Which device do you use for streaming?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by wco81, Mar 10, 2021.

Which streaming device or ecosystem do you use?

  1. AppleTV

  2. Roku

  3. Tivo DVR

  4. Tivo Stream 4k

  5. Nvidia Shield/Shield Pro

  6. Fire TV devices

  7. Google ChromeCast or Google TV

  8. Smart TV

  9. Other

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. pl1

    pl1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007


    ‭28.6 + 37.5 + 10.7 + 14.3 + 8.9 + 30.4 + 16.1 + 23.2 + 1.8 For a total of‬ 171.5‬%
  2. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 22, 2009
    Yep. I have a Fire TV that I’ve used once in 3 years but didn’t add it to the poll since it really doesn’t reflect usage.
  3. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I mainly use my Roku 3.

    I use my Chromecast (1st version of round one) sometimes and I use Apple TV 4K not that much. I probably use my Chromecast w/Google TV (one w/remote) the least.

    I dislike the remote on the Apple TV 4K and I'm not wedded to the Apple ecosystem.

    I have some funky sound issues w/the Chromecast w/Google TV maybe because it's hooked up to a HDMI switch box then to a receiver. Sometimes, there's no sound and I have to futz w/it to get the sound working.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2021
  4. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

    May 13, 2007
    Durham, NC
    I chose the three platforms I regularly use, not just one. If the OP wanted to limit us to 1 each, they should have built the poll that way.
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  5. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

    Dec 20, 2012
    Mankato, MN


    Have a Roku Ultra LT in the main room hooked to ethernet (due to my wifi issues I've spoken about)
    Roku Streaming Stick+ in the bedroom
  6. kokishin

    kokishin Active Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    Good catch. As of the time of my post with a total of 111 votes cast:

    AppleTV (19) 17.1%
    Roku (26) 23.4%
    Tivo DVR (7) 6.3%
    Tivo Stream 4K (10) 9.0%
    Nvidia Shield/Shield Pro (7) 6.3%
    Fire TV Devices (17) 15.3%
    Google ChromeCast or Google TV (10) 9.0%
    Smart TV (14) 12.6%
    Other (1) 0.9%
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2021
  7. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    San Jose, CA
    It's going to be over 100% because people have several devices and are choosing more than one in the poll.
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  8. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Just ignore the automatic percentages and do the math based on total votes like kokishin did.
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  9. Falkor

    Falkor Member

    Feb 6, 2004
    AppleTV 4K. It doesn’t record (obviously), but it does search through most apps to find steaming programs.

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  10. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    Yeah, I mostly use the Apple TV.

    But I've also got a Chromecast w/GTV on the spare TV (and, when I'm traveling, I'll use that). It gets light usage.
  11. powrcow

    powrcow Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    I have/use the TiVo Stream 4k. It was cheap, has a remote that also controls volume, and is 4k.
  12. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    yeah something is not right. im guessing...THE MATH!
  13. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    on my big tv, the TV's built in apps. They're actually pretty good (for streaming, as I've said a million times, you don't get good transport controls in streaming).
    in my bedroom, an Apple TV.

    I very very very very rarely use the ones in my Tivo, largely because of the looooooong startup time. But I still have some OnePasses set as recording + streaming, mostly to 'remind' me that some show I like is available streaming.. (Actually for old shows more often than new shows.)

    Using the TV's apps actually gets me closer to the ultimate.. not having to switch TV inputs. Pre-Tivo, I even used to use a VCR with coax connection to the TV even though I knew I wouldn't get stereo audio that way, because I wouldn't have to change inputs (and then, changing inputs was essentially instantaneous, unlike now).. I could just turn on/off the VCR's video output to use the coax in to the TV's tuner.
  14. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    San Jose, CA
    So maybe not definitive but the three most popular options chosen in the poll are the least expensive, Roku, Fire TV and Smart TV apps.

    Which is understandable but in Tivocommunity?

    You know, where people pay $400 for Lifetime Service on top of the hardware?

    Maybe a bit short on cash after buying Tivo gear and service? :p
  15. amyf

    amyf Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Central NJ
    I have a couple of Roku units, an Apple TV and a Tivo Stream 4k (hooked up to the same TV as the Apple TV). We rarely watch the TV's with the Roku and use the Apple TV regularly. I find that I just don't like the interface of the Tivo, so I rarely use it.
  16. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    My primary is the built in apps in my LG OLED, backed up by the TiVo 4K streamer attached to that set.

    In my office (second bedroom) is our old 720p 27" original HDTV, which is fed by a TiVo Mini, along with an older HD Roku.
  17. KDeFlane

    KDeFlane Active Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    We have a Samsung SmartTV but did not like the interface on their Amazon Prime app. Turns out our stand-alone Sony Blu-Ray player has a very good one. (We only stream the one service)
  18. TonyBlunt

    TonyBlunt Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    Conclusion:- Tivo users cannot do math/statistics.
  19. kokishin

    kokishin Active Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    What's so hard to understand?

    I bought my Roamio Pro (2014, with lifetime) and two Mini's specifically to save money versus paying monthly rental fees to Comcast for their inferior DVR's. I know I've saved beaucoup bucks over the years with my Tivo gear. And I don't use Comcast internet and even if I did, I'd buy my own modem/router to avoid paying their rental fees to save money.

    I own two FTV 4K sticks and an older 2K Stick because I'm a Prime member and the FTV ecosystems is vastly superior to the Tivo ecosystem. Amazon Prime includes a ton of no extra charge music and videos so again, I save money.

    I may buy a Roku someday since the FTV ecosystem is a subset of the Roku ecosystem. However, I've been able to get the FTV Sticks usually at 40%~50% off their usual selling price.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2021
  20. Bruce24

    Bruce24 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Unfortunately that lifetime services doesn't have anything to do with streaming apps. I used to use my Tivo to stream MLB games, but Tivo decided to retire that app. As for the one they still support, they are just a subset which required me to get another device, which besides supporting a significantly larger number of services, also has better version of the apps for the ones where they overlap.

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