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TiVo® - Stream - Black

Model: TCDA94000SKU: 6303102

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 104 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great product...if it works.

    Posted
    Elster
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bugs need fixing

    Posted
    jrod9707
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The tivo stream is great now that you can bring your shows on the go and if you have a pad can watch your shows in rooms that dont have a tv. Especially if you want to watch the game while working in the garage. I think for $130 they should have added a slingbox type feature which would enable you to download your shows remotely or via cellular(then add a even lower resolution that would be cropped for mobile traveling). *** Now the bad and why Tivo should look at this and get some fixes going or have their employees use this product to get faster feedback to them and make some fixes****.1) Every few times you start the app on your i device and try to download a show it will have to reconnect to the tivo stream as there is an error and this takes a minute. 2) When you play a show it will give an error playback 1-3 times before starting the show. 3) When you stop a show or your screen shuts off due to the time that you have set you have to start the show all over instead of being given the choice to RESUME- WHY THIS IS NOT AN OPTION I DONT UNDERSTAND. For these reasons I feel that it is still a beta product and they are charging a premium price for the device. If Tivo fixes this and adds a slingbox type feature without charging it would be a good purchase. Till then it should be $79 tops. If anyone else is having issues please post your comments so Tivo is aware. Dont get me wrong its a great compliment to the Tivo but they have some bugs and features to work out to make the experience even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good device but may be crippled by provider

    Posted
    Woshishei
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tivo Streamer Works As Expected

    Posted
    KGaudineer

    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....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life Changing!

    Posted
    jillianne

    The main reason I purchased the TiVo Stream was to be able to take my recorded tv shows with me on vacation on my iPad. The TiVo Stream does this and more! I love being able to sit outside on my deck and stream shows from my TiVo in the living room. I have Comcast (Xfinity) Performance Internet and I have not experienced any issues with streaming at all. Downloading a 30 minute show to my iPad takes about 15 minutes and the video quality on both of these features is great! I really couldn't be more pleased. There were disclaimers on the TiVo site saying that some shows are copy-protected and couldn't be streamed, however, I have yet to find something I can't download or stream. The only negatives I can think of are that initially I had a little trouble after downloading 1 or 2 shows. On the second or third show, the Stream seemingly bogged down to a snail's pace and I would have to re-start it. That was within the first week or so and I haven't experienced this issue again. Also, it is worth noting that many people (or maybe just me) have their TiVo hooked-up wirelessly to their network. The Stream must be wired to your TiVo and the TiVo itself must be WIRED to your network. An easy enough fix because I just purchased a second Apple AirPort Express and put it right next to my TiVo. However, for me, this added to the cost. Trust me though, for the convenience, ease-of-use, features and quality, it was totally worth it. Plus, it extended my network within my house which is never a bad thing. I highly recommend the TiVo Stream!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stream Good but not quite there yet

    Posted
    JimP
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Purchased the Stream to interface with my Tivo Premier so that my daughter could watch TV while at college. The setup was cumbersome because the instructions included were for units purchased from Tivo. They did not have a 3rd party purchase instruction. That is important because before you start you must activate in your Tivo account otherwise the unit will not work. Once activated in the account it takes several hours to actually activate. Once all that is done and the unit is connected they don't tell you that the Premier had to be rebooted so that it could see the Stream. Once that was done the unit connected great in home. Could view all recorded programs. So, I decided to test the Stream out at Starbucks figuring if it works there it would work anywhere. The unit worked surprisingly well at Starbucks. BUT! you can't view all of your recordings. Local channels were viewable but many cable channels, FOX, Disney etc were "copy protected" and could not be viewed outside of the house. THIS WAS A MAJOR BUMMER. Anyway, it is what it is and hopefully the networks will realize the advantage of allowing folks to stream all programming as they would like. To me it makes cable MORE valuable and would make me less me less likely to "cut the cord" because of the "value added" streaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product but difficult setup

    Posted
    RDMichigan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We bought the Tivo Stream on sale for a great price. We wanted to be able to watch our Tivo Roamio out of home from anywhere and with the latest update, it works well. The biggest frustration was setting it up. At first, it seemed to go through the setup routine with no problem but wasn't streaming correctly but I found a fix on the Tivo Website and got it working. For anybody that is trying to set up the stream with a compatible Tivo but find that it won't stream initially, try these steps as per the Tivo forums (and backed up by a Tivo customer service rep via chat). This worked for us and probably should be a part of the setup routine.: 1) In the TiVo iPad/iPhone app, in the settings icon, select "System Information" under TiVo Stream 2) Scroll to the bottom and select "Make Service Call" 3) This will take some time to update the TiVo Stream. You can return to this screen occasionally until the Software Update Status says "Pending Restart". (ours never said pending restart but when the screen refreshed after the update was done, we went to step 4) 4) On the same screen, select "Restart TiVo Stream". This took 5 or so minutes for me 5) Now go back and try TiVo Stream Setup and let it redo the setup. Should work after this. Good luck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work on playback, stumped Tivo support

    Posted
    gl0btrkr
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but works well - with limitations

    Posted
    zroger73

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, little actual use

    Posted
    Pesto
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This device is a great idea in theory. The ability to take programs that you have recorded on your TiVo and offload them onto an external device like your iPad or iPhone is a great idea. Unfortunately TiVo (just like all cable and satellite providers) don't yet have the authorization to allow programs that are recorded on a DVR to be offloaded onto an external device for viewing outside of the home. These restrictions are on just about every program on cable and will prevent you from moving any of them to external devices. If you are looking to watch your programs from your TiVo to an external device while in your home, this device is great for that. I don't see a lot of use for that feature, but it is there. Pros -Great idea in theory -Ability to stream content to external device while in home network -Easy to set up Cons -Can't currently offload programs to external devices for viewing outside of the house (due to programmer restrictions, not TiVo's fault) -Pricey device for minimal benefit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawless Streaming

