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

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  1. May 7, 2020 #1581 of 2219
    stuart628

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    thats not the way single sign on works, for example on apple tv I put my tv provider login in and it takes that and does auto logins to all my apps like espn, hgtv, fox sports (or 90% of them). So you would just use your providers login email and it does the rest...Apple tv and firesticks do this and do it well....I am not sure about android tv and I left roku platform a while ago.
     
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    aaronwt

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    I see. I don't use those apps since they have commercials.
     
  3. May 7, 2020 #1583 of 2219
    Steveknj

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    I went ahead and ordered it. I'll see how I like it. It's only $50 right? If it does what you describe, it should become my go-to.
     
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    smark

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    This is from the cable or TV provider to authorize individual channel apps. Apple TVs for example support single sign on for DirecTV so you don't have to enter you DirecTV credentials everytime. YouTubeTV does not.
     
  5. May 7, 2020 #1585 of 2219
    babsonnexus

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    Some notes from this video:

    • :handok: They released this before the Beta was officially over. Congrats, we all just paid to be late beta testers! I mean, we knew that, but now it's official.

    • :thumbsup: There is a USB-C port on the side that currently does nothing, but there is a lot that could be done with that both officially (ethernet port, direct connection to external HD for local recordings, etc...) and unofficially (side-loading).

    • :thumbsdown: Integration with all apps is not there yet. The reviewer specially mentions AppleTV not being integrated. Again, you can load it, but you have to manage it separately. I believe the big ones (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, CBS All Access, HBO Go, etc...) should be OK, but there will be Apps that just aren't integrated out of the gate. They could come later, but the more specialized the app and the smaller the userbase, the less likely this will be.

    • :thumbsdown: Number buttons do nothing right now except allow you to type numbers in usernames/passwords. The Sling channels don't have numbers, and it appears you cannot resort them alphabetically yet (only by "category"). I don't know if this will change when Pluto gets integrated into the Guide, but right now using the Pluto app the reviewer could not just type in a channel number.

    • :thumbsdown: If you have an AirTV to watch local channels on your Sling, they will not show up on the Guide (YET!). You have to use the Sling App directly to view those channels. This also applies to recording from those channels. Although the video didn't mention it, I believe this means you would have to go into the Sling app to see your local recordings instead of just going to the bookmark menu, but I'd need someone else to confirm that. This makes me glad I'm already going the HDHomeRun + Plex or Channels DVR route.

    • :thumbsup: It came with Downloader pre-installed, so he could side-load a bunch of stuff. Some of it is not perfect (like AT&T TV Now), but "it gets the job done". Again, they won't be integrated, but they'll be there. To me, this means that we can sideload the TiVo Android App and access our boxes that way. Can't wait to try this out!!

    • :thumbsup: The beta tester like it so much he actually bought a second one! He compares it as close to a NVidia Shield.

    • :handok: It is very close to being the one-stop shop it promises to be. So long as updates are coming, it can get there. If not, it is still a very good Android TV stick with Chromecast.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I've never had an Android TV device, but can you install other Android apps on these devices? For example, I have the DirecTV app on my Android phone (as I sub to SAT), could that show up on here? I'm thinking of a backup if I have a rainfade situation.
     
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  7. May 7, 2020 #1587 of 2219
    cybergrimes

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    If there's an Android TV compatible version of the app available in the Play Store.
    A phone version of an app could be sideloaded with an APK but probably wouldn't respond to your remote since it's expecting touch input.
     
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    smark

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    You generally can side load anything. One thing that I look forward to is the ease of installing a VPN app so that one can get around blackouts.
     
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    trip1eX

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    YOu can always cast it to your tv as the STream is a Chromecast ...unless that capability is somehow blocked for that app if that is possible.
     
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  10. May 7, 2020 #1590 of 2219
    cybergrimes

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    I can see the DirecTV app is not compatible with any of my Android TV devices from the Play website but there is a Dish Anywhere app. Switch it up @Steveknj !
     
  11. May 7, 2020 #1591 of 2219
    EWiser

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    Yes I was talking about ad skipping.
    Netflix hasn’t let another apple to link their shows outside of their own application
    Why Netflix Won’t Be Part of Apple TV


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  12. May 7, 2020 #1592 of 2219
    cwoody222

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    it’s not unusual for a product to be released while testing is still ongoing. Some products NEVER stop testing.

    iOS testing continues right thru releases, too.

    As for AppleTV+ I didn’t hear him say it was on the device but not integrated. He just said it wasn’t available.

    Being an Android device, that is not surprising.
     
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  13. May 7, 2020 #1593 of 2219
    dadrepus

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    So got my notice from Tivo that my unit has shipped but then I check Fedex and it says that only a label was generated. Typical on-line business tactic that tries to make you think things are shipped when in fact they are not.
     
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    dadrepus

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    Nothing on Apple tv I care to watch.
     
  15. May 7, 2020 #1595 of 2219
    cwoody222

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    After dealing with two unrelated FedEx missed deliveries and speaking to a manager today, I have close to zero confidence my TiVo Stream 4k will arrive Saturday like it’s supposed to.

    The FedEx manager confirmed that the delivery updates we can see on their website are not as accurate as what their internal systems show.

    I have two items that were due to be delivered yesterday and he admitted they are still sitting on a tractor trailer waiting to be unloaded at my local distro center.

    So, “out for delivery” doesn’t necessarily mean that.

    Yea, that’s messed up.

    So maybe I’ll have my new TiVo toy next week sometime.

    And while not their fault, I hope Tivo understands their shipping partner is helping to ruin their customer experience.
     
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  16. May 7, 2020 #1596 of 2219
    pfiagra

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    I think the TCF moderators have something against the Stream 4K based on the forum being stuck after the Premiere forum.

    Or maybe they will move this forum before the Edge forum if it lives up to TiVo’s hype. ;)
     
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  17. May 7, 2020 #1597 of 2219
    Noelmel

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    The website says and all their videos show Netflix is integrated with this. It works similar to how one pass does now


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  18. May 7, 2020 #1598 of 2219
    mattyro7878

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    Why? I do not understand.
     
  19. May 7, 2020 #1599 of 2219
    mdavej

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    Why buy a $50-$70 Stream 4k when you could run the app for free on the hardware you already have? Unless the remote is worth $50 to you, what does the Stream hardware do that nobody else does?
     
  20. May 7, 2020 #1600 of 2219
    Mikeguy

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    It's listed right after the TiVo DVR sub-forums (perhaps because DVRs still are TiVo's main line of business and get the most attention here?) and before the TiVo Mini sub-forum. Does that make you feel inferior? ;)
     

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