TiVo Introduces 'Roamio' DVR That Streams Live and Recorded Shows to iOS Devices

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TiVo has announced a new line of DVR models that will eventually include support for streaming of live and recorded shows to the iPhone and iPad. The new TiVo, called the Roamio, includes built-in wireless and a new TiVo Stream feature that will allow users to connect their iPhones and iPads to the Roamio remotely and stream live channels and recorded shows.

    The press release from TiVo features a host of disclaimers, however -- the TiVo Stream feature is not available at launch but should be available in the next few months, streaming is "restricted to a limited number of devices owned" by the subscriber, and not all content can be streamed out of the home. Some unspecified content is restricted to mobile devices on the local network rather.

    The new box also includes a new HTML5-based platform that TiVo says will allow for faster app rollouts and upgrades -- TiVo already supports apps from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, among others.
    The TiVo Roamio is available in $200, $400 and $600 models with four to six tuners and up to 3TB of storage. TiVo boxes require a CableCard from a cable company or HD antenna and do not work with satellite services like DirecTV.

    Article Link: TiVo Introduces 'Roamio' DVR That Streams Live and Recorded Shows to iOS Devices
  2. macrumors 68030


    May 31, 2007
    National Weather Center
    Why even release it if the streaming isn't working?
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    Seems like a good reason to not early adopt. Maybe they won't even work on that feature if sales are low.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Seems like Tivo like releasing half baked crap. You only have to look at the Tivo they supplied with Virgin Media. We've got tons of stuff missing. We were promised an iPhone/iPad app that let you stream from your Tivo box. It was due out over a year ago - Virgin outsourced the dev to Tivo who've done bugger all so far.

    They even disabled Tivo > Tivo streaming for us.
  5. macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    Thanks for this. I thought TiVo went out of business years ago...
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    Eh, I used to have a TiVo but now they cost as much as a cable box plus have a huge upfront free.

    Got an HDHomeRun Prime instead. Best decision I ever made. Live tv, recordings all around the house and on my phone/iPad.

    Of course the HDHR requires windows or some technical know how to get working in other platforms. Just a thought.
  7. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Is streaming TV shows to your iPad/iPhone when your not home really needed? I can see if you're on vacation, but it seems to me that if you got time to watch a TV show when you're out, you might as well just go home.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    Doesn't the Virgin Media Tivo box already do this on iPhone and iPad at least?
  9. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
    TiVo has a knack for releasing products into the wild that have no business of being there yet. They only just now released Netflix functionality into their TiVo Mini, which came out early this year (they told everyone "coming soon"). The TiVo Series4 has serious software issues for those of us using CableCards, and their support team largely just does a bunch of finger pointing when you call them on it.

    I went shopping with my mom this weekend because she was going to outfit her house with TiVos, but we ended up not buying them because they all have incompatibility issues with each other. You can't use a TiVo Mini in conjunction with another TiVo unless you have the more expensive 4-tuner TiVo, even though there's no technical reason why that should be (the reason is they want you to have the more expensive model and/or were too lazy to update the software on the 2-tuner model to support the Mini). You can't use a TiVo Mini in conjunction with a regular TiVo if the regular TiVo is connected via wireless, but, if you have two full sized TiVos, they are somehow magically able to stream to each other over the wireless.

    All in all their devices have a lot of stupid technical limitations that should not be, and that's why I gave up on them earlier this year.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    A lot of their limitations are restrictions related to being a certified cable card box unfortunately
  11. redscull, Aug 20, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013

    macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2010
    I wish TiVo would support their existing units. They never seem to add functionality or fix problems with their hardware except via releasing completely new hardware. And that means you have to spend like $400 every time you want the features/fixes your existing hardware is otherwise fully capable of supporting. It also screws their lifetime membership customers even worse.

    Like others said, I absolutely would not buy this new unit until the streaming works because that is really the only major feature this unit adds over the older ones. And based on TiVo's track record, when they do finally finish the streaming feature, it will require you to purchase even newer hardware; these existing Roamios likely won't even support it.

    Plus, their TiVo app for iOS sucks. It looks pretty and sleek, but it's obnoxiously slow and has a terribly inefficient user interface design. Until they make some significant improvements to the app, new hardware designed to utilize that app more isn't all that exciting. We only use the app in our household when we literally can't find our remote. Even spending a minute or two looking for the remote will generally be quicker to accomplish what we're trying to do than using the app on a phone that is always within a foot of my hand.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    This is a bit of misinformation. The streaming outside the house is not yet available. Streaming inside home networks to iOS devices will work on day 1, as this bundles in existing hardware (TiVo Stream). Streaming between this and other series 4/5 devices will also work on day 1.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2010
    The current TiVO Stream product doesn't even work unless you have two (!) ethernet cables available to connect from the TiVo+Stream to your router. So a Roamio is a $400 fee to add wifi capability to the older TiVo+Stream package. This is what I'm talking about in regards to existing hardware. If I'd bought a Stream, I'd be outraged (but I didn't, cause ethernet-only was a deal breaker).

