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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 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good device but may be crippled by provider

    Posted
    Woshishei
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stream Good but not quite there yet

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

    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Still Working Out Bugs

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

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very cool once it's working...

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

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enhances iPad experience at a low cost

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

    Best Buy honored Amazon Prime price match of TiVo stream bundle which makes this product very attractively priced. Good companion to the TiVo XL4 to easily download non-copy protected shows to my iPad for my commute and to manage content and upcoming programming. TiVo's app has a very easy interface making watching programs is a very pleasant experience. It is disappointing that I cannot directly view content over the Internet or use Apple mirroring to a TV. I recommend a Slingbox 350 to view from Internet or on another TV via Airplay or mirroring. I considered the Mini but don't want to forfeit of one of my TiVo tuners to use it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good idea, but...

    Posted
    0000
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The device is a good idea. Unfortunately, getting it to work took some effort. Still, occasionally and without any good reason for it, it streams in low resolution (hopefully gets improved in the future). Haven't figured out how (or if) I can do out-of-home streaming. Thought that this is the device's main selling feature, but the phone app error message says that the software on the device doesn't support it. So, dealing with technical details (glitches?) can be frustrating. Phone support in my case was pretty helpless and useless. Overall, it's still good enough to justify a purchase when you need it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Tivo add-on, but major flaw

    Posted
    VegetableJuice
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Once you get it to work, it works well

    Posted
    chilipino
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought the TiVo Stream to add streaming capability to my TiVo Roamio OTA. Setup in theory should have been fast and easy, but it was slow and painful. Once finally set up, the streams were slow or didn't work at all. Tried setting up and restarting the box a few times until it finally worked. Since then, it has worked consistently and well. Haven't had to restart it since my initial set up problems. I've read online about others having the same problem. Seems like once you get it working, then it becomes rock solid (at least so far).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for streaming in house to iPad

    Posted
    ehm77
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought the Tivo Stream to use with my Premiere. It works great to extend the the Tivo experience to the iPad. In house, the streaming is exceptionally smooth and the skip forward and backwards works surprisingly well. I have found downloading to be the better experience for out of home use. Streaming for me has resulting in too many buffering pauses (could be the network?). I have had to restart the Stream a couple times to and it does have a surprisingly high pitched whiny fan. Overall, great value and makes the Tivo much more useful around the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great device for viewing programs at home

    Posted
    BoseSounddock10
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    The ability to watch tv in the garage, outside and anywhere around home is wonderful. i also download shows to my Ipad so I can watch them on the road. the ability to store tv shows for my upcoming 17 day trip to South Africa makes this device invaluable. I have downloaded 50 TV shows to my Ipad for the trip. Shows eat up a l;ot of space. I had to purchase a 64gb Ipad to maintain all of my shows. I have had to reset the stream twice due to hiccups.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for iPhone/iPad

    Posted
    GatorNE
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    The Tivo Stream is a great device for moving shows directly from your Tivo to an iPad or iPhone. This keeps you from having to download content to your computer... transcode it to a iPhone/iPad codec... move shows to iTunes and then syncing the devices. Instead... you can wirelessly move shows directly to your device via WIFI --- MAJOR timesaver! It works like a charm except for occasionally having to re-establish a connection (which is a minor inconvenience at worst).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm

    Posted
    bbshopper20133
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The Tivo Stream performs it's purpose well. I am able to remotely access my shows and to operate other functions on the console. It was very easy to set up and has worked very well since I've owned it (about a month). I noticed the fan is constantly running. Even though it is quiet, I was concerned it wasn't functioning properly. A call to Tivo confirmed that was normal. Just for peace of mind, I bought a 3 year Square Trade warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    best dvr recorder

    Posted
    Brandy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I purchased this back when DVR recorders were gaining popularity and do not regret my purchase. Tivo does come with a monthly fee to maintain the TV guide and other various services. Still own it after 4 years of use and have purchased the lifetime service from tivo for $99 which eliminates the monthly fee. (This is only offered to customers who have had their product for more than a few years and usually only offered when attempting to cancel service.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it does, well.

    Posted
    KCocoa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    TiVo already had a gteat app, though sometimes they cripple it when a new update release, but follow by a quick fix, that's good. But for this little box streams very well in a two bedroom apt. A moment to get the buffer full but beautiful on any iPad iPod , but as I mentioned, can NOT be mirrored with apple tv. But still for the $$ ok . The only other option is to get another box and subscrition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's the cheaper alternative to the Roamio Plus

    Posted
    lisi28
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I still own my Tivo Premiere and by adding the stream, it gives you the same flexibilty that the new improved Roamio Plus offers in one unit. For the cost, I went with the stream. As long as the wifi signal is strong and the unit remains online, the out-of-network streaming works seamlessly. I would highly recommend for the traveler type to keep in touch with your Tivo on the road.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Took a while to install, but works great!

    Posted
    jessepdx
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    After a day or so, it suddenly started working. Works great. Downloads video from the TiVo to your iOS device based on the speed of the ROUTER, not the speed of the internet connection (we have a very slow DSL). For 'nearly live' tv, start recording a show and send it immediately to your iPad and you have instant live tv. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend