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

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  1. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I don't know anything about the TS4K. But I've had to deal with limited connections on Fire stick for years. It also had a single connection that had to carry power. I've seen people mention an OTG adapter for USB-C devices. For Fire stick, you can get adapters that spilt so you can connect power and a peripheral (drive, keyboard, enet adapter, IR adapter, etc.).
     
  2. NashGuy

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    Yeah. I'm thinking something like this might work:
    https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Upgraded-Delivery-Pixelbook-A83460A2-dp-B07ZVKTP53/dp/B07ZVKTP53
     
  3. mdavej

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  4. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    The google remote has 3 buttons it doesn’t need: input, power and mute.

    and mute is given way too much prominence on top of it.
    In the streaming age just pause the show or hit the home button or back button or turn the volume down (to mute.)

    and if your tv speaker is voice enabled you can mute with voice.


    HDMI-CEC takes care of input. And the Home button can double as a power on button and then hold for a sec to turn off.


    Side volume buttons are just like my rokutv remote.
    Shame if it doesn’t have a touch wheel. Not sure why the seemingly flat circle then.
     
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  5. foghorn2

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  6. foghorn2

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    Mute is prefect for commercials you cant skip, if anything the ad peddlers would not want that on the remote. Good move for consumers.
     
  7. tigercat74

    tigercat74 Lets go Bengals!!!!!

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    And I like to mute while watching a game when I'm talking to someone on the phone.
     
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  8. NashGuy

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    As others have said, mute is a useful function (especially during unskippable ads). On the ATV4K, the Channels app has a feature where you can shake the Apple remote to mute but that's only for that app and not nearly as convenient as a dedicated button.

    HDMI-CEC doesn't take care of input if all your devices don't support it. So while many won't need the Input button, it's nice that it's there, sort of out of the way, for those who do.
     
  9. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    no one said there would be zero casualties.


    but my 12 yr old plasma supports HDMI-CEC. and the cases for needing a dedicated mute button are weak.

    ie so seldom encountered that it's hardly a bother to (worst case) press the - volume button down a few times or hold it down for a second or two.

    I know I watch next to zero unskippable ads in the first place.
     
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  10. NashGuy

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    Good for you. You can avoid using those buttons or maybe just skip buying this device in the first place. Looks like your opinion on this matter is outnumbered here.
     
  11. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    lol that's the kind of answer people give when the other guy has a pt and they aren't ready to admit it yet. :)
     
  12. jaselzer

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    Personally, I find “mute” to be very useful. It is really the dedicated Netflix button that has me scratching my head


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    I don't mind the mute button, but as I'm still getting used to the TS4K remote my thumb keeps finding mute instead of the back button

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  14. Alex_7

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    Seems like every device that secures the official Netflix app has some sort of agreement to include the Netflix shortcut button on their remote.
     
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  15. mdavej

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    I use the heck out of mute, especially these days when watching streaming services with unskipable commercials. Mute is the next best thing to skip. Without mute, I'd have gone insane a long time ago after seeing the same Charmin commercial for the 100th time.

    Please, please don't take away my mute button. I don't want to have to yell at my TV at the beginning and end of every commercial when I can just move my thumb 1mm. I also can't afford to subscribe to the commercial-free version of a dozen different streaming services. So they're something I have to deal with one way or another.
     
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  16. warrenn

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    Having a mute button is awesome for streaming services with their repetitive, unskippable commercials. If you don't have a button for 30-second skip, then mute is the next best thing. But if you only watch commercial free services, then I can see how mute would be unnecessary.
     
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    They are the largest streaming service. So it does make sense to have them for a shortcut button.
     
  18. Noelmel

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    Except Apple TV but maybe that’s what Netflix still refuses to be a part of Up Next Channels lol.


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  19. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    lol what bizarro world do you live in that you are watching tons of unskippable commercials?

    Netflix - 0. Prime - 0. HBO - 0. ATV+ - 0. Disney+ - 0. YTTV recordings - 0. Showtime- 0. ...

    VOD is the only place I encounter them. And I watch next to zero VoD. The vibe in this forum always felt like avoid VoD at all costs.
     
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  20. tigercat74

    tigercat74 Lets go Bengals!!!!!

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    Hulu basic plan Peacock premium plan both have commercials.
     
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