Anyone loaded TiVo app on FireTV?

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  1. Dec 15, 2014 #41 of 189
    telemark

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    The Obsolete one is codified in the store to only install on Tablets, the store thinks it's incompatible with phones. So if you want that from the store, you'd have to borrow someone's tablet (or emulate one).

    There are a few download sites with different versions of the apk.
    If you Google: tivo apk. It's hard to tell what's what though.
     
  2. Dec 15, 2014 #42 of 189
    cmannes

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    I used the "AGK Fire" app to push the TiVo app I had installed on my phone to my FireTV. Best I can tell the installed TiVo app is "com.tivophone.android" version 2.0.1.

    I paired my Nyko Playpad Pro to the FireTV, and switched it to mouse mode.

    Then I launched the TiVo app on the FireTV. And it worked. I started streaming a bit of Marvel Agent's of SHIELD and it was fine. Controlling with the controller isn't as nice as a remote, but it's workable.
     
  3. Dec 15, 2014 #43 of 189
    lickwid

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    cmannes, I used the same app to push the Tivo App from my Galaxy S5. But then you'd have the phone version on your fire, not the more graphic friendly tablet version.

    Here's a comparison:

    Phone:
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    vs.

    Tablet:
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  4. Dec 15, 2014 #44 of 189
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    The 2.0.1 app is actually "universal" with embedded layouts for phones and tablets. The issue, then, appears that the FireTV is identifying itself as a phone and not a tablet.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2014 #45 of 189
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    No, it will not, because you can't install (or "sideload") any kind of apps onto the Chromecast, like you can with a FireTV.

    The Chromecast is running a simplified version of Chrome OS, apparently combined with some elements of Android, whereas the FireTV platform is running Amazon's forked version of Android. The FireTV has a standard mechanism for loading apps by way of Amazon's App Store, as well as allows for sideloading of apps from other sources.
     
  6. Dec 15, 2014 #46 of 189
    telemark

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    I found 4 layout directories in a random tivophone apk:
    layout
    layout-v14
    layout-large
    layout-xlarge

    Could it be some of you are using 720p TV's and some are using 1080p TV's?

    PS. Fire Sticks are $40 now.
     
  7. Dec 15, 2014 #47 of 189
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    I found this site/resource that lets you download APK's from the Play Store using a web browser. It only works on free apps. The TiVo apps are free though!

    http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/
     
  8. Dec 15, 2014 #48 of 189
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    As others have said, I believe the app is now "universal" that said, I think FireTV may be confusing things. I see the phone interface, but when I choose something to stream it prompts me "Watch on TV" or "Watch on Tablet"
     
  9. Dec 15, 2014 #49 of 189
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    I get the same thing, "Watch on Tablet". Which is confusing. Not sure how Dan was able to get the Tablet GUI. If you look at the video he posted, that looks totally different than what I have on my FireTV Stick.
     
  10. Dec 15, 2014 #50 of 189
    Fofer

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    Which interface is Dan203 getting then? The "phone" one (blown up) or the "tablet" one? :confused:

     
  11. Dec 15, 2014 #51 of 189
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    Perhaps he sideloaded the "TiVo Tablet (Obsolete)" version of the app, after all...

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tivo.android
     
  12. Dec 15, 2014 #52 of 189
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    I have the tivo app installed on my tablet, so sideloaded it from there using AGK Fire (thanks for the heads up on that app, guys!). Worked like a charm!

    In my initial test, quality wasn't the best. I'll see if it improves as it buffers.

    Hilarious that I can FINALLY stream my tivo shows (as both my phone and tablet are rooted. :) )


    Also installed Xfinity app and HBO Go. Both worked great. I used the Wukong remote app as well. I'm wary that will work if i ever have to use my phone as the hotspot, though... I plan to use this fire stick when traveling.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2014 #53 of 189
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  14. Dec 15, 2014 #54 of 189
    lickwid

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    Dan, thanks for sharing. I'll try and sideload that APK tonight when I get home from work and respond with feedback. Has anyone else tried using that remote control app I linked previously? Works pretty well. Like I said, I've only tested with Xfinity TV Go and Tivo. Both work great for emulating a mouse cursor.
     
  15. Dec 15, 2014 #55 of 189
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    I tried at home and the quality takes about 5-10 seconds before it buffers properly and it was just as clear as if I was watching from the Tivo. I'll try it from a remote location this weekend and check back.
     
  16. Dec 15, 2014 #56 of 189
    Dan203

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    Yeah I tried it. Works OK on my Fire HD, but had to side load it. Makes me regret buying that controller. Luckily it was only $20, and I might still use it for games. (I hears there is an SNES emulator you can load on this thing)
     
  17. Dec 15, 2014 #57 of 189
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    I tried this app "Wukong" app on my Nexus tablet but it's in a foreign language. What do I need to install on the FireTV to make it work? Sideload same app there? Any tips/pointers appreciated.

     
  18. Dec 15, 2014 #58 of 189
    lickwid

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    As long as both your phone/tablet and the FireTV are on the same WiFi network, it should an option to connect to it. You should be able to bypass the foreign language screen by pressing one of the icons, I forget.

    BTW, I was able to load the tablet version of the TiVo app. Works well, with a bit of a lag when inputting your login credentials. And like Dan mentioned, part of the Streaming setup is cutoff on the bottom.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2014 #59 of 189
    lickwid

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    And another cool thing about the Yukong Remote, once you get it working, is that there is a tab on the bottom labeled "Quick Launch", that quickly loads different stock and sideloaded apps onto your FireTV. Pretty neat. Skips you having to navigate into the Settings, Applications menu.
     
  20. Dec 15, 2014 #60 of 189
    Big Boy Laroux

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    I just installed it on my phone, and it brought up a list of compatible devices. Select the IP of my Fire, and it connected. I did not have to load anything on the Fire.

    However, I did see a Wukong app show up in my Fire App list. So it looks like it installs it automatically on your Fire as part of the connection process.
     

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