The TiVo Stream 4K is the first hardware from the well-known DVR company that has nothing to do with recording TV broadcasts. Instead, this little box, designed to connect to HDMI and hang from the back of your TV, is all about streaming video, and could be a serious competitor to some of our favorite devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick Plus.
First announced in January at CES and available today for $ 50, the Stream uses the Google Android TV system to access thousands of familiar apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and more. The dongle features 4K resolution as well as Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision HDR of compatible applications.
So far, that closely resembles its Roku and Amazon competitors, but Stream also adds a few key differences. Most obvious is the remote control: Compared to the reduced clicks of other streamers, the iconic TiVo peanut has more buttons, including real numbers and a prominent guide key. Stream also includes a proprietary TiVo Stream application designed to display the content of all your streaming “packages” in one place, with search technology and TiVo metadata. A button on the remote control allows you to use the built-in Google Assistant for voice search. We are still not sure what the number keys do.
Although it offers a host of live television services through Android TV, the dongle is launched with Sling TV as a preferred source for live TV. Sling subscribers will be able to search through the interface or remote voice control and view a variety of programs offered by Sling. They will also see free channels offered through TiVo Plus, a proprietary network offering content from TMZ, Outside TV, PowerNation, FailArmy, Hell & # 39; s Kitchen, Cheddar and, thanks to a new partnership, Pluto TV (Disclosure: CNET and PlutoTV are the property of ViacomCBS).
TiVo made a name for itself in DVRs in the early 2000s, and in recent years its boxes. As the Screw and the EdgeI have tried to cover both streaming and TV recording. TiVo has seen cable cutters migrate from cable DVRs to live TV streaming services like Sling, and says it wants to meet that demand with TiVo Stream 4K. A TiVo spokesperson told CNET in January that Stream will not be compatible with existing TiVo hardware at launch as it was “designed from scratch,” but that integration is on the roadmap.
The Stream will cost $ 50 (around £ 40 or AU $ 70) at launch, but the price rises to $ 69 after May 27. That’s especially affordable when judged compared to other Android boxes like the $ 150 Nvidia shield.
We have been using the system for a couple of days and found that it will be familiar to existing Android TV users. Stay tuned for the full CNET review in the coming days.
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