Migrating to Amazon Recast from TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Charles R, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Adam C.

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    I started noticing lip sync issues on my Firestick when watching Prime Video and the Youtube app. So the lip sync problem may not necessarily be directly related to the Recast. I found this video and it seems to have fixed the problem. Give it a try. Make sure you follow the steps at the end to clear all the caches and restart the stick.

     
  2. Charles R

    Charles R Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure it's native to the Fire TV (audio processing). Don't think the above will "fix" the issue. Rather like skip back it may get you in sync until the next time it happens. Somewhat related I wasn't a fan of the audio settings as much like the TV signal strength they are "dumbed" down to the point of being rather cryptic.
     
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  3. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    For the record, we have not seen lip sync issues on our two Fire TV sets or our Fire TV Stick 4K. Just want to throw that out there for anyone thinking of buying another Fire TV product. Based on posts here I'm not sure I'd buy a Recast yet though.
     
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  4. mdavej

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    My Fire TV (TV not stick) has lipsynch issues a lot on several apps, including Prime, Recast, Pluto, etc. But it seems to happen randomly and works fine most of the time. I think it's more an OS level issue rather than a specific app.
     
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  5. Charles R

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    I think there are far too many variables for anyone to recommend one or the other without really defining one's use case.

    In my case it would have been virtually an even swap (money wise) although the PBS reception issue couldn't be overlooked. For someone new to OTA recording the Recast is probably a "lot" cheaper. And even knowing the various advantages if my TiVo "died" I'd probably go back to the Recast and try a signal booster. I'd be giving up more than I'm gaining however with the lesser price I could/would justify it.
     
  6. Puppy76

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    This possible lip sync issue would be an absolute deal breaker for me, though also (if I haven’t mentioned it) for years now fire tv hardware has been left permanently in Wifi pairing mode, making it entirely insecure.

    I had a first gen firetv which I liked quite a lot (when individual apps weren’t broken for months at a time) but then they switched to WiFi controllers and switched it so it was in pairing mode 24/7, presumably because they don’t have physical buttons on the units to activate pairing mode for a few seconds and amazon just doesn’t care, and leaves it always pairing/insecure.
     
  7. Adam C.

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    I really don't think the lip sync issue is a Recast problem. I have had lip sync issues with my Firestick apps but NOT when watching the Recast. I think part of the problem is that the audio and video settings are, by default, set to "Auto" in the Firestick. I adjusted mine to force Stereo for audio and 1080p for video and that seems to have eliminated the lip sync problems.
     
  8. Charles R

    Charles R Active Member

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    Pretty sure you have... :)
     
  9. Jim1348

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    I was looking at the Amazon Fire TV Recast earlier today at a Best Buy. I, too, am tempted to try it, but I haven't, yet. I am glad that I found this thread.
     
  10. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    FWIW: I've only had a single instance of lip sync issues with my FireTV, and that was on Prime Video content, not anything recorded on the Recast. I had lip sync issues more often with DirecTV, although never with Dish IIRC. Anything that transcodes is going to be susceptible to lip sync problems now and again.
     
  11. wizwor

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    Keep your eyes open for deals on the Recast and 4kFTV. The two tuner model has been as low as $130 and the FTVs have routinely been $25. For $150, you really ought to scratch that itch. A friend who finally relented and bought a Recast told me last week he is getting rid of cable.
     
  12. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

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    Great report, thank you!
     
  13. Teavo

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    I'm intrigued by this as a backup to my Roamio but it's $280 at Best Buy right now.
     
  14. Charles R

    Charles R Active Member

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    Best Buy often has the 4-tuner for $179... at least they have in the past. When Amazon places it on sale Best Buy matches the price for a week.
     
  15. TeamPace

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    I though I had seen this info before but does the Recast use Gracenote for it's guide data? I noticed that TiVo (data provided by Rovi) this week has episode numbers messed up for "This is Us" putting them out of order in the list. My Recast had them right.
     
  16. Charles R

    Charles R Active Member

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    Not sure who they use however I wasn't (overly) impressed with the guide data during the few weeks I used the Recast. I found it lacking and checking a few listings TiVo had better data... overall I didn't do a lot of comparisons.
     
  17. JLGomez2667

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    Just switched.. and will never look back after the new stunts tivo is playing.. my tivo bolt ota 2tb will lifetime and 2 minis r up for sale on ebay for 550 as a package.. bye bye tivo
     
  18. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I've given up on my Recast. It just isn't stable for me. It constantly skips recordings for no apparent reason. I just use YTTV.
     
  19. JLGomez2667

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    U know that the basic recordings setting. Is keep 20 shows max.. is it possible it the 21st show.. but anyway ur more then welcome to bid on my tivo bolt with the 2 minis I'm taking offers..
     
  20. rts

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    I got a new tiVO Bolt OTA and was looking to shift in the opposite direction - from recast to TiVo, mainly because of poor video quality of the recast. I agree with you - I get much better channel reception than my Bolt. The bolt is very sensitive to over and under loading of channels. A couple of channels get constant pixellation on TiVo while they run flawlessly on recast (same antenna). Also, turns out that TiVo Bolt's picture quality is not that much better than recast (it is, but slightly - a bit more so on 1080i channels obviously). My HDHomeRun blows both away in picture quality (though powered by a high end Nvidia card in my media center).
     

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