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

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  1. Jun 3, 2020 #1881 of 2059
    aaronwt

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    I hate that thing on my ATV 4K remotes. I thought my 2017 Shield TV remotes were the worst remotes ever. Until I got my first ATV 4K box. Just holding it makes my hands hurt.
     
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  2. Jun 3, 2020 #1882 of 2059
    aaronwt

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    SOunds like most if not all of these lower power Android TV devices are using the same Amlogic SoC. Like the Stream 4K uses.

    I was pleased with the responsiveness and hardware capability of the Stream 4K.
    It was just the TiVo software implementation that was the issue. Even If they would have just had the basic Android TV platform, without mucking with it, the Stream 4K would have worked great.
     
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  3. Jun 3, 2020 #1883 of 2059
    aaronwt

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    That doesn't bother me. Many apps are designed to not need to use FF/Rew/Play/Pause buttons. They are designed to use the D-Pad. It's the apps that are not designed correctly that have issues when there are no FF, rew, etc. buttons.

    But no remote was the reason in the past I always returned the Chromecast Ultras I purchased.
    If I get the new one I will wait until it's on sale during the holidays. That way it should only be $50 or less.
     
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  4. Jun 3, 2020 #1884 of 2059
    RIKNIK

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    Gave TIVO 30 days to fix the issues that have been brought up here. No fixes, no fixes announced. Returned the 4k stream today. Pathetic!
     
  5. Jun 3, 2020 #1885 of 2059
    foghorn2

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    Good move, it aint worth $50.
     
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  6. Jun 3, 2020 #1886 of 2059
    BillyClyde

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    I was actually about to do the same thing, but then I decided to try Button Remapper app and I remapped the TiVo button to open ReelGood and the Guide button to open my Channels DVR Client app and it has improved my experience tremendously. I did this mostly for my wife, so she doesn’t have to dig through apps due to being locked into the inferior (to ReelGood) TiVo Stream app ecosystem and the inferior (to Channels DVR) SlingTV live TV service.

    ReelGood seems to be what TiVo should’ve been.

    The other reason I did this is so I could keep these Stream 4Ks just in case they improve upon this by adding DVR support, fix Dolby Vision, improve TiVo Stream app suggestions, recordings access and tracking since I paid less for all three of these than just one of my AppleTVs. Once the price goes up to $69 this will no longer be the case.

    The experience is now better than what I get on my AppleTVs. The Stream 4K is much more snappy (better processor?), especially with Channels DVR with things like fast forwarding within a recording or paused video (more RAM for buffers?). Plus the better remote, which is a given compared to that utter garbage known as the AppleTV “remote”!
     
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  7. Jun 4, 2020 #1887 of 2059
    rczrider

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    I'm with you, though I returned mine because my 30 days was almost up and they extended the discounted price through June 25. I will probably buy another one in the next 3 weeks, then give TiVo through mid-July to make the fixes. If they can't manage it by then, well, there will be other options.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2020 #1888 of 2059
    waynomo

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    I don't know if anybody cares, but this does work to connect the TiVo Steam 4K via Ethernet.
     
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  9. Jun 4, 2020 #1889 of 2059
    BillyClyde

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    They fixed the Sony LLDV Dolby Vision issue. It now displays correctly!!! I can confirm it with my HDFury Vertex2.

    [​IMG]

    I would check to see if whatever this update was also fixed some of the other complaints, like image issues with HDR/DV always being on, etc. I didn’t have these image issues and it looked fine for me up until now, but I’ll test more to see if it’s even better now.
     
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  10. Jun 5, 2020 #1890 of 2059
    ellinj

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    was there an actually a software update pushed out?
     
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  11. Jun 5, 2020 #1891 of 2059
    Noelmel

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    Yes it’s build 4734 there’s a separate thread now about it


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  12. Jun 5, 2020 #1892 of 2059
    aaronwt

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    Great! right after I returned mine.:oops:
     
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  13. Jun 5, 2020 #1893 of 2059
    RIKNIK

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    DITTO. You (we) can always buy it again if substantial improvements are made, plus get another 30 days to try it out.
     
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  14. Jun 5, 2020 #1894 of 2059
    BillyClyde

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    I called to begin a return or at least ask what my drop dead 30 day return policy was (ordered on May 6 but didn’t receive until May 13), and they immediately offered an extra 30 days return period. Did they not offer you that?
     
  15. Jun 6, 2020 #1895 of 2059
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    I got a fedex label to return mine from tivo I bought on launch day but it says I have 10 days until I have to bring it to fedex.
     
  16. Jun 6, 2020 #1896 of 2059
    BillyClyde

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    If you call them they’ll probably give you an extra 30 days if you want it.
     
  17. Jun 6, 2020 #1897 of 2059
    Bierboy

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    Can you say "desperate"?
     
  18. Jun 6, 2020 #1898 of 2059
    BillyClyde

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    Yes........”desperate”.

    How’s that?

    How is that desperate anyway? They’ve already sent an update which fixed the CEC, Sony LLDV Dolby Vision, etc. This was right about the 30 day mark. There’s a distinct possibility that there’ll be another update in the next 30 days which may add DVR access ability and/or fix other persistent issues. To me, given that I paid less than the cost of just 1 of my AppleTVs for 3 TS4Ks, a FREE extra 30 days with nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain is more than worth it!

    Doesn’t sound desperate to me.
     
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  19. Jun 6, 2020 #1899 of 2059
    fattymcbuckles

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    This thing is a bargain at 50 dollars.I would buy another one but my wife would kill me if a got another streaming device.I already have 3 4K fire sticks,a Nvidia Shield and the TiVo 4K and a few other cheap android boxes.
     
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  20. Jun 6, 2020 #1900 of 2059
    rczrider

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    It's not a bargain if it doesn't work right, though. It depends on your use-case. For me, always-on HDR is awful. Looks good for things that benefit from HDR and bad for things that don't. Why can't I turn it off?

    Kodi and Plex flicker black upon playback. I've seen there are some "fixes", but it means disabling some features that I want on.

    The device locked up on me several times and you have to unplug it in order to reboot.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced this is related to software and is therefore fixable. The fact is that it doesn't work for me and I am not convinced TiVo will fix these things since they seem to be related to completely unnecessary modifications they made to Android TV. I believe stock/vanilla Android TV on the TS4K would be fine. It's only $50, but it's not $50 I want to throw away.
     
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