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TiVo Stream 4K Delayed, Misses April Launch

TiVo’s retail pivot away from the traditional DVR towards a smaller form factor Internet streamer has seemingly hit a bump in the road.

The Android TV-powered TiVo Stream 4K was originally slated for an April release. And, while the world has drastically changed in recent months, TiVo indicated the Stream 4K was on track and “coming very soon” on April 16th. So something has clearly come up, delaying its launch and leading to updated guidance that the TiVo Stream 4K should be available “in the next few weeks” (vs an outright cancellation of the product, as the Maverik was).

With so many sheltering in place, it’s an ideal time to get a streamer into the market. But TiVo is entering a crowded field of mature competitors, including Apple TV, Roku, and others. TiVo’s pitch is superior cross-app presentation and universal search, but they may also feature fewer deep linked content providers while only integrating Sling TV for live television and DVR — and, maddeningly, leaving behind their existing TiVo DVR customers.

The TiVo Stream 4K was originally slated to launch with $50 promotional pricing, followed by an eventual $70 MSRP. As with the release date that’s slipped, it wouldn’t surprise me if revised pricing could also be in play. We shall see.

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  • If it had worked with YouTube TV and also streamed from a real TiVo, this would have been a no-brainer purchase for me. I moved two months ago to a place without cable, so I'm streaming-only now. They missed the boat with me, and I'm using YouTube TV on all of my sets.

  • Yup, killing the streamer clients without making this a TiVo DVR end-point was the end of the road for me. I moved on from TiVo in January and now use Channels DVR.

  • Disappointing, but unfortunately, not unexpected. Not sure what, or if, the the Coronavirus has to do with this, but I think it will arrive shortly. Hoping at least.

  • With the similarly specced AirTV Mini running $80, I'll go ahead and pick that number. I'll also guess May pre-orders with hopes of June deliveries.

  • I hope that dongle isn't to heavy to affect my hdmi input on my av receiver,didn't the amazon 4k dongle have a problem because of it's weight so they added an cable for it?

  • Oooh... Good to know on the Channels DVR. That would have worked for me had I bought AppleTVs for all of my dumb TVs instead of just replacing them with RokuTVs when I moved. Channels doesn't have a Roku app... they said the typical Roku box doesn't have the resources needed to decode.

    I bought an AirTV2 and the antenna tuner kit to try it all out before the quarantine, but ended up sticking with YouTube TV instead. Wish it was easier to sell the kit I bought.

  • I’d switch to the Channels DVR right now if I could afford to. Teasing us with apps really pissed me off. Hopefully I can switch at the beginning of the year.

  • What hardware are you using with Channels. The pre-roll ads were the final straw that turned this one time TiVo lover into a TiVo hater.

    I went to the channels website but I'm kind of confused at what hardware I need. I have Apple TVs on both my sets already. But I can't figure out everything else I would need.

  • Eddie, there are several ways to slice and dice it. You can use HDHomeRun over-the-air or CableCARD tuners as content sources. You can also link a cable company TV Everywhere credential to get much of that content remotely (with lesser audio and video quality). Then your DVR will need a brain and some storage. This could be a computer, a Raspberry Pi, a NAS, etc. Lastly, you'll need some display clients like Apple TV or Fire TV.

    I use an NVIDIA SHIELD TV PRO for brain, storage (via USB drive), and television client (that sits at my family room TV). Most content is via a used HDHomeRun Prime with CableCARD on FiOS TV (that sits in my upstairs office). I also linked my mom's Comcast TVE account to add the Big Ten channel to my lineup. I have Apple TV and Fire TV for other clients. I am bummed they're not providing a Roku client due to those performance limitations.

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Dave Zatz