Can a Slingbox 500 replace both a Tivo Stream and Tivo Mini Vox?

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by nuraman00, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...


    You are correct. I should have said recording.
  2. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Right, not an option for those who keep recordings forever. But fine for most of use watch and delete types. Whenever it takes me 9 months to get around to watching something, that means I was never interested enough to justify recording it in the first place.

    Problem is you're not going to have that option much longer. With the cable card mandate gone, Tivo's days are numbered.
  3. nuraman00

    nuraman00 Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    I tend to watch sports most of the year, only when most of them are in the offseason, do I get to other TV shows and movies. Which is why some of my content stays for a while.

    I do delete stuff when I'm done with it.

    Other times, if I am recording a whole series, it takes a few months for all of the episodes to be broadcast. Then a few more months for me to watch, if not longer.

    Hmm, I hadn't heard about the cable card mandate thing until you just mentioned it. Reading about it now:

    Cable-box competition rules have been completely dismantled—to the detriment of consumers

    So you think cable companies will stop supporting DVRs that use a cable card?

    Can the Tivo function without a cable card?

    If not, could Tivo just make a DVR that didn't need a cable card? Or what about Tablo or Plex, could they do that, for all cable channels (not just broadcast ones)?
  4. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Yes. It's already begun.
    Yes. But you can't get any cable channels.
    No. Both Tivo and the cable industry have had years to come up with a replacement. And here we are. Cable card is gone and there is no replacement in the pipeline at all.
    No. Tivo is (was) the only game in town for cable TV (besides Windows Media Center - also cable card like Tivo). Streaming is your other only option for recording cable tv content without using a cable company DVR. There is one outlier, Channels. It uses your TV Everywhere login to record cable TV streams from the web. But the quality isn't great, and it only works on certain channels, and of course still requires a cable or streaming subscription. I'd be very hesitant to put all my eggs in that basket.

    Will some cable companies continue supporting cable card (and Tivo) indefinitely? Possibly. But they no longer have a legal mandate to do so. And the number of cable card customers is miniscule. So there simply aren't enough subscribers to have any influence.

    Personally I wouldn't worry about it until your Tivo stops working. It may be fine for the rest of its life. But I certainly wouldn't buy any more Tivo hardware at this point.

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