Anyone loaded TiVo app on FireTV?

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  1. Oct 27, 2014 #1 of 189
    Dan203

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    Just wondering if anyone has tried loading the TiVo app on a FireTV to see if it will allow streaming to a TV. I assume even if it loads you'll get an error about HDMI out not being supported but if anyone has one it might be worth a try.
     
  2. Oct 28, 2014 #2 of 189
    PCurry57

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    I was wondering if this will be a problem with the upcoming Nexus Player device
     
  3. Oct 28, 2014 #3 of 189
    Dan203

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    I ordered a FireTV stick but it wont be here until 12/10. If someone doesn't try before then I'll give it a go and report back if it works or not.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2014 #4 of 189
    Dan203

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    Well I got my FireTV stick and side loaded the TiVo app but it doesn't work. There is no way to navigate the app. Maybe someone with a full size FireTV and a mouse connected could make it work? IDK, but with the regular remote you can't tell what's highlighted. You can randomly move and click, but without some indication of what's selected you're taking shots in the dark. I could never seem to land on the little gear icon to even attempt to setup streaming.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2014 #5 of 189
    Dan203

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    I found a game controller on Amazon that has a mouse mode. I'm going to try that and see if it works for controlling the TiVo app.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2014 #6 of 189
    bradleys

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    Dan,

    Ever feel like you are talking to yourself? :) Actually, I am very interested to see if this works.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2014 #7 of 189
    Dan203

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    I pot to these threads, even when no one respinds, because it serves as an archive for future users who might need the info.

    Should have that controller today, we'll see if it works.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2014 #8 of 189
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    I've sideloaded the Tivo android app to my FireTv. Between the FireTV's controller and a Lenovo Multimedia Remote Keyboard N5902 I am able to crudely navigate the App.

    I can only get the app to start shows on my Tivo as if I'm using the Tivo remote. I haven't been able to get it to play shows through the FireTV.

    For other things I really like the FireTv. It's my favorite streaming box for now.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2014 #9 of 189
    Dan203

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    It works! With the controller set to mouse mode I can navigate the app and actually stream to the Fire TV stick. So this is essentially a $20 Mini. This is going to come in super handy when I'm on business trips. :up:

     
  10. Dec 9, 2014 #10 of 189
    jrtroo

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    Woah. Could you clarify your steps? I have never sideloaded anything ever, but would to have this capability.

    1: Sideload Tivo app (version? Link to instructions?) to Fire TV stick
    2: Purchase controller (Amazon link?)
    3: Connect controller to Fire TV (is this another side-load? or something it can handle natively?)
    4: Enjoy tivo goodness!

    Thanks! Excited to try this out.
     
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  12. Dec 9, 2014 #12 of 189
    Dan203

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    Ok steps...

    First off you need to get a copy of the tablet APK file. I used BlueStacks to download it then grabbed it from there to my PC.

    Next you need to setup you Fire TV for side loading by going to Settings and enabling ADB debugging.

    Next use this app to side load the APK on the Fire TV stick...
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2736774

    To launch the app you have to go to the manage apps section in settings and launch it. Although apparently there is a custom UI you can also side load that makes it more accessible.

    I used this controller...
    http://www.amazon.com/Playpad-Android-Bluetooth-PC-Mac-Linux/dp/B0092ZEINO

    It pairs just like the Amazon one, but has a switch to chage to mouse mode which brings up the cursor you need to navigate the TiVo app.
     
  13. Dec 9, 2014 #13 of 189
    jrtroo

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    Awesome! Thanks Dan.
     
  14. Dec 10, 2014 #14 of 189
    lickwid

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    I will try this. Was able to load both the Xfinity TV Go and Tivo App onto the Fire TV Stick. I only tried the phone APK for Tivo, but I'll try the tablet version once I figure out how to get the APK to sideload.

    I don't mind paying $15 for a controller, but I'd prefer to just use my iPad or Android Phone as the mouse controller so I don't have to carry around a bulky controller when I travel. Going to check out this thread, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2793823, and possibly use a VNC viewer to control.
     
  15. Dec 10, 2014 #15 of 189
    bradleys

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    Dan203

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    If you figure out a way to do that let me know. I side loaded the Fire TV control app onto my Fire HD (for some reason it's not in the store) but it doesn't allow mouse type functionality. It only has swipe gestures that emulate pressing the D-pad on the remote.
     
  17. Dec 10, 2014 #17 of 189
    Dan203

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    It kinda works now. Each of the controls can be selected via the remote but there isn't an obvious highlight so you can't tell which control has focus. Plus the tablet UI is not all that intuitive with a remote even if there was some sort of highlight. I think the UI needs to be a bit more like the real TiVo.
     
  18. Dec 10, 2014 #18 of 189
    bradleys

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    I do wonder how the touchpad would work.. It should be easier and quicker to navigate the menus with a touchpad vs your joystick. Add to that the keyboard and this could be a very useful option.

    Can you use this on a hotel network or will you have to add one of the mobile routers to the mix?
     
  19. Dec 10, 2014 #19 of 189
    Dan203

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    It has it's own UI, unlike a Chromecast, so it should work in a hotel. I believe it has a browser so you should be able to get past any log-in screens the hotel requires.
     
  20. Dec 10, 2014 #20 of 189
    bradleys

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    I am going to take a huge swag and predict a Roku / Fire app announcement at CES this year! Is that too optimistic?
     

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