Tivo Beta on Fire TV?

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by cartercarter, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    Great for streaming outside the house. Brutal to use compared to Mini (10 remote buttons vs. 40). I've never tried it on any device except Fire TV.

    Fire stick is much cheaper and works the same but slower.
     
  2. RustySTL

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    How is everyone's video quality? I'm using a Fire TV stick and I tried it out of home and the video quality is pretty poor. I'm working out of town and went home this past weekend and tried it and it was still quite poor, but then one day it was crystal clear. I had a pretty good wifi connection in both places. Just wondering if it's just because it's still beta.
     
  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    I think this thread represents where it is generally. I have never heard of anyone claiming it was crystal clear before.
     
  4. fyodor

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    The FTV app is a repurposed version of an app designed for tablets and phones. That's the baseline level of performance you should expect.
     
  5. RustySTL

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    Unfortunately the Ipad app has much better quality than the fire tv app. I realize it's a beta app, but was just hoping that it would be better than it is.
     
  6. lew

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    I'm not sure it's that much better. I've used an apple 30 pin to HDMI adapter to view iPad on my TV set. PQ was just OK, not sure if it was any better then fire stick.

    If you're going to use a TV on a regular basis a mini is far superior to an app based solution.

    For occasional use its OK.
     
  7. mdavej

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    What kind of upload speeds are you guys talking about? With my 3Mbps, the PQ from the Stream is abysmal. Are you saying that even with plenty more bandwidth, there is little to no improvement? My Slingbox looks a hundred times better on the same limited bandwidth, but the interface is a lot clunkier.
     
  8. Series3Sub

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    Rusty, here is what I've found in dealing with that issue. You should know I am talking about viewing on my LAN because I've not had the opportunity to view the Fire TiVo app at a remote location.

    OK, so my LAN WILL provide excellent PQ, but at times, the Fire TiVo app will start off with LOW PQ as seen by my eye and confirmed by the bar at the lower left of the screen. Here is the work around that has worked 100% so far:

    Back out of the poor quality streaming video and then select ANOTHER TiVo DVR to stream from--and it seems to work when I select ANOTHER Roamio unit, not the Premieres, but I'll have to experiment some more--and begin playback from there. In all my cases, at this point, the video is EXCELLENT quality and no low quality bar at the bottom left. NOW, I go back and select the TiVo DVR I originally wanted, and, as if by magic, it also now streams at very high excellent quality with no low quality bar at the bottom left.

    I don't know if the above will work for you, but give it a try. It has ALWAYS worked for me, but I have TWO Roamios to play with, I don't know if it will work changing to a Premiere and back. It seems switching to a Roamio or DIFFERENT Roamio on the network has been the key to me.
     

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