Netflix Watch Instantly on TiVo - Excellent

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mtchamp, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. sburnside1

    sburnside1 Active Member

    Jan 28, 2009


    I have been watching Netflix on my Tivo for about a month now.

    I have had a lot of success. I can count the number of movies that were encoded badly on one hand so far. We even watch a lot of series like CSI's Numb3rs and the such thru netflix rather then live since it cuts the commercials and saves a tuner for something else.
  2. nycityuser

    nycityuser Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    New York, NY
    Since this is streaming video is one able to fast forward or pause a Netflix video? If I watch half a movie tonight and want to resume tomorrow, can I feasibly do this? I assume it would require fast forwarding through half the movie on the second day. If the video is streaming is this possible?
  3. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Netflix remembers where you paused/quit and it will automatically resume when you start the video back. You can pause/FF/RW however, it isn't as smooth as a regular video but it does work.
  4. Daghain

    Daghain Cable must die

    Feb 12, 2009
    I've only had a couple glitches with Nexflix watch instantly, but I totally love it so far. I've cut down to basic cable and use the streaming video for everything else. There's a ton of stuff to watch on there, plus I have the one DVD at a time plan to supplement. I'm saving about $50/month on television and now I'm actually watching the stuff I'm paying for.
  5. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Diego,...


    You can even go to another room and restart playback on another device registered to that account and it will start where you left off.
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    That's one reason I've never had to have cable. I couldn't justify the cost since I have more than enough to watch via OTA.

    I got netflix so I could catch some of the better cable shows and movies.
    Now that streaming is available to the TivoHD, I'm set. :cool:
  7. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    If it were not for the HiDef channels with cable I would not pay for it. But who knows, due to the high cost of my cable bill maybe next year I will go OTA and buy the shows I want to watch from iTunes.
  8. fyellin

    fyellin New Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    That's exactly what we did. With an HD antenna on our roof, we're getting much better reception OTA than we ever got form Comcast. $10 or $20/month to iTunes and NetFlix sure beats what we were paying for our monthly cable bill.
  9. Warren

    Warren Wild Hair

    Oct 18, 2001
    I have been testing these out on my Xbox360.

    What are the limits to watching the Streaming videos. I watch a movie from work while someone else streams a movie from home?

    Also are they moving to adding more movies to the streaming? I see a few that can't be streamed.

    I also see a few movies that say they will be removed from the instant que on April 1st. Will I be able to re add them or will they be removed from streaming all together.
  10. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Diego,...
    From their Instant Answers FAQ, What conditions do I need to be aware of?:
    Less than 20% of Netflix's collection is available for streaming. According to there are currently 15,436 titles available for streaming, a count which includes individual television episodes (it also says that if you count every television series as a single title, the count is 6,258); Netflix claims over 100,000 discs available to rent. They're adding new instant watching titles constantly, though the pace of that isn't as fast as many would like. It requires negotiation with the IP holders, as well as some effort to create the encodings (several per title, at various bit rates).
    Many of these are Starz Play selections, which are related to the content of Starz's various cable services, all of which eventually expires. Whether they'll be available again for instant watching is anyone's guess. It's possible.
  11. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

    Sep 24, 2004
    I believe the number of simultaneous streams is dependent on your Netflix Plan: 1-disc at-a-time=1-stream at-a-time, 2-discs=2-streams, etc., up to (at most) 4 streams at-a-time.
    The have >12000 titles available for streaming, and many many more available on DVD. They add more titles almost every day. I use Google Reader to scan the Watch Instantly RSS feed for updates:

    Items that expire are usually from Starz. They rotate the available titles in sync with their cable channels. Since I signed up for the service in late December, I haven't seen a title become available again after being removed from the queue, but they go into a seperate list that you can use to order the dvd version (usually, there are a few streaming-only titles).
  12. lstorey

    lstorey want a GS fix!

    Mar 17, 2005
    Netflix is why we got the HD Tivo (although we are having issues with it but that is another story)

    we LOVE streaming it live and have had no issues with what we are watching. It is really great!!
  13. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    I have to agree it's been great for us as well. We watched the entire first season of the new Dr. Who without any issues with our Series 3. We did find that episodes 2-14 of season 2 have an encoding problem and they said that they are working on it (just called back last night after a week and a half).

