General Tivo ignorance...pls help

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Kevin mulvihill, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Kevin mulvihill

    Kevin mulvihill New Member

    Jan 13, 2021


    I'm just now deleting Xfinity/comcast and I've got a T Mobile router + wifi. What I'm curious about is *is there* a inexpensive TIVO (even used) that I might be able to DVR some shows wi/only
    a streaming element? TYIA
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    No TiVo device, from the legacy DVR platform to the new Stream 4K streaming stick, records from any streaming service. The DVR platform could only ever record from OTA antenna or cable TV sources.
  3. Kevin mulvihill

    Kevin mulvihill New Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    I thought so...thank you....just unsure how to dvr anything as I just hate commercials!!
  4. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    Nitpick: It would be more accurate to say "No TiVo device ... currently records from any streaming service."

    My Roamio used to record channels that were streamed from the Web, but TiVo removed that functionality roughly when TE4 was released. A blue LED would light up on the TiVo when those recordings were in progress. I miss that blue LED...
  5. Kevin mulvihill

    Kevin mulvihill New Member

    Jan 13, 2021


    are you saying then, that an old "roamio tivo" would/could record from streaming? I just checked ebay/amazon...none for sale ;(
  6. Kevin mulvihill

    Kevin mulvihill New Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    ok, I found one (amazon) but requires 14.95/mo tivo charge...just not worth it...but thank you so much for suggestion/post!
  7. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    You would simply subscribe to any of the streaming services that includes recording. Most of them do. There is very little need for a physical DVR these days. The trick is finding the streaming service that has the channels you want at the lowest price.

    Whatever snerd said about his Tivo recording streams is very, very, very misleading. Ignore that.
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  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    No, they did not record from streaming services the way you're wanting to do, never have.
    In the very early days there were some instances where they would download the content from Amazon (and possibly Netflix) to play locally, but it's not the same as what you are wanting.
  9. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    Excuse me? What exactly is misleading about my statement? My Roamio used to be able to record Web channels. They were streamed, not broadcast. I clearly stated that TiVo removed this capability, intending to clearly imply that such capability was no longer available.

    I don't think anything I said was misleading in any way. Perhaps mistinterpreted, but that ain't my fault.
  10. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    No, I'm not saying anything of the sort. The ability used to exist in old versions of TiVo software. TiVo has since removed that capability. Buying an old TiVo won't help restore that capability in any way.
  11. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    If you're talking about streaming live TV from services like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Fubo, etc., they come with their own "cloud DVR" service, but there is also a TiVo replacement called Channels DVR that will record most of those channels on your end. (If you have some patience, as it's quite friendly but still a bit DIY). See

    You can't always get all your local stations from those streaming services, and those who do often can't get to at least one — usually CBS — using Channels DVR. So for locals they add the Locast streaming service or an OTA (over-the-air) tuner like the HD HomeRun Connect Quatro, both of which also work with Channels DVR.
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  12. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    MOre like what isn't misleading about saying "My Roamio used to record channels that were streamed from the Web." to an OP who is ignorant of Tivo?

    It gives the wrong impression that Tivo used to record major streaming services. And was even a major function.

    I had a Roamio Plus for 6 years and don't recall that capability at all. And I can only think you are talking about a niche capability to record some niche web content.

    IN other words the definition of misleading. ;)
  13. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    So the phrase "Web channels" means "major streaming services?" I don't think so.

    The feature was accessed directly from the menu. You could get lists of Web casts right on the TiVo and subscribe to them, much like a season pass. It wasn't something obscure and hidden like using kmttg to accessThere was a lot of interesting content. Not my fault that you were oblivious to this feature. I guess I explore the capabilities of my equipment a bit more thoroughly than some users.

    I had no intent to mislead. I tagged it as a nitpick. I used the phrase "Web channels" not "streaming services. I clearly stated that the capability was removed by TiVo. Please stop twisting my words.

    Sheesh! I'm very, very, very sorry that I mentioned it. I was clearly so, so, so out of line. :rolleyes:
  14. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    Best approximation, the feature died of neglect sometime in 2015. And yes, it was basically a video podcast subscription/download process that showed up in your now playing list. Back when groups were doing video gaming, or new tech related video podcasts (CNET comes to mind, which had a weekly show) and hosting them in their RSS feeds. Nowadays that is of course completely replaced with Youtube channels for the mainstream folks, and, well, Youtube Channels for Tivo folks, if you can make Youtube Channels work on the Tivo....
  15. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    yes, they mean video podcasts, which is not "streamed from the web". It's basically downloading files.

    (I used it a lot too.. I just watch them nowadays on my iPad instead.. or sometimes airplay to tv)
  16. johnbrown44

    johnbrown44 New Member

    May 10, 2015
    Look in to the PlayOn service. You can record to your hard drive the streamed shows you are subscribed to, I.E. Netflix, Prime, IMDB, IFC, etc. I have had it for years, haven't recorded much with it, as I rarely subscribe to any pay TV services, mostly an OTA guy, which I record with CM DVR+ and now Tivo. Bad thing is it records real time, so a 2 hour show takes 2 hours. But I suppose that is how most DVRs work.
    [Edit] No CC on recorded shows, (according to my brief testing) a drawback for some of us older coots that use them.

    You then use a gizmo (I use Patriot Box Office, Roku and others may work) to play the recorded files on/to the TV. Seems to record in streamed resolution, be it HD or SD. Not sure if it records multiple shows at one time, but you can create a "Record List." Again, I haven't used the recording aspect of PlayOn extensively. I believe they have a free trial.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2021
  17. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    Hey you asked how it was misleading. Did you not want an answer? ;)
  18. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    There was a time, way back when the Series 3 was King of the Hill, that you could rent or buy programs from Amazon and Netflix directly from the built-in apps, and then those programs would be downloaded onto your S3 box for you to watch with full TiVo functionality. Usually, the programs were time-limited, so they went away when your rental period was over. This capability was removed from all TiVos MANY years ago.

    I seem to recall that they Amazon programs were a download, but the Netfilx was actually a buffered stream that could change PQ with slow speeds, but I would have to go find some of my old DVD recordings to verify just how it worked (if i really cared any more). While I personally do agree that this was effectively recording from a streaming service, it does absolutely no good to argue about it now - it is gone.

    The most important thing for any TiVo wanabe noob to know is that you cannot buy an old box to get this capability - NO TIVOs CAN RECORD FROM ANY INTERNET STREAM NOW. Period.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2021
  19. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Shortly before the Roamio was released, a Premiere could download Amazon content. On Roamio, Network Diagnostics, File Transfer History, there is still a line for the download speed. TE3 of course.
  20. Bruce24

    Bruce24 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    FWIW, when I read... "record channels that were streamed from the Web" in your original reply I wasn't sure what feature you were talking about. After another one of your message I totally got what you were talking about as it was a feature I used all the time and really missed when it went away.

    The feature was called something like TivoCast downloads and the way I remember it working is by site they gave you a list of webcast names you could select. For the ones you selected they would periodically check for new content and download a copy of the webcast to your Tivo. I remember getting a bunch of stuff from Cnet that way.
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