TiVo Stream: Unleash your entertainment with live TV and streaming from anywhere in the house. Watch up to 4 shows on 4 different mobile devices, or download recorded shows for easy viewing wherever you go.
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Doesn't work on playback, stumped Tivo support
Posted by: gl0btrkr from: on
Great idea in theory, but found a bug which has stumped Tivo support. Downloaded many shows, but nearly 50% of them stop playing at random spots and say "Finished", as if it thinks the video is at the end, but it is not. This happens when fast forwarding to random point in the video, or simply when viewing playback, at random points in the video.
Contacted Tivo technical support and I have them stumped. They supposedly sent the case over to their developers, but no response in 3 weeks. Others on the Internet are having same issue.
I took original back to Best Buy and swapped it for another brand new one, same issue exists; about half of all downloaded videos stop working during playback. Kinda pointless with this bug.
Other issue is that many, many shows I watch are apparently copyrighted and using digital rights management which prevents them from being available to copy to iPad for offline viewing. Again, kind of pointless device for many shows.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Good device but may be crippled by provider
Posted by: Woshishei from: Katy, TX on
When I switched to my current cable provider from Comcast a year ago, they replaced my old clunky Comcast cable boxes with these nice TiVo DVRs. While TiVo isn't perfect, it is a huge upgrade from Comcast boxes.
The one thing I've always wanted though was to be able to stream shows recorded on my DVR to my devices. That's when my cable provider recommended getting a TiVo Stream. After doing much research I finally decided to get one.
The setup process is very easy although unnecessary lengthy. I took the box out, plugged in the power and the ethernet. Then it took about 15 minutes updating the software and another 10 minutes or so activating.
I was very impressed by how fast it starts to stream and the quality I was getting. However, sometimes I get a "streaming error" but in general it's been smooth.
The disappoints started when I tried to use the "out of home" streaming feature but was not able to. It took a while of figuring out but eventually I found out it's because my cable provider has disabled that feature.
So overall, this device is pretty neat but be sure to check with your provider before purchasing so you know exactly what features you will actually be able to use.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Another great TiVo product!!
Posted by: Kat81 from: Atlanta, Ga on
Set-up took a while, but was very simple. I was amazed to see it actually work. The streaming feature in neat, but I bought it because I wanted to download shows to my iPad to take on the go. I was nervous because I had read stuff about not being able to download shows because of copy right protection. So far I have not had an issue with that. I have downloaded shows from MTV, Oxygen, and Bravo. The only problem I have encountered is in the middle of the show it will randomly close out (almost like it lost the signal). All you have to do is start the show again and it resumes where you left off, but it is slightly annoying.
Over all I really like this product and am glad I purchased it!!!
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
The next versionwill be better
Posted by: EnthusiastTechAmateur from: Westchester, NY on
This is a must have if your Tivo model doesn't stream. In a sense it is better value at $100 to get this than to pay an extra $150 - $350 for the more expensive streaming boxes.
- It's most useful feature has been allowing me to download shows. No other alternative does it as simply as this.
- Streaming is unreliable. It cuts out a lot especially when you do the 30-second commercial skip. I know it is not because of my network/router because my old cable company DVR used to stream fine.
If you have Tivo you're stuck with this so love it or leave it. While it is a useful addition, it isn't perfect. I hope they improve the streaming technology on the next version.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Tivo Streamer Works As Expected
Posted by: KGaudineer from: on
Works Great... I just had one small (OK maybe a medium hurdle) to jump over first. I received this device as a Christmas preasent. I was excited because now everyone would be able to watch their recorded shows whenever they wanted. The setup shows that the Tivo box and the streamer both need to be plugged into my home wireless router. My problem was that the Tivo box and my wireless router are in to different areas of the house. To add to that I use the Tivo wireless adapter that also needs to plug into the ethernet port as the programming connection instead of a dialup service. I don't even have a dialup service in my house. Belkin had the answer for that. They have an adapter with an ethernet port that will plug into a wall outlet and you can use your existing home wireing to make network connections. FANTASTIC!!! I plugged one in the basement near my wireless router and plugged the other in upstairs near the Tivo box. I had to put the Tivo streamer in the basement because that where the router is and as soon as it powered up the Tivo app on my iPad went straight through the activation process with no trouble. Everyone in the family gives this a 2 thumbs up and we are all enjoying our recorded shows anywhere in the house at any time....
