Netflix on Tivo Sux!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Emacee, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Emacee

    Emacee Member

    Dec 15, 2000
    I am getting really fed up with Netflix streaming on Tivo (in addition to all the other reasons to be fed up with Netflix right now). I go to watch something and there's no sound. Or there's no picture. Sometimes I can hit the jump-back button and that will fix things; sometimes not. These problems don't happen if I watch Netflix on my computer, just on Tivo.

    On top of that, the Netflix episode lists for TV series don't show which I've already watched on Tivo (like the website does), which is also inconvenient.

    It's reaching the point where I just watch Netflix on my computer (even though I can't use the remote control).
  2. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    I agree.

    Solution: Get a Roku.
  3. Stinkweed8

    Stinkweed8 Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    This has been an ongoing issue with Netflix being ridiculously bad on TiVo. Unbelievably, the interface / UI for Netflix has not been changed EVER that I know of...even with a whole new Series 4 "Premier" TiVo being released with "HD" interface. Its incredibly bad form on TiVos part (which is essentially a software company) not to improve the software on this. Perhaps Netflix is going by the wayside anyway since they are currently the poster child of poorly managed.
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    TiVo hasn't improved the software much at all since the Premiere was released 1 1/2 years ago, and that was half baked as it was. The Netflix app hasn't been updated at all since it was released on the S3 units like 4+ years ago.

    Hopefully now that TiVo is done suing Dish they can get back to actually developing software. It's been a loooooong time since we've seen anything truly innovative come out of TiVo HQ.

  5. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Get a Roku. I gave up on networked features on the TiVo a long time ago.
  6. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    yup, I use my PS3. The 360 is usable but clunky.
  7. turbobuick86

    turbobuick86 Member

    May 2, 2002
    The world is turning to streaming video en masse. When the day comes that you can stream what you want, when you want it, the DVR becomes obsolete. TiVo needs to step up and compete with ROKU and others if they want to remain relevant.

    Just being the best DVR won't necessarily keep TiVo in business.
  8. timatkn

    timatkn New Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I guess I am lucky with Netflix on my Premiere. Not perfect, but far from the issues others seem to have. Thanks for this post I went from feeling like Netflix was clunky to feelign pretty good about my product now :)

    I have the XBOX and I like the Premiere way better. I dropped my online memebrship since I no longer access Netflix on it anymore. I guess just different issues for different people.

  9. turbobuick86

    turbobuick86 Member

    May 2, 2002
    Netflix streams perfectly on my TiVo's also, but its the most basic of operation. You can seach a title, but not browse Netflix's library. It's also not intuitive enough to remember what episode I watched last. They've lumped all seasons/all episodes into one big pile. I'm old, I can't remember which episode I watched last, I rely on computers. :D

    These aren't major failures, but they are annoyingly easy for other hardware to perform. We all, obviously, want TiVo to thrive, but for whatever reason they are slow to improve on their shortcomings.

    TiVo lacks streaming for Amazon Prime free service and parts of Hulu.
  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Netflix has been rock solid on my TiVos. It's always been my GoTo box. When there are netflix issues with my other devices, I can go to my tiVos and it is still working great.e
    I'll normally use the TiVos for 720P stereo content since the TiVo has native resolution output so the best picture form the dozen or so netflix devices I have for 720P streams is from my tiVos. Since I run it through an Algolith flea and DVDO DUO.
  11. vio2112

    vio2112 New Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    South of Heaven
    Tivo has no part in the development of Netflix software. That is handled by Netflix themselves. This is why for example, the Hulu software on Tivo is identical to the Hulu software on Roku. Basically what Tivo is stuck with is the obsolete "version 1.0" Netflix software while most other streaming devices use "version 2.0." It's my understanding that Tivo is contractually obligated to continue using this dated/unstable/clunky software. It's not their choice and until Netflix agrees to provide them with new software, it shall remain this way. Your best bet to get this addressed is to bombard Netflix with complaints. Bitching about it on this forum will lead to a whole lot of nothing.

    Like others have noted here, this solution for now is simple. Get a Roku for 50 bucks or if you have a video game console use that instead.

    Oh, and Netflix is still a 24 million strong empire. I would wager they're a long ways from going by the wayside...
  12. KungFuCow

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    Fixed your post.

    I have a Roku. Its the worst streaming device I have. The UI is nice, thats about it.

    Well, I shouldnt say that. Lemme revise. If you dont care about streaming your own media, get the Roku. The WD Live Hub, for me, is the best streaming device readily available. Its got Hulu and Netflix which were important to me and it will stream about anything.
  13. vurbano

    vurbano Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    netflix itself sux. The BD streaming selection is a joke, IMO.
  14. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    No one offers a BD streaming selection.
  15. JJK1954

    JJK1954 Beatle Freak!

    Sep 6, 2011
    Bayside, NY
    I agree that it is very bad. Tivo is a great product, but a lot of the navigation, look and feel has not changed since I had it with Directv back ten years ago. I just don't get it. Half of it has kept up with the times, and half hasn't.The best Netflix navigation I have seen is on Roku.
  16. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    Have you seen their stock price lately? Dropped about 67% in three months. They have made a LOT of mistakes in a small amount of time. They just need a viable competitor to swoop in and Netflix could very well be the next Blockbuster.
  17. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The stock was way over valued. It was expected to drop at some point to more realistic levels which is now where it's at. Besides stock prices aren't necessarily driven by reality.
  18. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    So maybe the current price isn't reality?

    The thing that people have to realize is that Tivo doesn't give a damn what it's customers think. How many times have we done these surveys asking the same questions over and over? They never change a damn thing. Blaming Netflix for the poor app is BS. Tivo owns the device and if Tivo cared about it's customers they would force Netflix to work with them and redesign an app. Tivo simply doesn't care.

    Tivo has goals and they have nothing to do with customer satisfaction or innovation.
  19. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I am not sure how you think TiVo could force Netflix to do anything. That aside many companies limit the amount they will spend on customer satisfaction (think cable companies) because it isn't profitable.

    Remember the purpose of any publicly traded company is to make as large of a return on investment for it's investors as possible. If spending money to improve customer satisfaction doesn't result in a return on the cost of doing so then they don't do it.

    Heck Ford made the decision back in the 70's that it made more sense to allow some of their customers to be killed when Pintos where rear ended and burned up than to fix the problem.

    It is always about making $$$ and that is why we need Government to regulate and force companies to behave in a minimally acceptable manor and to have the court system as a backup when that fails.
  20. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    Because EVERY other device has been able to get a better Netflix interface on their devices. What is Tivo's excuse????

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