  14. mtchamp

    mtchamp New Member

    May 15, 2001
    I also want to say that adding shows to the Watch Instantly queue from my smart phone was easy enough. I also like the way more content is recommended that matches your picks. All in all, a killer application for TiVo and too bad not an exclusive. At least it's another reason to buy a TiVo.

    If TiVo could sell a box really cheap with just broadband content and OTA capability for a content subscription rather than a TiVo service subscription, then the masses might be interested. TiVo could do tiered service if you decide to us cablecards with an MSO. So I guess with all the possible ways you can now watch broadband content on your TV, I would expect TiVo to make a new subscription model available with it's content partners that doesn't include cable.
  15. fred2

    fred2 Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    I don't want to rain on this parade but have a few questions (issues):

    I was watching a foreign film (Grocer's Son) and at about 42 minutes into the film, the Tivo went into 'retrieving' mode. When it stopped, the subtitles were down the screen and only the first line showed somewhat, while the second line was below the screen. I attempted to "rewind" and that did not only not work, but suddenly we were at 45 minutes into the film and missed a segment and the subtitles were still badly placed.

    I tried changing the panel/display/whatever to shrink, enlarge, zoom to fix the subtitles but nothing got them showing right again at that point.

    So questions are:

    Any suggestions on fixing a playing movie so subtitles show again?

    How does one, if one can, backup or rewind a minute or so in the movie?

    Finally, canned the movie (the other half was NOT amused). Later I restarted the movie and left the room figuring I would pause it when it got close to the mixup. We shall see later when I attempt RESUME.
  16. NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    A few questions on this.

    1. Does Netflix have any current season tv shows on this? Say there's a new show that I never recorded and then heard good things about. Could I watch it via netflix even in the current season?
    2. Does Netflix have any HD content? If so how much and what type?
    3. Can you search for content from the Tivo or do you have to go online to initialize the download/queue?

    Thanks. I'm switching from Directv (I've had the DTivos for about 5 years) and the HR20 for HD DVR to Fios with Tivo HD in a few weeks. I've just gotta wait for the NCAA tournament as I love the Directv tournament package.
  17. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    1. No. Only shows that have gone to DVD. (See Below.)
    2. "HD" is a Netflix Instant View genre and there are a couple hundred titles there. In practice I've only gotten episodes of 30 Rock to actually show up in HD. Once or twice a show has started in HD and down-shifted to lower quality but usually it goes all the way in HD. Other titles seem to come through in a quality just below HD.
    3. No. Only on the PC.
  18. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Diego,...
    Yes. They have several current season shows, including Heroes from NBC and NCIS, all three CSI series and NUMB3RS from CBS. There may be more, but those all have available HD streams. In general, any new episode that airs is available as a Netflix stream on the day after it airs. (You can see a list of HD streams sorted by year here--all current season shows started in 2008).

    I use these occasionally when I miss recording something (I watch all of the ones that I mentioned). I wish that they had more :). Also, they almost always start (and stay) in HD for me. If something that I know has an available HD stream doesn't start in HD, I stop and start it again. If it switches to a stream with a lower bit rate (and lower PQ) because the speed of your connection slows momentarily, it won't switch back to a higher quality stream automatically (supposedly the PC Silverlight player can do that, but they don't have HD encodes for the PC).
  19. nycityuser

    nycityuser Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    New York, NY
    That link only works if you are a Netflix member. For those of us who are not members we are unable to query what shows/movies would be available to us on our TIVOs. I guess that is by design so as to "force" us to join.
  20. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Diego,...
    Even if you are a Netflix member, you can't see the streaming HD "genre" unless you have a device registered on your account which is HD capable (which'd be everything other than a PC). I'd forgotten that--sorry :). I suspect that that's the main reason why it doesn't work. Try this link, which is just a list of all available streams of television programs, HD or not, sorted by year.

    In any case, I checked, and the ones I listed are the only major network series whose current season is available (except for Jericho and Swingtown, both of which have been cancelled).

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