Has Tivo ever considered intergrating Roku or FireTV?

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  1. nrnoble

    nrnoble Active Member

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    Sadly Tivo has fallen far behind other streaming devices, has Tivo ever consider teaming up with Roku or Amazon (fireTV) to intergrate one of those platforms so that a Tivo DVR simply leverages apps that are already target a popular streaming platform.

    I understand it would require business negotiations, contracts, new Tivo hardware, etc.
     
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  2. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    Are you not following how their DVR business is going? On top of the fact they just embraced Android TV with the Tivo 4k Stream and didn't include DVR access with it? As soon as you accept the fact they don't give a crap about DVR customers, you'll find acceptance and be able to move on, either finding another DVR solution or just knowing you need to embrace a separate streaming solution.

    They are a software/patent/data&viewing habit mining company. They secretly wish all cable would go to IPTV and the cable card would go the way of the dodo.

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  3. davezatz

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    The used to provide a (beta) Fire TV app. They pulled it down and started working on app for Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV for us retail customers as virtual minis. Then they killed that project near the goal line. PM says TiVo Stream 4K won't get those extender features either.
     
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    The cable/satellite/service provider/operator DVR business is where the focus (and money) is for TiVo, and for those customers they can (optionally) run Android TV and provide all the Android TV apps (that the provider authorizes) and provide DVR functionality (if the provider chooses to enable it).

    However, that operator solution cannot be offered in that way for retail sales due to licensing requirements, and the TiVo stream, while a fine device, is not targeted as a DVR (even though Android TV itself does have some DVR capabilities).

    Arguably, self hosted DVRs are on the seriously endangered species list (and would seem more likely to eventually go extinct that ever get off the endangered list) as provider cloud based solutions and the OTT offerings offer equivalent functionality for those that have adequate bandwidth.
     
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  5. nrnoble

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    The title and first post appear to be worded poorly, what I am asking is that a Tivo DVR have Roku integrated, or integrated FireTV, or Apple TV, etc. Clearly it would not do all, just team up with one of those streaming device platforms to offer a TiVo DVR that already supports the 100+ streaming apps rather than Tivo's handful that is dwindling.

    I suppose the question is irrelevant because if Tivo wanted to have a partnership with one of major streaming devices, it would have already happen by now. Or one would have bought out the other.
     
  6. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    Everyone understood your question. And everyone told you simply, no. It will never happen. Again, they don't want to be in the dvr business period. They completely missed that integration boat, if they ever considered it at all. They wish their dvr's would die and all they had to focus on was their software, data mining and TS4k to aid in that data/viewing habit mining and platform for cable companies.

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  7. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    They would have to give the OTT app way and lose the revenue stream from selling minis. They would rather sell a mini with limited apps that do not have the full functionality. You can side load the android app on a fire tv and use it with a Bluetooth mouse and the remote, but it's clunky and missing the full Tivo functionality.
     
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