    Posted
    Brian
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Flawless Streaming to multiple devices. Works better than expected. I use this to stream live shows to multiple iPads and iPhones in a multi-room dwelling in a highrise building with no issues whatsoever. The Stream is connected to an access point on my wifi network nowhere near a tivo box. Two Tivos (1 premiere and 1 Quad) are also connected to access points in other rooms (using ethernet) and essentially trick the units into thinking they are on a wired network. I highly recommend the Stream for those that travel for a living as I do and want to take their shows with them. That is actually the main reason I bought the Stream. I watch shows at airports, on the plane as well as hotels. Downloads to devices quickly and it works just as your Tivo at home with all the familiar features like 30 second advance etc... Overall I love this product and would recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Still Working Out Bugs

    Posted
    Chipster58
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Tivo Stream is a product that was long overdue when it was finally released by Tivo. Setup was a bit tricky because my devices would see the Tivo Stream one minute and not the next. I rebooted my Tivo Premiere several times and followed other instructions but replacing the router finally fixed this problem. The Tivo Stream won't stream or download products from any of my Tivo units except the Tivo Premiere which limits its functionality. It also won't stream to my PC which is another limitation but overall I really like the ability to transfer directly from the Tivo to my iPad without having to go through the process of using Tivo Desktop and then converting and loading onto the iPad. The functionality of the downloads on the iPad is also just like having my Tivo unit connected to a television. Overall, even with the limitations, I'm very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great idea but it probably won't work for you

    Posted
    PDXTom
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I was excited about the TiVo Stream. I'd be a frequent user of both in-home streaming to iOS devices and offloading to devices for travel. Unfortunately, the Stream only works with a very specific network setup--both your TiVo and your Stream must be plugged directly into your network router. It won't work over wi-fi, won't work with Ethernet over power, won't work with both devices plugged into the same switch. Both your TiVo and your Stream will need to be near each other, and both will need to be near your network router. I help a lot of my friends set up their networks and there aren't many of them with a setup that would meet the Stream's limitations. The Stream is potentially great but they've bungled it by severely limiting the places where it can be used.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Changed my life

    Posted
    ontheroadagain101

    I travel for work every week and need to take my shows on the go to stay caught up. Previously I was using Roxio Toast to transfer shows from my TiVo onto my Mac, then converting the files to put on my iPad. It was a pain and not always reliable. When I recently upgraded to Mountain Lion, it stopped working altogether. TiVo stream came along just in time! I'm taking shows on flights, and also streaming when I'm home, in the kitchen or outside on the deck. I rarely watched my old converted shows at home because I had to plan ahead to get them downloaded to the computer, converted, and then onto my device. Now I can decide to play a show on the spur of the moment! One thing that would make it better is a button to back up 10 or 30 seconds. It's pretty hard to back up just a little bit if you missed something.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very cool once it's working...

    Posted
    abeln2672
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works OK, but not as well as I expected or want

    Posted
    BajaBarry
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Tivo says it " lets you watch what you want, where you want—around the house or around the world." I want to watch on my TV in my house in another country. While I should be able stream or download to my iPad, the App will not allow the video to be "cast" (for example via an HDMI adapter or Apple TV) - not something the material I reviewed before purchase mentioned. I have not used it much yet, other than some testing, but will be soon when I head to the other house. The device is okay, it the the artificial limitation in the App that bugs me. Many iOS apps allow file transfer into iTunes on a PC, but this does not, so the only way to do anything with the video is through the app, and that must be on the iPad. I'm pretty sure that the same restriction is in the Android app too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great TiVo product!!

    Posted
    Kat81
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    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!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Did not work for me

    Posted
    OldMan54
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was excited about this device. I couldn't wait to install it. But then I found several problems. Even though device was hooked to same switch as my wireless AP some devices could see it and some couldn't. Called tech support but they were not much help. When I did get it to work the performance wasn't the greatest either for me. This could have been an issue with my wireless in my house but the DVR, STREAM, and Wireless AP were all in the same room. But the biggest thing I did not like was turning my four tuner DVR into a three tuner DVR. One of the tuners has to be dedicated to the Stream, even when it is NOT IN USE. This is unacceptable to me who records many shows. It would be fine if it made a tuner unavailable WHILE YOU WERE WATCHING, but that's not how they have it working.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The next versionwill be better

    Posted
    EnthusiastTechAmateur
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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. Pros - It's most useful feature has been allowing me to download shows. No other alternative does it as simply as this. Cons - 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Could not get it to work

    Posted
    wmgrar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I thought this would be a breeze to get up and running. I have called Tivo support twice. Both times ended in disappointment. They were very courteous ("Please may I put on a brief hold?" "I understand your frustration let's try this"). Each call lasted about 40 minutes. Each time I was unable to get things running. The second call ended with them asking me to try one more thing and if that didn't work I was suppose to call back so they could connect me to a higher level of support. Two 40 minute calls and then I get to a higher level of support? Seems like I should have had that 10 minutes into the first call. I haven't made the third call as yet since I have not be able to remove the unit from the wall to which I threw it after call #2.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend