Here's How to De-Tivo Your Stream + Speed It Up

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream 4K' started by ptcfast2, May 14, 2020.

  1. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    Did you try button mapper? I don't have my quatro yet so I haven't delved that far into it.

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    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    According to a Channels developer, the Live and Netflix buttons cannot be changed with Button Mapper. These two threads on TCF and CC refer to each other, and nobody has yet posted a way to remap those in either forum.
     
  4. BillyClyde

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    After I removed the TiVo stuff and then turned on the Channels Button Mapper in Accessibility Menu, it all worked as advertised, including when I hit the Live button it goes to live TV (last channel I was watching) in the Channels DVR app. I’m not sure why yours doesn’t do this and it still opens Sling?
     
  5. dbpaddler

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    Yeah. That's what the tech hive article mentioned.

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  6. Jim1348

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    I did this a few minutes ago and I think I like the TiVo Stream 4K quite a bit better now. Thank you, Ptcfast! It was easy, too, because my youngest son was home. He is 20 years old and an IT major. He became interested in what I was doing and commented that he had done similar things with his Android smartphone. So, when it was time to download and install Adblink, I said, "Do you want to do it?" He did and I watched. It was dead simple and quick!


     
  7. Moey

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    Thank you for your hard work
    I have a friend who did your tutorial on how to de TiVo your TiVo and his Netflix key stopped working
    How can I do your tutorial without losing my Netflix remote button?
    I need that button for Netflix so which command need to be modified
    Also is there any way to enable the android system volume because I can’t pair the TiVo remote to my tv
    Thx
     
  8. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    Did you do the latest update? And did you reset the remote and try again?

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  9. Moey

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    Yes I did both my tv is a Chinese model not sold in the usa with a Bluetooth remote it seems not compatible with the stream
     
  10. dbpaddler

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    Probably the reason why. Don't think my LeEco would work with it. Only worked on a Tivo learning remote. One of my peeves with tivo. Remotes are well designed, but crap functionality wise. Very few learn. Very few have back lights. Different non line of sight tech that's not always compatible with certain dvr's. They can never make just one perfect learning backlit remote. And even now they take control from the user. No back light. No learning. Annoying.

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  11. Moey

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    Any thoughts on how you can implement the de TiVo commands without losing the Netflix button
     
  12. dbpaddler

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    I didn't bother with adb. I was fine just disabling the apps. So my Netflix button still works. Didn't look into the adb commands, so not sure what disabled the button. You can try downloading button mapper and see what the list of commands is, to see if tur Netflix one is in there. But I'd see if others experienced the same issue, as I haven't read that happening.

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  13. rczrider

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    Why isn't this thread a sticky?

    Anyway, I'm on my third TS4K and figured I'd finally try removing the useless TiVo stuff and a few other things. On this unit, I'm doing:
    1. "de-TiVo" via adbLink per the OP
    2. Button Mapper to make the dumb TiVo button something useful (like Home)
    3. Uninstalled Android TV Home update that turned the TS4K into a digital billboard for crap I don't care about (Play Store > My Apps > Apps on this device > Android TV Home > Uninstall Updates)
    4. Sideloaded Smart YouTube TV (via adbLink) to get rid of ads
    5. Disabled the Stream app
    So as long as TiVo doesn't bork the software again (which, let's be honest, they have a 50/50 shot of doing with each update) - and assuming this particular remote doesn't randomly "sleep" and/or completely forget how to use my soundbar or TV - we finally have a device that is much closer to being worth $50!
     
  14. Alex_7

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    Did they re-add developer options? Last I heard was the recent firmware update removed the option to enable developer options
     
  15. dbpaddler

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    Well if he bought yet another one, it's probably still on the older firmware, and then they halted the update.

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  16. rczrider

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    Didn't they release a small firmware update that removed the PIN from developer options? My second unit had access, lost it, and received an update at some point (I didn't see it happen) that re-enabled developer access. Oddly, it was after that update that my remote went on the fritz, though it might just be coincidence.

    The unit I got today did an update after I set it up, but when I went to force an update check after that, it said there weren't any. Based on the menus, it looked like the latest firmware.
    I didn't buy a third one, it's a replacement Amazon sent me for the second that had a defective remote that TiVo wouldn't replace. I wasn't aware you could halt the update outside of turning off the internet or unplugging the device (and then I assume it'll just resume once it's back online).

    If I'd thought about it, I'd check my router for the IP or domain that TiVo uses for firmware updates and then block that at the router level so they can't update it without my permission.
     
  17. blackngold75

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    Does the AndroidTV home screen still look the same after "de-TiVo'ing"? I'd assume yes, but just curious. Thanks.
     
  18. dbpaddler

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    You'd have to uninstall the updates on the Google app and uncheck auto update to remove their new ad at the top.

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  19. rczrider

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    Anyone done this with the latest update? Amazon just refunded my money and told me to keep the TS4K I tried to return, so I unpacked it and let it update. Following the instructions in the OP doesn't get rid of the useless Stream app on the home screen anymore.
     
  20. dbpaddler

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    Scratch that. Not sure if I had to, but I in installed updates, re-disabled, restarted. Went to customize channels and unchecked the remaining stream recommendations. And it's gone from the Google menu.

    Could I have not Uninstalled updates? Not sure. Started playing and forgot about customizing channels. So I'd try that first and see if you can uncheck the recommended originals one from stream. Maybe that one just re-enabled itself with the update.

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