TiVo’s new streaming apps will be limited to 720p and 30 fps

At CES 2019,
TiVo announced
that it will begin offering a new streaming
app for the Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV streaming devices later
this year, which will allow users stream live and recorded
shows in their home without investing in separate hardware like
the TiVo Mini Vox.
But according to an interview with Ted Malone, TiVo’s VP of
consumer products and services, those apps will be pretty
limited, only offering streaming at 720p quality and 30 fps,

via TechHive
.

Better streaming may be possible, but right now, the apps
are stuck with 720p

The apps apparently look similar to TiVo’s existing UI, albeit
at lower resolutions than users may have hoped for. “I want
720p 60 [fps],” Malone said in the interview. “I’ve done some
internal demos proving that 720p 60 [fps] is actually
noticeably better than 720p 30. It’s really a battle for
resources and just getting it done.” Additionally,
AppleInsider notes that native MPEG-2 broadcasts, 5.1
surround sound, and TiVo’s automatic commercial jumping
SkipMode
won’t work with the app either.

TiVo still offers the TiVo Mini Vox, which supports all of the
features, including higher resolution streaming, that the
company will happily sell you for $180 each. But it’s probably
to be expected that TiVo would put more time and resources into
optimizing its own paid hardware over a free app for another
platform.

Per an earlier report from Zatz Not
Funny
, the new TiVo apps are set to arrive
sometime in the second or third quarter of 2019 — first to the
Fire TV, then Roku, and finally to the Apple TV — although
exact dates haven’t been announced yet.

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