the the "More" menu on the Stream 4k). You'll need to enable Android's Developer Mode to do this. They seem to do stuff, but your results may vary. Might fix issues others are having with random wake ups, HDR, other stuff.
    1. Enable Developer Mode by going to Device Preferences --> About --> Build and click it a few times until it tells you that you are a "Developer".
    2. Then go to Device Preferences --> Developer Options--> USB Debugging and enable this option.
    3. Go to Network & Internet --> Available Networks and click your connected WiFi network to see what your Stream's IP address currently is.
    4. Download and install adblink
    5. In adblink enter your Stream's IP address in the "Ad Hoc IP" field.
    6. Click "Connect". You'll be prompted to accept the connection on the Stream itself - accept it and also remember the device if prompted.
    7. Once adblink reports that you are connected click "ADB Shell"
    8. Copy and paste the following commands in the terminal window to launch the associated menu item on the Stream itself:

    CEC Settings
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.HdmiCecActivity

    HDMI Self Adaptation/Refresh Rate Switching
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.PlaybackActivity

    Dolby Vision On/Off
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.display.dolbyvision.DolbyVisionSettingActivity

    Dolby Vision Graphics/Video Priority
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.display.dolbyvision.GraphicsPrioritySettingActivity

    HDR to SDR
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.display.hdr.HdrSettingActivity

    SDR to HDR
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.display.sdr.SdrSettingActivity

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  2. cybergrimes

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    I'll be checking this out, what was the default SDR->HDR setting?
     
  3. CraigThom

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    Maybe the CEC settings will let me turn my TV off.
     
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  4. cybergrimes

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    Huzzah-- the only command I've ran so far was to turn Dolby Vision off
    am start -n com.droidlogic.tv.settings/com.droidlogic.tv.settings.display.dolbyvision.DolbyVisionSettingActivity

    I have the system set for HDR10, I'm no longer getting forced HDR outside of apps but I did get HDR with a Netflix title. This is great.


    edit: rebooted and Dolby Vision is re-enabled again. Too bad...
     
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  5. jimpmc

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    I was wondering if the adb settings would survive a reboot. Hopefully a firmware update will expose these settings -- at least it doesn't need to be developed from the ground up.
     
  6. cybergrimes

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    That was my thought too, hopefully they address it all quickly
     
  7. CraigThom

    CraigThom Member

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    I was able to turn off CEC. Now maybe my TV will stay off.
     
  8. jwort93

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    I disabled dolby vision, but it doesn't seem to stick. The screen blanks, but when it comes back it's still dolby vision.

    Edit, figured it out, you need to set it to hdr10 in the regular settings first, and then disable dolby vision, which puts it in sdr then.
     
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  9. ptcfast2

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    Honestly, I don't think they are actually using Dolby Vision here and the reason we can't mess with it is that the implementation isn't working properly. On a SDR TV, disabling Dolby Vision actually makes the picture better, colors get less saturated the moment you use the hidden menu item to turn it off. Furthermore, like, how is it even working? Why does the picture even change? How? Are you just saying Dolby Vision is a software thing now? What's up with this?

    DOLBY VISION SHOULD NOT EVEN BE AN OPTION ON A NON-DOLBY VISION TV!


    There's something really screwy going on with HDR related stuff on the Stream...and to me it's almost like they are forcing Dolby Vision because Dolby Vision isn't actually working properly so it's better to show it "on" without the option to disable to satisfy the advertising. It's not an automatically detected thing, that's for freaking sure.

    I bet you this thing was partly rushed out the door to try and save it from the impending launch/announcement of the Google Android TV device. If they waited later, people would just use the Google device as it's rumored to basically eat Tivo's lunch in this arena. They probably figured it was better to get SOME marketshare on a product they were developing vs waiting until Google's offering gives consumers no reason to purchase the Tivo version. Undercut everyone for a month on price, hope people buy it, work out the bugs (if they care enough).

    If Tivo can RAPIDLY fix the bugs, and actually bring the Tivo "experience" fully to this device they can compete. If they don't, it's a DOA product.
     
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  10. Rkkeller

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    Be aware TiVo can't fix it if you brick the device. People are posting things like my pic on FB.
     

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  11. ptcfast2

    ptcfast2 Member

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    Nothing described in this thread will brick the device. Please don't spread false information unrelated to the topic being discussed.
     
  12. CybrFyre

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    How do you get a current setting?
     
  13. ptcfast2

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    You can just run the command to open the menu and it will show you the current setting for that menu item.
     
  14. CybrFyre

    CybrFyre Member

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    What is "the command to open the menu" ?
    And, what about other possible settings?
    Thanks!
     
  15. ptcfast2

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    It's in Step 8 of the first post of this thread.
     
  16. CybrFyre

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    Ok. Found the documentation on that command, and understand what you mean, now. Looking to see if there's a way to list the available components for an intent.
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    This is pretty cool. You're finding all the good stuff.
     
  18. Where As

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    I'll def have to try some of these! Will any of these allow auto switching to/from Dolby Vision? The FireTV 4k stick was delivered set to all DV all the time, but was able to be changed to only engage DV for DV content.

    In general I'm disappointed in the lack of access to the native Android TV settings - so many of them show up on the Stream, but are grayed out in the menu :-( Guess I'm spoiled by my Shield TV, which is almost pure native Android TV...
     
  19. brotony

    brotony New Member

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    I've used this app on my Fire TV 4KS. Same issue with settings not sticking. It's a shame some devices have hidden momentary settings that aren't user controlled and stick.

    Fix this TiVo. All of it.

    I sent them questions and suggestions and all I got back initially was a case number. Days later followed up with, "sorry, the TiVo Streamer 4K is currently out of stock. We'll let you know when it's back in stock." Is that any way to handle a case number? No sale.

    Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
     
  20. cybergrimes

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    I think it's the other way around. Those menus, options and settings are Nvidia refinements from the past 5 years. The menus on this TiVo device more closely mimics a barebones Android TV. They look exactly like the Jetstream 4K box I picked up from Walmart that has had zero updates since it released. TiVo might have locked a suggestion row to the home screen but not much done in the settings. Just my take on it anyway.
     
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