After a couple decades - looks like TiVo is done for me

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by bradleys, Sep 3, 2020.

  1. Bigg

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    Some people also live without running water. Doesn't mean it's really a valid comparison. Good internet is more important than being connected to the electric grid at this point. I'd rather not be connected to the grid but have gigabit fiber than have grid electricity and no internet.

    Camps and vacation homes are sort of a different situation. Also, do they have a 50dB WeBoost booster? That will usually get weak signals to work.
     
  2. nrc

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    Tivo isn't done for me but it's relegated to OTA recordings for sports and a couple of locals I don't get otherwise.

    For me the OTT solution is Fubo TV. It's the best combo of price, channels, DVR, and skippable commercials. 108 channels, 500 hours of DVR, and three screens for $69.

    Hulu Live was a no. Nice interface but too many unskippable commercials.

    Sling was a no. Missing channels, poor DVR, and again unskippable commercials.

    Google is a non-starter. It's funny to me that the TiVo community used to be up in arms about turning off all tracking by poor little TiVo but today nobody seems to care about signing up for even more tracking from the most voracious surveillance company in the world.

    Hardware is a Roku Ultra in order to have a wired connection. That seems to have avoided the Wifi interference issues that I've heard some complain about with Roku. I use a third party IR remote that adds volume and input control to avoid the Wifi connected remote.

    The sad part of this process has been seeing first hand how badly Tivo has failed in the areas that were supposed to sustain them into the future as DVRs became a commodity. TiVo's horrible listings and content database mean that almost everything does content search better than TiVo now. Almost every interface is better than Hydra.

    I'll always wonder what could have been if TiVo had had pursued a Roku approach instead of focusing on becoming an MVPD equipment provider no matter what it took.

    Small comfort in knowing the real Tivo was suffocated quietly in its sleep years ago through sales and mergers. RIP Tivo and thanks to all of the former Tivo folks out there who gave me almost 20 years of a great TV experience.
     
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  3. 3 Cushion John

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    How well does the skip work? Are the hours they offer listed in SD or HD? Does it have fast forward?
    Keep us updated plz.
     
  4. trip1eX

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    YTTV is better than Fubo overall. And are you sure Fubo doesn't track you? ;)
     
  5. 3 Cushion John

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    Hmm.
    Never heard of it. Thanks
     
  6. mdavej

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    Fubo must have some amazing marketing if their small, obscure service is more familiar to you that internet giant Google's Youtube TV. Have you just awoken from a coma or been lost in the jungle for a few years?
     
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  7. 3 Cushion John

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    Funny!
    I should have said I didn’t know you tube had a DVR like cloud service.
     
  8. nrc

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    The features may differ between devices. On Roku the arrow key skips (30 seconds, I think) or you can use multiple levels of fast forward. If you're behind in a live program or in a very recently recorded program it's a little clunky because you can't see a picture to track your progress. You just have to watch the time. An hour or two after a program has been recorded you get a thumbnail of the picture that tracks pretty smoothly.

    Any time you tune to a live channel it has no buffer. But you can hit record and it will start the recording from the beginning of the program. This works regardless of the length of the program. Nice feature. The only catch is that you have to go into recordings and watch from there.

    The available recording time seems to be based purely on program run time - 500 hours regardless of resolution. Most content appears to stream at 720p but they're testing 4k content from Fox.

    Maybe for some people. YouTube TV doesn't have A&E or History Channel - both on my wife's "required" list. Fubo tracks just as almost every service tracks. But gathering information about people, marketing it, and using it to influence them is not their core business as it is with Google. Everything Google does has the underlying purpose of gathering more information about you.
     
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