Where is the Stream for sale?

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by Patrickcg, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. dcline414

    dcline414 New Member

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    The low inventory could be due to the popularity of the Roamio OTA, which doesn't have streaming capabilities built in. Don't forget that there were a lot of Aereo users who lost their mobile access to OTA broadcasts, and a Roamio OTA with stream is arguably one of the best alternatives.

    Also, the Stream is in stock at my local Frys for $129—if they are truly impossible to find online or in some local markets, I wouldn't mind picking one up and shipping it somewhere. UPS ground or USPS priority shipping would almost certainly be less than $50. $190 for a Stream is borderline price gouging.

    Edit: It appears my local Frys has ONE stream in stock, so finding one currently available for $129 may be harder than I realized. Maybe I should buy it and sell to the highest bidder online!
     
  2. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Stream is no longer listed @ Fry's. Whats going on?
     
  3. fivetoedbear

    fivetoedbear New Member

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    That's a really good point. TiVo had a press release on 1/7/15 and are really pushing the TiVo Roamio OTA, and the Stream is featured heavily in that marketing effort.

    Cord-cutting is getting to be a bigger movement, and there are more new services coming (like SlingTV) to provide on-demand access to some cable programming.

    I decided to go to the ordering page on tivo.com and get a web-chat with a representative. Let them know that Best Buy is pretty much out of stock nationwide.

    The only thing they'll say is there's no time frame for availability, and no date announced. Sounds very much like a "key phrase" for customers asking about the Stream.

    I expressed that a lot of us really want to buy one, and that I was looking forward to using my iPad in the kitchen, for instance.

    I just asked to please make sure the decision makers know there's interest, and the agent admitted "Yes...we are getting a few complaints" and "Keep checking the website."

    So who knows, maybe I need a little patience.
     
  4. jeremymc7

    jeremymc7 New Member

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    I just picked one up on eBay today and for under $100.

    No other place anywhere has them.

    But if you don't buy on eBay you'll just have to wait unfortunately.
     
  5. just4fn44

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  6. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Not buying something that looks like it has chicken pox.
    Plus that device will not allow distinct viewing, just a mirror.
     
  7. dcline414

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    I don't really understand why a Stream is necessary to enable video transmission in the first place if the host DVR is connected to the network. The whole concept very much sounds like technology from centuries past.

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    So my question to the Stream is....

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  8. Arcady

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    It transcodes from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, which is required to play video on an iOS device. There wasn't enough CPU horsepower in the Premiere to do this (it barely had enough to draw the menus on the screen) so they put this function in the Stream. The Roamio Plus/Pro has the encoder chip on the motherboard, plus the internal network switch, etc. These parts were left out of the cheap Roamio to save money.
     
  9. just4fn44

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    I have both and the I much prefer the slingbox to tivo stream. I have my sling hooked up to my mini in a room the is not used very often and when I use it nobody's home anyway. I don't know what you mean by mirror. I can use the sling just like I was at home watching tv. It has the remote and I can watch anything that tivo has to offer. The picture and connection is better and less buffering.
     
  10. Arcady

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    If you connect a Slingbox to a TiVo that people might be watching, then you either have to watch what they are watching, or you will interfere with that person's viewing. It "mirrors" whatever is output from the TiVo it is connected to.

    I bought an extra Mini and connected my Slingbox to that so my wife could use the main TiVo as normal when I want to connect via Slingbox from outside the house.
     
  11. fivetoedbear

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    How's the quality on that...the Slingbox 350 doesn't have HDMI input. Presuming it should use the component video. Is that HD?
     
  12. Arcady

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    Yes, component video is HD. I have it set to output 1080i, which the Slingbox sends along nicely. The Slingbox handles slow connections better than the TiVo app from what I can tell. I use both, but usually use the Sling app when I'm on a slow connection (or on cellular.)
     
  13. just4fn44

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    +1
     
  14. Arcady

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    Maybe the Streams are all stuck in those ships anchored off the west coast, unable to be delivered until the ports open back up...
     
  15. foghorn2

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    Yes, we need them fast, fresh off the boat -
    Sea Weed and all! :D
     
  16. davezatz

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    In my opinion Slingbox is far superior to Stream in terms of streaming video quality and platform support. Stream/Roamio is better in terms of direct control, vs Sling's IR blaster, and ability to offload on iOS.
     
  17. plpmke

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    I've found that Slingbox quality relates more to the strain on Sling's servers than anything else (I have 5MB up, Slingbox 350 connected via comp to a Mini). Last January from Prague, on rental wifi, I had a great connection/picture with no problems on an iPad 1. During the football season, my sister will get drops/blocking/etc when she is testing to see if she could watch the game from my market on a new MacBook Pro (she's on wired 50MB FIOS down) ;).
     
  18. davezatz

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    None of your video passes thru Sling's servers - at least it didn't use to. They are/were simple a dynamic DNS service helping your viewing device find your personal Slingbox.

    Given real performance vs advertised and shared overhead, 5MB isn't a whole lot to work with and that upstream bandwidth is the most critical piece. I doubt your sister would get a reliable "HD" full screen stream from your Slingbox (especially if you were home surfing the web while she was testing).

    Also, iPad 1 resolution is pretty low and a smaller screen than a higher res, larger screen of a MBP. So even if you were to have tested on the same day with the same conditions from the same networks, the lower res, smaller iPad might actually look better.
     
  19. James M. Duff

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    in an online chat with a tivo rep today, i inquired about the tivo stream availability. they said that it had not been discontinued nor updated. shortages are due to the popularity of the device by Tivo Roamio OTA owners. they expected tivo stream supply to eventually catch up with demand but did not have an estimate of availability from best buy, or on their website.

    I also inquired about the latest developments in the tivo software, wrt whether it circumvented previous problems i've had with Cox cable's use of CCI flags. specifically, i asked the whether the new "delete from dvr before copy to IOS" functionality would avoid the "copy once" restriction and allow copying premium hbo content to an iPad. answer: yes. we'll see when i finally get one.
     
  20. davezatz

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    One source tells me production had halted, while another says inventory should return in a few weeks. They don't really contradict one another... :)
     

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