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TiVo Tacks On Wurl TV’s OTT Channels

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by BillyClyde, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. BillyClyde

    BillyClyde Member

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  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    I hadn't seen this bit before, about "Jump Channels"...

    Wurl TV's OTT content will appear as 'jump channels' in the TiVo UI alongside traditional TV channels
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  3. NashGuy

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    Yeah, I saw that. Wonder when it's rolling out to retail boxes? I checked and mine doesn't have it yet.

    This is a lot like the ChannelPlus feature on my LG smart TV. It offers a bunch of different streaming channels (mainly composed of repurposed short-form web clips) from various content providers, many of them magazines like Bon Appetit and Time or websites like CNET and The Onion, that exist alongside traditional OTA channels in the TV grid. I like it and often find myself pausing for a little while on one or more of those channels while surfing. Granted, nothing there is "destination TV" -- no scripted series. But the streaming channels make a nice complement to local OTA TV as I think they fill in some of the stuff that I miss (not having cable) in terms of bite-sized news/information/talk content.
     
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yeah, this statement in the article... "Wurl TV’s content is already featured on TiVo’s retail platform" ... doesn't appear to be accurate, since "featured" implies -- to me -- that it's released and widely available.
     
  5. NashGuy

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    I thought the same thing, so I turned on my TV and Roamio, checked Settings for available video providers as well as channels in the line-up, but didn't see anything to do with Wurl TV. If it's already on some MSO boxes (which I think I also read), I'd guess it's coming soon to retail boxes. But I always thought app roll-outs went the other way around with TiVo...
     
  6. krkaufman

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    I'm now guessing that the "already featured" comment likely was in reference to the currently available 'Alt' channel, discussed in this thread, rather than the "Jump Channel" guide integration.

    p.s. I've pinged the author for clarification...
     
  7. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    They apparently own the "alt" channel, which I thought is one of those apps that I have available but disabled.
     
  8. krkaufman

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    It'll be interesting to see how they (WURL, TiVo) handle customer expectations regarding the ability to record any content available through the guide; and if OnePass bookmarking will be able to simulate the recording of content for WURL-sourced content.

    p.s. WURL might prove interesting if it provides an avenue for unconventional content creators to make their way to the TiVo. I think I'll pass their information along to a couple of my preferred video podcasters.
     
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  9. scottchez

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    Merging Streaming Channels or apps into the Guide (Jump Channels) is the key to the Future of Tivo. TIVO MUST have something unique that normal cable boxes do not have, something people want to watch. And key word is FREE
    They key to the future is have hundreds of QUALITY FREE Jump Channels.
    Even having Jump Channels to Local News Stream from all around the county (these are free) would be a value ad. Maybe put them all in the 9000 channel range so not to bump into the CATV channel.

    The future is near, now just add some QUALITY Jump Channels.
     
  10. atmuscarella

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    Free Quality Jump Channels :rolleyes: - Good Oxymoron ;)
     
  11. BillyClyde

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    Well it does say this at the bottom of the article.

    "In January, Frequency announced that it had inked a deal to distribute its OTT video service and programming on TiVo’s retail and MVPD platforms."

    I looked them up when someone suggested to me a link on AVS that talked about Frequency and that it hosts SlingTV. That would be cool!
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    It's interesting that they have a way to integrate OTT apps directly into the guide. That makes the prospect supporting something like SlingTV more viable.
     
  13. tenthplanet

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    Sounds like another edition of the free Roku channels where no one ever goes, except on Tivo :eek:
     
  14. BillyClyde

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    Has anyone seen the Wurl guide integration on their tivo yet?
     
  15. Series3Sub

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    Channel Master DVR+ has been integrating OTT in the guide for some time. Some reviewers found it to be somewhat annoying that although the OTT service can be accessed to the guide, it still takes time to load, etc. ruining what was a smooth, fast channel changing experience. Well, that's the nature of the beast. There may be some way to deal with that in the future.
     
  16. CybrFyre

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    Seems like these would be hard to find unless I happened to randomly browse in the 300s someplace on my Guide. Stuff under the "Find" menu at least sticks out.

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  17. ajwees41

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    no guide integration in Omaha yet of the channels
     
  18. BillyClyde

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    So you have them integrated into the guide already?
     
  19. Johncv

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    As I understand, WURL TV has to be "offer" by your cable provider before it can be intergraded into the guide.

    Wurl TV’s content is already featured on TiVo’s retail platform, but it will be up to TiVo’s MVPD partners to determine when they will provide access to Wurl TV’s mix of OTT offerings.
     
  20. CybrFyre

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    Sounds like it's not worth having anyways :/ .. had hopes for the OperaTV.

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