Roku Channel Support

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by magnus, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    TiVo should work with Roku to create a channel on the Roku that will let you watch your TiVo.

    I wonder how hard that would be to get done.
     
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I've looked at this. The biggest problem is that the Roku lacks support for MPEG-2 playback.
     
  3. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    What does Roku support? Is it MPEG-4?

     
  4. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Yeah, h.264, IIRC. Maybe some others, too. But it doesn't really matter, for our purposes, what it does support, only what it doesn't. Outside of New Zealand, almost everything on a TiVo (and everything MRVable -- although the Premiere-only streaming reportedly changes this) is MPEG-2. You have to transcode it to get it onto the Roku, and neither the TiVo nor the Roku is up to that, so you'd have to use a third box (PC). Even then, it's challenging to do that in real time.

    Supposedly the Roku hardware would support MPEG-2, but the software does not.
     

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