Amazon Instant & Vudu Coming To TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by takeagabu, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Sep 1, 2014 #21 of 127

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007


    I think by now everyone knows my opinion on the likelihood of custom folders. :)
  2. Sep 1, 2014 #22 of 127

    gamo62 Member

    Oct 12, 2002
    Well, fix MPEG4 first. As is with IOS, those who have Android, if you have MPEG4, which more are going to, Stream will not work.
  3. Sep 1, 2014 #23 of 127

    CloudAtlas Bryan

    Oct 29, 2013
    New York, NY
    1. Amazon Instant is still unavailable on Google's Android and Apple TV. Both platforms were around long before TiVo's Premiere 2010.
    2. Walmart's Vudu is still unavailable on Apple TV.
    3. TiVo does not develop third party applications. Amazon and Walmart are responsible for their own platform priorities and development schedules.
    4. For most TiVo's ability to view live TV, DVR playback, Netflix, YouTube, HuluPlus streaming, and Amazon Video is 'one box to rule them all'
    5. Game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360,Wii) have massive user bases (80-100 million units sold each) which application developers crave.
    6. The falsity that TiVo has no competition and therefore it's products suffer seems to belie the fact that 99% of all DVRs are competitor brands. Usually the market leaders (Comcast, TWC, UVerse, FIOS, DirectTV, Dish) are considered competitors.
    7. TiVo Roamio is still the best overall DVR available. And seasonal updates to the DVR just highlights this.
    8. Now, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!
  4. Sep 1, 2014 #24 of 127

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    This is great news indeed! Now that Amazon Prime and Vudu will finally be available on the TiVo, my Rokus will soon be relegated to porn. :D
  5. Sep 2, 2014 #25 of 127

    moedaman Member

    Aug 21, 2012


    These are marketing decisions made by Apple and Google. They won't allow these competitors to compete with the iTunes and Google Play stores.
  6. Sep 2, 2014 #26 of 127

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    How many channels have really gone MPEG4? I am sure it is market dependent, but I was unaware that any market had completed or even made significant progress on the conversion.

    Am I misinformed?

    I haven't found a channel yet on FIOS - though that doesn't mean they don't exist, just not a channel I stream.
  7. Sep 2, 2014 #27 of 127

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL

    Great DVR, sure. One box to rule them all, as marketed 4 years ago? Not. Doesn't matter whether Tivo writes the apps or not, it's their platform and their responsibility to work with the partners.

    So the puzzler is why all this crap takes so long, not whether it's possible. That's all.
  8. Sep 2, 2014 #28 of 127

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    I think we know why this took so long- they designed a new box and moved to a new programming platform to make things better. There could hardly be a bigger distraction to improving things like an app platform than those two huge projects. Now that those are done, I am optimistic that other improvements can be made more quickly.

    We'll have to wait and see...
  9. Sep 2, 2014 #29 of 127

    nooneuknow Well-Known Dismembered Member (Lurk Mode On)

    Feb 5, 2011
    Whitewater, WI
    Cox here has had several, for a while now, and put them in just below 1GHz, making them inaccessible to devices that can't tune past 860Mhz and/or can't do MPEG-4.

    They claim these channels are only available on their own boxes, and only with the whole Contour package (leased hardware + higher price services + bring your own tablet/phone devices). I get them just fine, and don't have any Contour equipment, or package. It just helps convince those with their older boxes that can't get those channels, that they need the Contour whole home and beyond package. They get away with murder with all the things they advertise are free, but cost extra, as well as those they claim require the highest price bundle they offer, but actually don't. The uninformed get suckered by this stuff, much like TiVo is trying to sucker new TiVo subs out of those uninformed about what a base-Roamio provides, but has been gutted from the Roamio OTA (the former being the best informed choice for many, maybe even most).
  10. Sep 2, 2014 #30 of 127

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yeah, I knew there were a few channels in a few markets - and I assume there are a few select test markets that are more converted than others.

    Yes, the Series 4 and above can handle those channels just fine - it is the stream that isn't setup for it yet. And while I cam empathize with the OP, it just doesn't rise to the level of impact that lack of Android support had for the last two years.

    It is good to hear that TiVo is making it a priority for early 2015 - The complaint should be coming from the S3 owners IMHO.
  11. Sep 2, 2014 #31 of 127

    mr_smits New Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    When will this be released?
  12. Sep 2, 2014 #32 of 127

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    No idea why owners of an old end of life product not being updated should complain.
  13. Sep 2, 2014 #33 of 127

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    I do not have any S3 devices any longer, and generally I would agree with you. But this will completely brick the devices for all but OTA - that is different from simple functionality.

    Lifteime S3's still have a reasonable resale value, you can easily get $200 for a unit in good shape. The secondary market is of real value to TiVo. While they may not get money directly, it brings people into the ecosystem and makes them far more likely to upgrade later.
  14. Sep 3, 2014 #34 of 127

    anthonymoody Member

    Apr 29, 2008

    that is all

    Next for me: profiles (or at least folders), HBOGO

    BTW my guess/hope is that with the major under-the-hood software redesign out of the way it'll open up the flood gates to meaningful development...apps. UI, etc.
  15. Sep 3, 2014 #35 of 127

    flashedbios Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I thought the tivo already did amazon video. I kknow my premiere does, its how my wife watches RuPaul's drag race since Mediacom won't get LOGO
  16. Sep 3, 2014 #36 of 127

    keenanSR Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    Just got a tweet that the priority list sign-up is open for the upcoming release, hopefully it will be the one with the Amazon update.

  17. Sep 3, 2014 #37 of 127

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Don't mean to derail the thread, especially now that the Priority page is alive again, but profiles is very different than custom folders. I agree with you that custom folders is not ever going to happen with Tivo. Profiles on the other hand is much more likely and has actually already been shown in the initial Premiere mock-ups. That doesn't mean it's going to happen but it does mean that profiles were once on the Tivo roadmap.
  18. Sep 3, 2014 #38 of 127

    tim1724 Active Member

    Jul 3, 2007
    Temple City, CA
    TiVo currently allows you to download stuff from Amazon, using the ancient app that dates back to the Series 3.

    But so far that app has never been updated to support streaming. And since Amazon Prime Instant Video only allows streaming, not downloads, it's been rather annoying for those of us with Amazon Prime accounts.

    The rumor is that an updated Amazon app is coming (possibly in 20.4.4, aka the fall update) which would support Instant Video streaming, including Amazon Prime Instant Video. And presumably an updated user interface to boot.
  19. Sep 3, 2014 #39 of 127

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    I couldn't agree more.
  20. Sep 3, 2014 #40 of 127

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    All they need now is HBOGo and my smart TV will be officially useless.

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