During CES 2019, TiVo had stated that anytime during the year, it would be releasing the Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV apps. And the best part was, in order to watch live or recorded videos on these apps, customers need not have a separate TiVo Mini box. However, an entire year has passed, and still, there is no sign of any of these apps coming onboard.
Well, it looks like these apps may not be coming soon, at least in the near future. A company representative has stated that Roku and Apple TV apps have been put “on hold” or deferred, at least for now. According to the statement made by the TiVo executive, it is also pretty obvious that apart from these two apps, the Fire TV app is also not coming anytime soon.
Well, it looks like these apps might be having some issues. This was evident from an interview at the CES 2020 given by Ted Malone, who is the VP of TiVo’s customer products and services. In fact, Malone was actually heard saying that these apps are “in limbo”. However, later on, a spokesperson of the company clarified the statement provided by Malone that, in reality, these apps have been put “on hold.”
Why have these apps been put on hold?
The spokesperson from TiVo has said that in order to plan for the launch of TiVo Stream 4K, various other projects have been re-prioritized, and thus, Roko and Apple TV apps have been put off for now. For those who are unaware, TiVo Stream 4K is the latest HDMI streaming dongle priced at $69. In the latest CES event this year, TiVo showcased the same saying that it could offer tough competition to Fire TV and Chromecast streaming sticks.
TechHive has followed up with the company spokesperson who has given the following statement: “During the second half of this year, we re-prioritized several projects in order to focus on the launch of TiVo Stream 4K. Because of this, the streamer clients were put on hold. We are looking at moving forward with the Android streamer client in order to provide compatibility between Stream and Linux based DVR’s. Apple TV and Roku clients are currently on hold.”
Malone feels that the delay in the arrival of these apps is mainly to be blamed on technical as well as business-related practices. On the technical front, efforts were actually put by the concerned team in sorting out the quality-related issues encountered during the streaming process from a TiVo DVR to an Apple TV or Roku device. Malone says that at present, they are focussing on completing the Android TV app initially. Post this; they plan to focus on the Android-based Fire TV app.
TiVo does not seem to be doing pretty well as far as the business point of view is concerned. This is evident as it is still trying to make a name for itself in the streaming business. According to an official statement, right now, TiVo is concentrating on its Stream 4K device, putting the rest of its projects on hold. However, this delay may lead to TiVo customers into purchasing TiVo Mini boxes costing $180 if they wish to access the recordings from different places within their homes.
Looks like for now, it would be at least some time before the viewers get to witness the TiVo apps for Roku, Apple TV, or Fire TV. And even if these apps arrive, the streaming quality might not be that great as TiVo has stated that they would be limited to 720p and 30fps.
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