TiVo Launches $50 Streaming Video Player to Take On Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV

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  1. wco81

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    I like to stream HBO and Showtime because the episodes are available at East Coast time while I'm out on the West Coast.

    PQ is better than Comcast Xfiniity HBO and Showtime channels, which are low bitrate 720p.

    Also have Amazon Prime and Hulu but don't watch those as much.

    But won't give up my Tivo for streaming because streaming doesn't have trick play modes like skipping commercials or even 30 second skips, which are very useful.
     
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  3. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    That's a nicely integrated package, possibly everything the Stream 4K should have been. Looking forward to reviews.
     
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    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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  6. cwoody222

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    Is this basically just like the Recast?

    Plug in your antenna anywhere in the house, pick up your channels and recordings on the app on a variety of devices?
     
  7. BillyClyde

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    Any word on whether this AirTV device will integrate into the TiVo Stream 4K’s SlingTV guide, or will it be like the old ones where the local OTA channels won’t integrate and you have to use the actual SlingTV app instead?
     
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    I do dig the integration of locast with the Tivo Stream 4k guide, all for free (assuming you live in one of the markets compatible... I'm in the NYC area so I see it).

    Not paying for sling, the Stream's "guide" was just useless (to me) tivo+ content. Now it kind of reminds me of my current tivo (in that the guide actually represents something I want to watch, in a grid format).

    Quality is grainy as heck and the nag for the $5/month donation would not make this my primary way to receive locals. But in a pinch, its a nice additional option as a back up.
     
  9. mdavej

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    No idea. But I suspect you'll have to use the SlingTV app.
     
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  10. mdavej

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    Exactly. But unlike Recast, this is platform agnostic, as far as I can tell. Recast only works on Fire TV and mobile apps.
     
  11. blackngold75

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    The TS4Ks and HDHomeRun showed up yesterday. I spent a few hours last night and I really like this setup. There's a few warts here and there, but I think if I disable the TiVo app and remap some buttons, this is a really usable solution for me. Also tried out Channels DVR - really good and it works with my existing NAS! Still haven't tried out the HDHomeRun DVR software, but I'll give it a shot.

    The warts:
    • unable to get the remote to control volume on my AVR (I think I saw instructions for a workaround)
    • No surround sound on my AVR for Netflix & Prime - what's the minimum I need: DD+? Darn, I might have to replace my 10-year-old receiver. ;-)
    • TiVo app would be awesome if it could integrate ChannelsDVR, and if I could choose what gets integrated into that app. As it is, not worth much to me.
    • Need to remap buttons so the TiVo button does something useful
     
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  12. blacknoi

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    Oh where, oh where have my dedicated pause/rew/ff buttons gone, oh where, oh where can they be?
     
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    I may end up buying one of these, too.
     
  14. Pokemon_Dad

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    You've probably already seen this, but there's a long thread on that topic over on the Channels Community: https://community.getchannels.com/t/tivo-stream-4k-button-mapper-for-remote/22719

    Not sure exactly what to do about the other issues, but they seem solvable. I am sure after you try the HDHR DVR UI, you'll run screaming back to Channels DVR, lol.
     
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    Yeah, you should definitely skip the HDHomeRun DVR. I can't even find the words to describe how bad it is.
     
  16. blackngold75

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    After playing around some more with Channels, I'm pretty sure they're going to get my money for the first year of service. And the TS4K has been solid so far

    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
     
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  17. BillyClyde

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    Just to clear this up even further, here are posts from AVS Forum discussing this very thing. The “Kris” being referred to is “Kris Deering”, ISF Calibrator extraordaire and expert in these matters. Perhaps if you don’t believe me, you’ll believe him and the actual facts?


    What it sounds like to me is that maybe the TS4K isn’t sending out proper HDR metadata to kick some displays into their proper HDR modes so it displays correctly, or maybe the display just ignores it for whatever reason, idk?

    I’m now using an HDFury for the LLDV mod, so that must be treating it properly with its EDID and I’m just not seeing what you’re seeing, because it looks amazing here on my displays and projector.
     
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  20. aaronwt

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    I'll use a Harmony remote with it. Just like I would have with the TS4K if I had not returned them.

    Sent from my Nexus 7(32GB)
     
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