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Very cool once it's working...
Posted by: abeln2672 from: Indianapolis, IN on
Now that my Stream is working, I LOVE it. The app is beautiful (although it's only for iOS -- no Android support!). Everything works as it should, and I use it often, both at home and on the go.
SETUP WAS A BEAR! I've setup two of these now (one for me and one for my parents), and both were a nightmare. They both came with outdated software and firmware that had to be updated through and obscure menu in the app. Following the update, I had to not only force restart the boxes multiple times, but also uplug my routers to basically "reset" my home network. Nothing about any of this in the instructions (or on-screen), so I'm sure a lot of people are stumped when the thing doesn't work out of the box.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Tivo Stream Review
Posted by: from: Orange, CA on
I finally got my Tivo Stream, been waiting for this product. After you get through the setup process, you can start streaming to your iPhone right away. I am able to watch a show on my TV & stream another show at the same time to my iPhone.
This thing rocks!
I can also download shows directly to my iPhone & watch things on the go. No more boring lunch times & I can catch up on my shows faster.
You have to get one!!
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Expensive, but works well - with limitations
Posted by: zroger73 from: White Oak, TX on
Between downloading an initial software update and activating, it took over 45 minutes (!) - and this is with a 30 Mbps broadband connection. I don't understand why the setup procedure must take so long. It's easy, just time consuming. I was a bit unclear on how the live streaming would play out, but I was disappointed to discover that in order to display "live tv", the show must actually start recording. Live streaming will stop when the current program recording ends, so you can't watch live TV continuously. If you have a extra tuner that isn't recording, then it's no big deal, but you'll end up with a bunch of recordings that you have to turn around and delete. I haven't tried transferring any recordings to my iPhone yet since I bought this primarily to watch live TV and recorded shows on my iPhone. One other disappointment is that it has a small cooling fan inside that runs even when the unit isn't streaming. It's not very loud, but being a mechanical device it increases the chances it will fail sooner than if the device relied on natural convection for cooling.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Cool Tivo add-on, but major flaw
Posted by: VegetableJuice from: Portsmouth, NH on
I bought the Tivo Stream to copy shows to my iPad and watch them at my girlfriends house. It worked ok, but the speed to copy was so slow. Streaming didn't work too well either.
It turns out the Tivo Stream needs the Tivo box to be connected to the network via something other than WiFi otherwise the performance is terrible. Even with the Tivo Stream on gigabit ethernet, it didn't help because the bottleneck was the Tivo box itself.
If you have the right setup for it, it's a great addition to your Tivo ecosystem.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
A great product...if it works.
Posted by: Elster from: Cleveland, OH on
First, this is a fine product that does what it is intended to do, which is stream video to your iPad or iPhone ( no android support yet) as long as you are on the same wifi network. (You also need the free tivo app for it to work) This works completely seamlessly, and setup was dead simple. You do need a wired Ethernet or MOCA connection though, so be warned. I have it plugged directly into the cable modem/router. It also allows downloading of shows from your tivo to your idevice for later watching while not connected to your wifi, with a huge caveat...your cable provider must allow copying of their shows. So as a Time Warner Cable customer, I cannot download the vast majority of shows that I have recorded. So if your main purpose in buying this product is so that you can take your shows with you, and you have TWC, STAY AWAY. At least for now. The other caveat I have is that there must be some initial product run problems. I am actually on my 4th Stream now. The first three were DOA. Seems to be a known problem on the forums. Props to Best Buy customer service, as they gave me no hassle even after the third exchange. Last potential issue. It does have a cooling fan as it does get quite warm during operation (up to 60C so far), and for a small box it can make a bit of noise. So don't expect a device as quiet as say an Apple TV. So in summary, if you are a tivo fan, you have idevices at home, and you live close to a best buy so you can exchange it for a working one, there is no better way to watch your tivo without a tv.