Access Tivo Stream 4K Hidden A/V Menus

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream 4K' started by ptcfast2, May 12, 2020.

  1. EvMan

    EvMan New Member

    May 22, 2020


    The Activity Launcher app has to be side loaded. You can however get Side Load Launcher from the Play Store to make it easier/quicker to find your side loaded apps. It's just another app that shows up in the apps menu then brings up a launcher for all your apps including side loaded ones. Saves you from having to go into settings menu to find them.

    I'm pretty unhappy with the video output I'm getting even with these extra settings. I'm not noticing anything terrible on my LG 4K TV, but I'd much prefer this to work like Apple TV and have an option to output the native format. No matter what settings I've tried I get either forced HDR or forced Dolby Vision. The SDR to HDR option does not seem to work, my TV always shows anything from the stream as HDR or DV. Does anyone know if this is unique to Tivo or if it's an Android TV thing? From what I've seen there aren't that many Android TV devices with Dolby Vision and also it was only added with more recent versions of the OS. Hoping either way someone gets this fixed as I'm otherwise enjoying the device.
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  2. BigC

    BigC New Member

    Apr 27, 2020
    Thanks for this info. Turning off CEC allowed me to get my TV to turn off!! Had to pull the Stream out of my system because my TV would turn off then come back on. Turning off CEC fixed that and the Stream is now back in my system.
  3. gamo62

    gamo62 Member

    Oct 12, 2002
    I can turn off Dolby Vision but the setting doesn't stick. Any way to make sure that it does?
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I've not run into this. When I set it for Always on HDR10, it stays at that setting. And when I set it for Always on DV , that stays too. Of course there should never be always on HDR, but that was a borked decision TiVo made.

    But their worst decision is the HDMI-CEC issue. I am able to avoid it because I have other devices that have settings I can turn off. But your average person has absolutely no clue about HDMI_CEC.
  5. wizziwig

    wizziwig Member

    Aug 29, 2014


    He's not referring to the non-hidden setting that selects between HDR10 and Dolby Vision. There is a totally separate hidden setting that enables/disables Dolby Vision support. That setting has an effect on image quality even when you're not actually using Dolby Vision. It even affects non-HDR TVs. Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier in this thread - the setting reverts to 'enabled' on HDMI handshake.
  6. Owen35

    Owen35 New Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    I was just about to send my Stick back when I popped onto this thread and it gave me hope. Is there a way to allow for pass-through audio? I use Plex and Kodi to manage and play my media and they are hobbled and only output PCM. (I have a Dolby Vision OLED, so I'm fine with that feature.)
  7. ptcfast2

    ptcfast2 Member

    May 10, 2020
    The Plex app has a setting to enable it. It's per app it seems.
  8. U'nique

    U'nique New Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    You wouldn't happen to have seen a networking menu to disable IPv6, have you? I have a Starz app that wouldn't work at all until I disabled IPv6 on my network. Makes HBO Max start streams a lot quicker, too (some would have a 1 minute delay). I put in a feature request to allow disabling IPv6 in the device so I can turn it back on across my network.
  9. SeanStan13

    SeanStan13 New Member

    Sep 1, 2020
    Just ran through this, anyone still having issues with Dolby Vision staying off after reboot? For reference, I already had HDR priority set to HRD10 before disabling Dolby.
    Maybe new SW changed this behavior to revert Dolby Vision to on no matter what?
  10. Christopher Hicks

    Christopher Hicks New Member

    Jul 23, 2017
    This adbLink is amazing.

    I have the Tivo Stream 4k, and it is lacking PIP for apps like sling.Well using abd, and an app called Button Remapper. All you have to do it map a button to the keycode 171 and that will give you PIP access!

    the Button Remapper app will guide you though the command you need to run... since the shell is already open, you only need to the run the command starting with sh to the end (it gives a command to launch abd, but via abdLink we already did that).

    It works amazing!
    Thanks for this post, as this was inspiration to getting Universal PIP working!!
    Finally I can use the Tivo Guide without losing the audio (and video pip) of what I Was watching
  11. Consultant

    Consultant New Member

    Dec 30, 2020
    I just got a Stream 4K and I have the new Chromecast with Google TV. I am preferring the Stream as I'm getting 5.1 and Atmos in all the major streaming apps when streaming content that supports it. All these sticks seem to be in a flux of this doesn't work but this does or this update fixed this and broke that. On the Chromecast, several apps, like Hulu, currently are sending audio in 2-channel PCM. You can cast from your mobile device to fix that but then what's the point of using an Android TV device. LOL.

    So I liked that the Tivo gets the 5.1 audio and Atmos right, has a better remote, and I can integrate Locast, Sling and Pluto live TV in to the Channel guide. All shortcomings for the Chromecast (currently). And the info button on the remote comes in handing as I can view realtime video/audio streaming stats when watching Netflix using that button.

    But then I'm now seeing posts about this issue about SDR content looking terrible in Dolby Vision, or, when DV is turned off, the SDR content still looks worse than the Chromecast.

    Can someone clarify for me, if I'm using a 4K AVR and TV with DV/HDR support with the Tivo Stream 4K, and 99% of the time I'm streaming shows and movies from Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and HBO max that were released in the last two years, how big of an issue is this SDR problem for my viewing habits?
  12. scottchez

    scottchez Active Member

    Dec 1, 2003
    There has to be a reason why they did not include this PIP with Sound feature out of the box.
    Does it cause the unit to crash or lock up more, seems to good to be true.
    Maybe it is a hidden Beta test going on now that they are about to release.
    PIP out of Sling is very important to me. Game changer. I love to surf channels during comercials.
    IDEAS ?


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