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

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  1. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Well that should put a nail in the Coffin, Michael. :D
     
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  2. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

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    Have you found any way to alter the My Shows display? Mine is a single row (about 100 wide) that appears to be in order of last added. Completely unusable.
     
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  3. moyekj

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    Unfortunately no. I only have 20 series I'm tracking right now though so not too bad. The "Your Lists" row is a skinnier than other rows under Home, and fits about 7 per screen, so not too much scrolling around. Also, since I tend to go through one series at a time rather than jumping around, once I find it I just stay there so don't have to search around so doesn't really bother me.
     
  4. BillyClyde

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    How did you find out? Mine seems to have stalled in the same place since Friday and hasn’t moved so I’m worried it suffered the same fate. It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow, so all hope isn’t lost yet, but it’s teetering on the edge!
     
  5. aprest

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    Yes, I have
     
  6. aprest

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    My Review Part 2
    I have given up on the TiVo Stream 4K. I like the ability to Cast from my PC but the TiVo Stream 4K can't hold a candle to my Roku Ultras or my Apple TV 4K.
    To make it worse, even though I have disabled CEC on my Samsung TV, the TiVo Stream 4K has totally screwed up my AV setup. I have a Denon AVR that is connected to a TiVo Premiere, a Roku Ultra, a Sony UHD Blu-ray player and a Chromecast. When I connect the TiVo Stream 4K, it suddenly commandeers my setup and i can't use any of my other devices. When I try to use the Roku, the system switches to the TiVo Stream 4 K. The same thing happens when I try to use the TiVo Premiere, Sony UHD Blu-ray player or the Chromecast. The only solution was to disconnect power to the TiVo Stream. It is weird that everything appears to be working fine and then suddenly the TiVo Stream takes control.

    I have been addicted to TiVo since the the early days of TiVo. I have 5 active TiVo Devices (two Premieres, one Bolt +, one XL4 and one Mini VOX) and I also have 5 inactive TiVos in a closet. Other than poor reliability with the Bolt + (I am on my third one in three years), I have been very happy with TiVo products and service.

    TiVo should be ashamed of themselves for introducing the TiVo Stream 4K. This thing is not ready for prime time. Hopefully, they will fix it with new firmware, but until then it is unusable as far as I am concerned.
     
  7. Furmaniac

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    I am frustrated with the TiVo 4K Streaming Stick. I searched for a movie called Hitler from 1962 starring Richard Basehart, so I could add it to the My Shows list.(TCM showed it a few years ago and it's interesting because its star was a Jewish actor.)
    It said the movie was on Google Play Movies only and there was no way to add it to the My Shows list for that app! The movie happens to be available on Prime video but the search will not display that.
    I went to my TiVo DVR to do a voice search for the movie. The result for that movie did not show up at all.
    Then I went into the search section on the TiVo DVR and typed in the movie. It showed up and when I clicked on it and showed that it was available on Prime video, and I added it by bookmarking it to the DVR'S My Shows list under streaming movies.
    So it seems we have all different search engines being used between the stick and the DVR, and some of them are not very accurate at all times.
     
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  8. moyekj

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    The TiVo database is flawed. I switched to use "Reelgood" app instead and even re-mapped such that double tap on TiVo button launches Reelgood.
     
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  9. RIKNIK

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    I have not been able to get Dolby Vision or HDR10 to work. As I was trying different settings Dolby Vision seems to work with 1080p and 4k30 if I turn the Full UHD off on my TV's input settings, but auto settings do not work at all. Actually, I don't think any HDR is working, it is just the forced HDR on the TIVO unit.
    Built in TV apps work fine with Dolby Vision and HDR10 and 10+ and so does my Firestick 4K.
    Also, post 1766 by aprest is totally right on. Same problems here. How these problems got past beta testing is beyond me. Most likely TIVO released this knowing it has many problems. We are paying $50 to beta test a flawed unit. This is totally unacceptable. I bought this because of the stated ability to pass 4k HDR programs. This is not only not ready for prime time, it should never have been released with these flaws. Very unethical!
     
