Anyone loaded TiVo app on FireTV?

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by Dan203, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Jan 2, 2015 #81 of 189
    SeanC

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    I believe you could do it with a Mac, but I'm not sure how, the app linked to near the beginning of the thread is PC only, so you would have to do it manually. I have only used the app which makes sideloading dead simple.

    The tivo app won't work with the roamio basic because the roamio basic doesn't have tivo stream built in, plus and pro roamio's have stream built in, so I think thats why they said it's not compatible with the basic, not that it won't work at all, just that it would only work if you had the external stream connected to your roamio basic.
     
  2. Jan 6, 2015 #82 of 189
    dammad

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    Anyone know what the difference is here over sideloading the Tivo.apk onto a Android TV STB? I tried Tivo.apk a few weeks ago in both BlueStacks as well as on my Android TV stick and it put up the UI but complained about HDMI out. Is there something different about this FireTV setup?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2015 #83 of 189
    Dan203

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    I tried BlueStacks and it said something about the app not supporting Intel processors. So there are obviously hardware limitations to the app. I was actually kinda surprised that it worked on the FireTV since all other devices are banned from using HDMI out, but apparently the FireTV doesn't count it's display the same way that a phone/tablet with HDMI out would.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2015 #84 of 189
    Fofer

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    I'm really glad it works as well as it does, but having to use the WuKong app on an Android tablet is a real drag. It would be so so so perfect if the Amazon physical remote just freakin' worked, with proper UI highlights. Are there any other apps available for remote control? Maybe one for iOS? I looked at the instructions for sideloading a VNC server, but decided it wasn't worth going down that road.

    So what's the least expensive physical BT remote that would work here? I know Dan203's reported that this one works, and there's a new one coming out labelled "PlayPad Pro for Amazon Fire TV." But they're game controller form factor... which might be nice for games, but I'm wondering if there's another option out there that's just a regular, rectangular (or peanut :eek:) shaped remote control.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2015 #85 of 189
    Dan203

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    SeanC

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    I just want to echo that I bought that exact same gamepad per Dan's comment and it does work perfectly.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2015 #87 of 189
    Fofer

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    Cool, thanks. I guess I'll check it out, if that's the best bet. Is it usable for some other games on the FireStick too, at least? I don't care for that form factor for controlling the TiVo app, but if it's all we've got, and it can also be used for light gaming, well, I may be interested after all.

    I do also wonder how it's different from the PlayPad Pro for Amazon Fire TV -- it's touted as the "newer model" but it doesn't seem to have any mention of Keyboard Mapping, MouseHID, or mouse emulation support.
     
  8. Jan 6, 2015 #88 of 189
    Dan203

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    They're the same. If you look at the pictures you can see there is a row of lights on the top with one of them indicating a mouse mode. It doesn't show the bottom, but that's where the switch is.

    Just don't get the official Amazon controller, it does not have a mouse mode. (even though it's actually made by the same company)

    I have not used mine for games, but it's my understanding it does work for all controller based games. I heard there was an SNES emulator you can side load on the stick and it works with the controller too. I was thinking about trying that and trying to play some Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country.
     
  9. Jan 6, 2015 #89 of 189
    Fofer

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    Okay, now you've got me interested. MAME's available too: http://www.reddit.com/r/fireTV/comments/23jnav/mame_on_firetv_beautiful/
    More on other emulators, like RetroArch, here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/fire-tv/general/emulators-ive-best-fire-tv-t2819737

    SuperGNES is apparently a good SNES emulator, and it allows Dropbox synchronization, which makes it easy to load ROMs. I'm interested in NES as well, I'd love to be able to play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! again, and maybe some classic Mario games. :)

    I am so IN! Controller purchased. Thanks...
     
  10. Jan 6, 2015 #90 of 189
    SeanC

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    Yes it works perfectly as a gamepad for the stick itself I played several games just for giggles.
     
  11. Jan 8, 2015 #91 of 189
    tlc

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    BTW, if anyone's working with a Fire TV instead of a Fire TV Stick, it has a USB port. Plugging a standard mouse into it might work. I used a keyboard on one once.
     
  12. Jan 9, 2015 #92 of 189
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  13. Jan 16, 2015 #93 of 189
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    Has anyone tried plugging in a tivo slide pro usb reciever?
     
  14. Jan 16, 2015 #94 of 189
    Fofer

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    Question about this controller, if any of you can answer this for me...

    It seems like every time I try to use it, the controller is dead. I have to plug it in to a USB charger. I can use it while it's charging, but if it's unplugged, it eventually is dead by the next time I try and use it. I read the manual which says it has a built in sleep mode, that is supposed to kick in after 10 minutes of inactivity. That doesn't appear to be working for me. I also see I can manually turn it off by pressing the Home button for 5-6 seconds but the problem with doing that when I am using the FireTV, is that it exits the app or video I am in and brings me back to the home screen.

    So I'm wondering if I have a dud unit, or if there's some setting or something I may be missing. Anyone?
     
  15. Jan 16, 2015 #95 of 189
    Dan203

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    I haven't used mine in weeks. I just went and turned it on and it worked fine. However I manually turned it off by holding down the home button the last time I used it.

    I'm guessing that this sleep mode isn't enough and you need to turn it completely off if you want to conserve the battery. Or leave it connected to a charger all the time.
     
  16. Jan 16, 2015 #96 of 189
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    I just got the Play Pad Pro and I haven't been able to charge it successfully yet. I've already exchanged it for a second one but no luck yet. Lots of complaints about it on amazon - sounds like some bad batteries for a lot of people.
     
  17. Jan 16, 2015 #97 of 189
    Dan203

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    The first one I got wouldn't hold a charge at all either. Exchanged it and the second one worked fine.
     
  18. Jan 16, 2015 #98 of 189
    SeanC

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    Tried mine tonight, hasn't been charged in over a week, maybe two, turned on and worked with no issue.
     
  19. Jan 17, 2015 #99 of 189
    jrtroo

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    The linked sideload app seemed to work, but the Tivo app does not show up on my fire. Did anyone use it successfully, our does it take some time to show up?
     
  20. SeanC

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    Are you looking in Settings, Applications, Manage All Installed Applications?

    All sideloaded apps have to be launched from there, unless you sideload an app that works around that limitation.
     

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