Watching sports out of house (download, then watch)

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by adamhochman, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. adamhochman

    adamhochman New Member

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    Hello,
    I just got my Roamio. One of the things I got it for (or so I thought) was its ability to perform Slingbox-like capabilities in addition to the DVR. I wanted to ask your experience with this sort of thing.

    Specifically, if I'm out of the house when a sporting event is going, my thought is to record it and then start downloading it to my phone. After letting it buffer I could watch it on my phone. I had read this is possible (or so I thought).

    After using the Tivo app (which seems a bit kludgy) I'm not sure. This is pretty important so I wanted to see others' experiences.

    Does anyone have experience doing this sort of thing, downloading and watching a sporting event, nearly in real time? Is it only possible on Wifi and can I use cell signal as well? Or is it possible to stream the event?

    All comments are welcome.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Andriod app: You can stream it or you can download it, I've not had issues with either. I have watched a download in progress, but not as successfully. Probably due to my efforts to skip commercials and catching up to real time.
     
  3. adamhochman

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    Thanks for the info. I have actually have IOS. While the experience should be somewhat the same, just wanted to mention that in the event anyone has iPhone-specific experience.
     
  4. PSU_Sudzi

    PSU_Sudzi Well-Known Member

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    This is coming to iOS devices later this year or next.
     
  5. adamhochman

    adamhochman New Member

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    Thanks. I'm confused as I thought this was already available on iOS (in fact, didn't this come to iOS before it came to Android?)? I was just looking for the difference between the experience on Android and iOS (ie does it work decently on iOS?).

    Adam
     
  6. thefisch

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    iOS has download, not stream. Andriod had stream at first but recently added download. Can't comment on iOS downloads, but OOH downloads for andriod take a long, long time. Not an ideal solution for trying to keep up with the game in progress.
     
  7. adamhochman

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    Thanks for the clarification.

    A few follow up questions (particularly for someone on iOS):
    -Can you watch a show as it's downloading (I don't think it's possible but feel like someone else had mentioned they were doing it)?
    -PSU mentioned above that "This is coming to iOS devices later this year or next." Were you referring to stream?
    -For either stream or download, do you need to be on wifi or can it be done over cellular?

    Thanks again.
    Adam
     
  8. bruab

    bruab Shmegistered Schmoozer TCF Club

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    I'm not sure what you mean by this. IOS has Download and Watch Now, which seems like streaming to me. You can't just channel surf though - you have to start a recording, but then you can start watching it immediately.

    It even says "Setting Up Your Streaming Session" when you pick Watch Now. :)

    Agreed that the downloads take a long time.
     
  9. spaldingclan

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    it's technically a download that you are able to watch as enough has buffered to your device
     
  10. bruab

    bruab Shmegistered Schmoozer TCF Club

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    That's a distinction without much difference. The answer to the OP implied he could ONLY download. But I don't even think that's true: https://www.tivo.com/support/how-to/stream-and-download-recordings-your-mobile-device


    The only difference would be whether you need enough storage space on your device anyway.
     
  11. PSU_Sudzi

    PSU_Sudzi Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I was referring to live streaming, similar but not the same as downloading or watching a show as its being recorded.
     

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