Love/Hate TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by autotech4, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    They promised something more and never delivered. The Premiere was supposed to be the "one box" combining their superior DVR with the ability to do apps. Then they introduced OnePass, which actually removed some functionality that people used*, promising that it would blend seamlessly streaming content with recorded content. It's barely functional with poor data and severe delays on when content becomes available.

    * Prior to OnePass you could set up multiple Season Passes for the same show with different options. Like have one that was set to record only new episodes from the primary broadcast channels and then a second one set to record the syndicated episodes on every other channel, but with a KAM limit so you only had a few laying around if you were in the mood. OnePass made it so you could only have one per show and you either had to choose a specific channel or all channels. And if you set a limit syndicated episodes could potentially delete unwatched first run episodes. If they wanted to focus on just being the best DVR they would have ignored all that.

    Somewhere along the lines TiVo lost their way. Torn between wanting to be a DVR but integrate new streaming content, while also focusing heavily on trying to sell their platform to MSOs while ignoring the retail product. It was like the company was being pulled in two different directions and they never really moved anywhere because of it.

    In the early days they were a scrappy startup that was always innovating, then somewhere along the line they turned into one of those old companies that was just trying to hold on to what they had. Like Microsoft during the smartphone revolution. They gave it a halfhearted attempt and ultimately failed, now they're stuck clinging to what they have.
     
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  2. Mikeguy

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    I absolutely agree--TiVo wasn't able to get the ball down the field. But now, with that reality, I'm kinda/sorta OK with accepting TiVo for what it's excelled at: ultra DVR capability. (Until TiVo really could complete and do what it had it eyes on, if there's ever any chance of that.)
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I don't like having to switch back and forth between devices and remotes. Which is why I was looking forward to the TiVo apps, but those are essentially canceled. Instead they're going to release their own streaming stick device which has no ability to communicate with their actual DVRs. I like the design of the remote for that thing, and I think Hydra is as good as the UI used for FireTV or AppleTV, so I guess I'm OK with that. But since it can't actually talk to their own DVR we're still left in the same boat.
     
  4. janitor53

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    Yep. It seems so obvious that a great OTA DVR combined with new apps and/or an actual app store is the killer app. I'm not sure why they can't seem to get that online and utilize their awesome guide and remote control. I watch this company just flounder around when there's a huge seller sitting out there waiting for them and I shake my head. I just don't get it.
     
  5. Mikeguy

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    In other words, do what OnePass was kinda/sorta supposed to be.
     
  6. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

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    They need original content, perhaps a reality show. Something that will glue people to their media devices.:)
     
  7. trip1eX

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

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    Starring TivoTed! I would watch. Inner workings of Tivo. Front row seat to their decision making processes. HIre a a few interns with iphone cameras and working knowledge of Final Cut Pro and they'd be set.
     
  8. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

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    I like where your head is at. I think in order to fully utilize this idea we should cast the starting role to a well known celebrity actor perhaps a child star so we can watch them grow up in front of the cameras.:)
     
  9. shwru980r

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    I think many Tivo owners will buy the new streaming stick thinking it will have connectivity with their Tivo and then returning it when they find out it doesn't. If someone already owns a Tivo, they aren't likely to pay another fee for the Sling cloud DVR service. It will probably generate many negative reviews.
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Probably. Depends on how it’s branded. If it clearly says "requires SlingTV" it might not.
     
  11. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    LOL. What a killer idea! Guaranteed a viewership approaching the thousands, i.e., those who participate in these discussions. :p And what a morale booster for the TiVo employees!
     
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  12. trip1eX

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

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    It could go viral. Make Tivo billions. And make every employee a millionaire. :)
     
  13. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    It would probably be something like The Osbournes I'd guess. :D:rolleyes:
     
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  14. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

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    A TivoTed, TED talk maybe..
     
  15. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    It's not TE4 only if you have some tech skills and are willing to mess around with kmttg.
     

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