Finally some TiVo Apps for Roku, Apple TV and FireTV

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mcf57, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    This is the same way Channels DVR works, except that it records locally, and also supports the HDHomeRun (and costs more).
     
  2. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    Interesting! I see they are free (with added commercials) or subscription ($10/mo) and offer a cloud DVR service.

    This compares to Channels which offers a $25 live TV app or an $8/mo subscription with local DVR software among its options.

    The Channels local version will integrate with a HomeRun box for OTA but also works with TVE and streaming services, and also offers another free option I didn't mention here. Fitzy looks like a better price but fewer features.
     
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  3. OddJobav8r

    OddJobav8r New Member

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    Channels is fantastic. They have innovated the way I had hoped Tivo would. Since Tivo refused to embrace 3rd party streaming devices and went all in on hardware and the minis, I shut down my two Tivos and sold my minis for pennies on the dollar. Tivo could easily implement what Channels has done with an app and TVE implementation as many of us called on them to do years ago. Ironically, they are holding onto an outdated business model that they used to disrupt the tv industry and are now being disrupted out of existence themselves. If I didn't have lifetime service on my Tivos, they would be on Ebay right now instead of sitting in my closet just in case Tivo figures it's way into relevance again.
     
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  4. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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    I tried Channels for a while. It just wasn't as easy to operate as TiVo. If I was the only one using it, I could have dealt with it. Still, I'm happy we went back to TiVo.
     
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  5. OddJobav8r

    OddJobav8r New Member

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    Interesting. My very non technical wife and all four kids think Channels on the AppleTV is even easier to use than Tivo. Especially since the DVRed shows on Channels integrate into the "Up Next" queue on the Apple TV app. It's seamless. I hope the Tivo app does the same thing, but knowing this dev team, it won't.
     
  6. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    I never noticed that. That's pretty cool. I learn new things about Channels all the time. Thanks
     
  7. EWiser

    EWiser Active Member

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    I wish we could have someone else make an app that could read the TiVo files and be able to stream them from our TiVo’s. Just like the TiVo download app’s do. As it looks like TiVo has decided not to move forward with this app that they said the where going to release.
     
  8. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    It seems like the TivoToGo bundle for Plex might do the job.

    TiVo Streaming Plugin for Plex TiVoToGo.Bundle
     
  9. spiderpumpkin

    spiderpumpkin Say no to Hydra!

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    I've started to move to Channels DVR that can utilized multiple HDHomeruns. I still use a Tivo Bolt Vox occasionally but like the options Channels DVR provides. Channels — Live TV, everywhere
     
  10. EWiser

    EWiser Active Member

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    Don’t really want to buy another DVR platform.
     
  11. EWiser

    EWiser Active Member

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    Problem here is that the plug in is broken with Plex now. When you go to the last page of the thread people can not play their recordings.
     
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  12. BillyClyde

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    You don’t have to really buy another DVR platform. You can set it up on a PC, NAS or nVidia Shield, whichever you may have already, and then test it out using their TVE (TV Everywhere) streaming DVR feature.

    If you like it then you can invest in an HDHOMERUN tuner for local OTA networks to get integrated into the Channels guide or better yet just use Locast if they serve your area.
     
  13. EWiser

    EWiser Active Member

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    Any you have to buy a piece of equipment to use it.
     
  14. BillyClyde

    BillyClyde Active Member

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    As I said, not if you already have a PC (to use as the DVR server) which most already do, or you happen to have an NAS or nVidia Shield and USB HDD (which many may also have).

    Do you have any of those items already? An old laptop or desktop maybe?

    What area are you in? Is it served by Locast? Many areas also support TVE for ABC, FOX, NBC as well if you aren’t serviced by Locast.

    So no, you don’t always “have to buy a piece of equipment to use it”. It can all be streaming based with no hardware tuner like the HDHR needed.
     
  15. EWiser

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    No I don’t want to waste an computer on stream a program to another tv
    No need for a NAS media device as I can stream any movie I would want to see. An don’t like keeping movies around to maybe watch sometime.
    Locast is is for watching linear tv which I don’t do. Just want to watch the 10 shows I TiVo on a app on my streaming box. TiVo has shown it is possible to do this. I am not alone in wanting this feature.
     
  16. Scooter Scott

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    I've went back and forth...but I have finally been rolling with channels full time for the last couple months and have only used the TiVo for watching recordings I didn't have on Channels. The more I use it, the more feedback I give to the devs and the better the app becomes. Multiply that by all of their users....the devs are doing a fantastic job with this platform. My TiVo will be up for sale soon.
     
  17. steinbch

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    Does the Channels app show up as an option for shows if you search for them via Siri? That would be the icing on the cake as a way to transition completely away from TiVo...
     
  18. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like TiVo is just what you need then. Don't worry about the others, you're good to go.
     
  19. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Tivo n00b

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    It's funny because I bought a HD Homerun Prime to try to 'roll my own' whole house DVR. I gave up on it, and I think the WAF would have been quite low.

    I bought the Tivo and have been very happy with how simple and effective it is.

    I don't really want to go backwards to get recorded shows elsewhere. I remember when I could buy $99 mini's off Amazon. Wish I would have bought 4 or 5 more at that time . . .
     
  20. EWiser

    EWiser Active Member

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    If you watch a bunch of cable thru the whole house then maybe one would invest in the home rum Hd and channels. In a couple of years there maybe little use for recording linear tv. An on demand streaming will be the standard. We are in a transition away from linear tv.
     

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