  10. ellinj

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    has there been any updates thus far? I really want to turn back on HDMI-CEC.
     
  11. Where As

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    I agree. I'm having the same problem as @aprest , and I assume you are as well. I was having bizarre problems with my other devices (Onkyo AVR, Shield TV, Roku 4, Xfinity X1, FireTV 4k stick) being completely blocked from working. This is especially a problem with the TV not being able to turn the AVR on/off. I just added the TiVO Stream as an experiment, and although I like it, I've completely removed it from my system for the moment since this makes my system unusable.
     
  12. aprest

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    Update:
    I finally got the TiVo Stream 4K to stop screwing up my AV system but to do it I had to disable CEC on my Samsung TV and on my Denon AVR. It has been working for half a day now. The casting capability works great using VLC Media Player, but not Videostream for Chrome for some reason (it stalls while buffering). The downside of disabling CEC is that the volume control on the Roku Ultra remote no longer works so I have to use my Logitech Harmony remote to control my Roku Ultra volume. I am still not impressed because it will only play HDX from UHD digital videos using Vudu. I will probably only use the TiVo Stream 4K for casting from my PC to my TV.
     
  13. Where As

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    Having to disable useful features on other components is a non-starter for me. This is the first time I've had a device with these kinds of problems. If it can't work with my system without minor tweaks (to the TiVo, NOT my other equipment), it's not worth the headache. I'm not ready to send it back - maybe they'll fix the issue, and if that doesn't work, I'll throw it on a secondary TV...
     
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  14. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

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    Me too, but there are three of us sharing the device and we all have a lot of series that are on hiatus, but will come back so they need trackng. TWD, FTWD, Dr Who, Call Saul, Outlander, just to name a few of mine.

    I desperately need a sortable list view that mimics the recordings list on TiVO UE3.
     
  15. mrizzo80

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    I really like this device so far. I guess I’m in the minority.
     
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  16. moyekj

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    Just curious what you like specifically about it? You like the TiVo UI on it? The TiVo streaming database is too full of holes for it to be useful to me even if I did like their UI.
     
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  17. cybergrimes

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    I like it because I wanted some reliable Android TV devices for secondary TVs without buying expensive Shields or Mi brand. I also like TiVo remotes, input button on streaming remote is huge for me (and works no problem for me). I expected it would be full sized though...
     
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  18. mrizzo80

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    It improves upon the Firestick 4K experience, which has been my tv source for the past year.

    I haven’t even run into metadata issues yet inside the Steam app, which I expected to. I searched for shows that recently hit Netflix and they were there.

    The remote is better than I expected. It’s a good middle ground between the Slide remote and the Firestick remote. I love the Peanut.

    I have a YTTV subscription, but I rarely use it. I’m nearly all OTT. I couldn’t care less that this thing can’t talk to DVRs or what shows up in the guide. But even the TiVo+ stuff is kind of nice. I doubt I’ll use it but it has more value than I expected.

    This device is the closest thing to the “one box” as I’ve seen, but I don’t have linear cable anymore, so maybe my perspective is different than others. When did they start marketing that name? Roamio? (Roamio is the latest TiVo I have. I never upgraded to the Bolt or Edge.)

    My main disappointment is the lack of Alexa support. I love just saying “Alexa pause” when I get up to go into the kitchen or restroom.
     
  19. cwoody222

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    I started getting the black screen on my 2nd evening of use.

    Turn it on, just a black screen. Only the guide button will make even a noise.

    Without a way to reboot from the remote I have to get up to unplug it.

    I did find rapidly pressing some Ed buttons freaks it out but just sends my tv into a fit where it turns on and off but still the TiVo doesn’t reboot.

    After one reboot my pulling the plug the Stream app wouldn’t load due to a connectivity error. Had to reboot again.

    I’m using USB power instead of the wall outlet which TiVo says causes this black screen so I guess this weekend I’m going to try to find a way to fit the wall plug behind my mounted set.
     
  20. cwoody222

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    I miss this too. I have Alexa and lights in almost every room and use Alexa on my TiVo DVR’s so I’m missing it on this device.
     

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