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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TiVo to Launch Apple TV App Later This Year

TiVo is planning to launch apps for Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV later this year, reports Zatz Not Funny via The Verge. The apps will let people watch live or recorded video on multiple TVs without the need to purchase a TiVo Mini.

The TiVo Mini boxes are priced at $179.99 and are typically needed to extend TiVo DVR content to additional televisions in the home.


TiVo is a DVR service for recording live programming to watch at a later time, and it is equipped with a number of features like online recording options, playback while a show is still being recorded, scheduled recordings, and more. It also integrates with several services, including Amazon Video on Demand and Netflix.

The company recently introduced its latest product, the TiVo BOLT OTA which includes an antenna for cord cutters. The BOLT OTA costs $250 for 1TB of storage, which can hold 150 hours of HD content. TiVo charges a $6.99 monthly fee for the BOLT OTA, but the additional apps will be free with no other costs associated.

The apps are said to be coming in the second and third quarter of 2019, with TiVo to launch an app for Fire TV first, followed by Roku, and then Apple TV.

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TiVo Reveals ‘Next-Gen Platform’ to Combine Cable and Streaming Content Across Multiple Devices

TiVo this morning announced a new “Next-Gen Platform” that aims to combine content from cable tv, streaming, DVR, and on-demand all in one place (via Engadget). The enterprise announcement is aimed at operators who might partner with TiVo on the platform, so the official launch of such a service is likely a ways off.

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When it does launch, the Next-Gen Platform will deliver all of a user’s content to “managed” set-top boxes powered by Linux and Android TV, as well as “unmanaged” devices like Apple TV and Android Fire TV. The OS-agnostic approach will let users access shows and movies from both cable providers and streaming services — Netflix is used specifically in promo images — on Apple TV, iPhone, MacBook, and more.

This means that TiVo’s platform isn’t a new cord-cutting service of its own, but something that cable and streaming operators will have to choose to integrate into their existing services for customers to gain access.

TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform allows providers to deliver content to customers where they want to watch it, whether on managed set-top-boxes, such as Linux and Android TV; unmanaged bring-your-own devices, such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire; as well as mobile and web. Our Next-Gen Platform gives operators rapid agility for faster time to market and scalability, while subscribers enjoy a greater level of personalization across content sources and devices.

Specifically, operators will be able to integrate the platform on managed set-top boxes with TiVo for Linux and TiVo for Android TV. The company said this cloud-powered software will offer TiVo’s personalized recommendations, voice commands, and the Next-Gen Platform’s main hook of integration across other devices for a multi-screen experience.



The other parts of the platform include TiVo for Streamers and TiVo for Mobile, which will be apps that offer the same features and experience as the set-top boxes, but delivered to Apple TV, Fire TV, iPhone, Android, and more. For the smartphone app, TiVo said that it will be able to “support multiple use cases,” from a standalone, cloud-enabled Internet Protocol television (IPTV) app separate from the user’s set-top box, as well as a hybrid app that could be more of a companion experience to TiVo’s big-screen apps.

TiVo argues that the Next-Gen Platform will “help operators reduce churn, drive customer engagement, stay ahead of the competition and own the customer experience,” but at this time no partners have been confirmed to support the future service. With CES starting next week on January 9, more information about TiVo’s new platform is expected to be coming soon.

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