    They need to sell a new Stream add-on that actually supports wifi so that my current TiVo can stream to iOS devices without me having to buy a whole new TiVo box plus LifeTime service.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    So, after 2 1/2 years of twice-weekly SPAM from TIVO, telling me how much I need to upgrade from my Series 3 to a Premiere, so that I can get the functionality that they could have easily put in the Series 3, now they're abandoning the Premiere for a new, half functional device?

    No thanks. I'll keep the Series 3 until it craters, and hope that Apple has come out with a killer product to make cable obsolete by then.
  15. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
  16. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    CT, USA
    These will only last until the cable providers talk the FCC into not making them provide cable cards.


    People are saving money in the long run by using TiVo and not paying the cable industry for there sub standard DVRs and boxes. I did some quick calculations and found that the break even point would be about 5 years for some one in my area with two TVs, this dose not include the cost of electricity they would be saving because our local cable providers boxes have the added feature of a space heater.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    I apologize for the ambiguity; the misinformation I referred to was in the original post.

    Most people on TCF have been placing streams next to their router. Also, I believe while the hardwire is a requirement, people use these over wireless generally fine, if the network is properly setup.

    Alternatively, you can use MoCA. With the 4-tuner Premieres, the DVR can act as a MoCA gateway, so you can plug the coax into the DVR, and hang a switch off the Ethernet port and plug your Stream (and other ethernet devices) in there. Then all you'd need would be a MoCA adaptor plugged into your router and cable feed to officially get it talking to the rest of your LAN resources.

    I don't currently have anything but a 2-tuner premiere, but I use MoCA currently (adapters on both sides of my coax) so I can put the Premiere on a more reliable signal and provide other wired devices by my TV (ATV, another access point, etc.). Looking forward to the 6 tuner middle model, so I can eliminate one specific MoCA adapter, gain stream ability, and support a TiVo mini in another room, which also natively speaks MoCA.

    Good luck!
  18. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2005
    I do. It is still the best option for broadcast cable TV, but for Internet TV I switch to Apple TV, since TiVo sucks at it. I've used many boxes and services, and at the end of the day the noticeable flaw with them all is that our options are bound by the control the TV/entertainment industry puts on it's consumers. I do hope Apple can break through some of the divisions, but I'm afraid it's going to be proprietary, isolated, subscription-based apps on top of every other cost, from here to eternity.
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    TiVo was a good idea in concept to me. I paid fora 3-year service and just cancelled their $9.95 month to month because I just don't use it. It doesn't work with my DTV and sits in my office off most of the time.

    That said, if I am going to pay for a cable provider then I don't want to pay extra for a cable card and the service it requires. $5-$9 on my bill was taxed making it almost $15 extra a month. TiVo would lose the handshake with the cable card and I'd have to reset a lot. That takes time. The box is a giant paperweight now.

    This doesn't do anything for me. There are enough networks giving me service on my iPad that I don't need to pay for this box.
  20. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC

    "Problem with the signal on this cable channel, trying again."

    Even though there's no problem with the signal, the other TVs (and TiVos) in the house still work, and rebooting the TiVo fixes the problem immediately. Meanwhile if your TiVo has been stuck like this for 2-3 days, it means it missed everything you asked it to record.

    Yet, TiVo just wants to argue that it's the cable provider, and that there's something wrong with the signal, even though several appointments with Comcast have proven through and through that my signal is good.

    One of TiVo's tech people actually told me, and I quote, "I've seen customers have to try 7-8 different CableCards before it worked properly." Right. There's no way it's you, TiVo.
  21. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nope. Its supposed to (and was supposed to when they launched the app last year) but they keep putting it off. All it lets you do right now is set up a recording. The (very old) Virgin Remote app for the iPhone did exactly the same thing, and it worked on both the Tivo boxes and the older Liberty boxes (V+HD).
  22. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    One look at that remote and I knew: THIS is the future!*

    * Where by future, I mean 1990.

    Good gravy! Looks like the kind of usability nightmare they used to sell in bulk to motels.
  23. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Funny, my cable provider just launched a similar Samsung box here called Horizon (DVR, cable modem, Wifi router, 6 tuners, small selection of apps, can stream to iOS devices, iOS devices can act as remote control).

    Biggest differences are the Horizon has just 500GB storage, and can only stream on the local network. On the plus side, there's just a €45 charge (the cable operator retains ownership) as opposed to up to $600.

    Is anyone not converging on the living room?
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2011
    I love my TiVo but I just don't get their business model. If you're on a lifetime plan there's absolutely no incentive to ever give them any more money or upgrade your hardware. $500 for new lifetime service? I'll pass.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    Am I the only one who really hates the way this thing looks? Not to mention the name is a stupid ass play on words.

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