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Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by JTHOJNICKI, Jan 19, 2016.
Is the Bolt (or even the Roamio for that matter) cable-card compatible with U-verse?
No, U-verse is IP streaming
U-Verse is not for me, but an option for my mother-in-law. My wife was just asking as her mom complained about Dish's latest price increase.
To keep costs down with satellite, you have to switch between Dish and DirecTV every 2 years. U-verse might also be affordable for new customers at least. If she can live with OTA plus a few streaming services, a $300 Roamio with lifetime would be perfect.
I hadn't really thought about it before, but does that mean that theoretically AT&T and TiVo could develop a U-verse app that would allow it to be streamed like Netflix, with an appropriate subscription of course?
I think they already do. You used to be able to run an app on the Xbox 360 to make it a client. And today you can stream on demand to an Xbox One.
Why would they want to do that with TiVo? A TiVo's primary function is as a DVR. If they can't access the channels outside of the app then it's not much use to have it on a TiVo. The same applies when people ask about it supporting SlingTV.
If all you want to do is watch live TV through an app get a Roku or Fire TV stick, they're way cheaper.
Sure, that could be done. And I'd guess that the TiVo's OS software could even be engineered to provide full compatibility with Uverse TV so that it works and looks just like regular cable TV on a TiVo. I don't think it's so much a question of technology as it is business considerations, cost, and (lack of) FCC requirements on Uverse to provide for third-party clients.