TiVo Streaming Apple TV App Will Be Limited to 720p at 30 FPS

TiVo's upcoming Apple TV app will limit streaming to 720p at 30 frames per second and won't support native MPEG-2 broadcasts or 5.1 surround sound, it has been revealed.

TiVo's app is coming to Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV later this year

During CES, TiVo announced it would release an app for Apple TV in the third quarter of this year that would allow TiVo users to stream live and recorded content to other televisions without incurring additional cost.

However, users hoping to enjoy TiVo content on their Apple TV at the same level of audio and visual quality are in for disappointment. The admission was made in a TechHive interview with Ted Malone, TiVo's vice president of consumer products and services.

Malone explained that the limitations, which will also apply across the company's forthcoming Amazon Fire TV and Roku apps, is a necessary compromise that has do with the TiVo's hardware resource allocation:
"I want 720p 60 [fps]," Malone told the publication. "I've done some internal demos proving that 720p 60 [fps] is actually noticeably better than 720p 30 [fps]. It's really a battle for resources and just getting it done."

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Malone said the TiVo hardware can technically support higher-quality streams, but not without dialing back some other capabilities, such as streaming to TiVo Mini Vox boxes.
As it stands, TiVo users who want to view live programming and DVR content on additional televisions have to resort to a TiVo Mini. The first-party Mini costs $180 but includes support for high-quality streaming, which means it will remain the best solution for expanding the availability of TiVo content to multiple rooms.

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22 weeks ago
This is a joke for such an established company. Silicondust, a much smaller company can do this and Tivo can’t?!??
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22 weeks ago
What the heck!? Not even the fullHD in 4K era where 8K is on the way? Nope, thank you.
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22 weeks ago
DOA
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22 weeks ago
Nope.
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22 weeks ago

DOA


Because of my wife’s desire to record shows and play them back later I was interested in this app. Was.
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22 weeks ago
For years now I have been playing TiVO recordings on the AppleTV with the fantastic Infuse Pro app:
Download the recording on my Mac with cTivo, and then play on AppleTV in its original format, with 5.1 sound on the AppleTV via Infuse Pro.

TiVO’s own software, has been getting worse: their iOS app was ruined completely a couple of months ago
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22 weeks ago
Better not cut that cord yet lol
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22 weeks ago

Most cable/satellite/OTA systems have just caught up to 1080P. OTA MIGHT have the cheapest path to upgrade to 4 or 8k but most of those are local area companies who don’t have either big budgets or big revenue streams. Cable will require a lot of hardware upgrades and replacements all through their network and Satellite needs new satellites launched and receivers to customers distributed without disrupting current service. Really, Internet and OTA have a possible advantage here but since it requires a company to look way way way beyond just the next quarter to see profits I think they will also be dragging their feet to implement a cost effective (for the customer) system.


This is exactly it. When the industry switched to HD in the mid to late-aughts, it still took a while for everyone to get on board. 4K equipment is being deployed but very slowly as the cost is still too high. This doesn't even take into account post-production on a 4K shoot. We're spending double to triple on storage and conversion than we were a few years ago, which is really prohibitive on the ever tightening budgets of most networks.

Aside from the equipment to shoot & edit in 4K, most NOCs (Network Operating Centers) don't have the ability to broadcast in 4K and would require an overhaul of the entire system, which again, people aren't going to do since the investment to HD is still being amortized. 4K files are incredibly large and current cable or OTA system are incapable of sending files that large on a regular basis.

Small anecdote: I was working on a show in 2011 and we were still recording to tape. We were starting to record to digital media but only as a back up as it was still failing a lot, so mostly, it was a test. But the 2011 tsunami in Japan destroyed the Sony factory that made the tape most used. We were forced to move to digital recording out of necessity, not desire. Digital media became a lot more reliable after that, again, out of necessity since tape costs were outrageous at this time since it was so scarce. It helped in getting everyone to make the big leap to HD though.
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22 weeks ago

Well damn, that is NOT what i wanted to hear... I would be willing to pay a small monthly fee if they would stream in higher quality and allow full features. Say 5 dollars a month, because that for me is cheaper than having a second tivo box in my bedroom.


I agree, offer the app for free with a lower quality streaming and no
5.1 or an upgrade $4.99/month for full had and 1080p at least they’ll get revenue for the app use
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22 weeks ago

What the heck!? Not even the fullHD in 4K era where 8K is on the way? Nope, thank you.


1080p is not a broadcast standard. 720p is. Half of all TV programs TIVO is designed to record is 720p, and the other half is 1080i, not even full HD, either. Other than OTA broadcast, most cable and satellite signals are so compressed the MPEG-2 signal is hardly optimal, and many other streaming codecs are better in many ways. I'm not sure why this is a problem.
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