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When you’re going out, working out, hanging out, chilling out or staying out, it doesn’t make sense for your entertainment to stay in. TiVo Stream lets you watch what you want, when you want AND where you want. Around in the house or anywhere in the world.

Buy TiVo Stream
Did you buy your TiVo DVR from a cable operator?

TIVO, now available for takeout

You and your favorite shows belong together no matter where you go. Transfer the latest episode or newest release and hit the road.

  • Stream live or recorded shows at home or on the go
  • Download a one-hour show in as little as 15 minutes
  • Compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices running iOS 5.1 or later
  • Works with the four-tuner TiVo Roamio and all TiVo Premiere DVRs

Finally, a relationship where you can be a control freak.

Take control of Stream from your iOS device. The free app is every bit as easy to use as your TiVo interface. It’s every bit as powerful, too.

  • Control live TV
  • Schedule recordings on your DVR
  • Manage your To Do List and Season Pass® requests
  • Publish comments about shows to Facebook and Twitter
  • Watch live TV and recorded shows from anywhere
  • Switch from mobile device to TV viewing at home with one tap

Stream Specs Tab Content

Compatible DVRs (4-TUNERS REQUIRED)

  • TiVo Roamio (Built-in to Roamio Plus and Pro)
  • TiVo Premiere
  • Premiere 4
  • XL4/Elite

Outputs

Gigabit Ethernet, power/status LED, network status LEDs.

Video Output Modes

480i480p720p1080i1080p

Ability to stream multiple shows is also dependent on factors including bit rate, resolution, screen size and available bandwidth.Not all programs may be transferred using TiVo Stream due to the use of copy protection mechanisms permitted under the FCC's encoding rules. These shows usually are marked with a red circle-slash icon. (47 C.F.R. 76.1904)

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Stream Installation Tabbed Content

Get started with TiVo Stream

Find your "Start Here" poster

When your TiVo Stream arrives, locate the "Start here" poster in the box or view the poster online. It is your step-by-step guide to get your device up and running quickly.

Download or update the TiVo app on your iOS device running iOS 5.1 or later

To stream or download shows from your TiVo DVR, you’ll need the latest version of the TiVo app. If you don’t already have the TiVo app, download it from the App Store and install it on your device now.

TiVo App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch lets you search, browse and discover new shows.

Additional resources

Connect Stream to the Internet

Check your TiVo Roamio or TiVo Premiere series DVR's network connection

Verify that your TiVo Roamio or TiVo Premiere series DVR is connected to your home network using either a wired Ethernet or MoCA® connection. Please note: you will not be able to use your TiVo Stream if your DVR is connected to the Internet using a wireless connection.

Use a wired Ethernet or MoCA Connection.

Wired Ethernet

Connect your TiVo Roamio series DVR to an open port on your router or to an Ethernet jack in your wall using an Ethernet cable (shown below).

Ethernet over coax (MoCA)

To use a MoCA connection, you must have MoCA enabled in your home. Then, connect the coaxial cable coming from the wall to the CABLE/MoCA port on the back of the TiVo DVR. For more information on MoCA, see tivo.com/moca.

Connect your TiVo Stream

TiVo DVR using an Ethernet connection

Connect the TiVo Stream to your router and plug it in.

  1. Connect the TiVo Stream to an open port on your router using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Connect the power cord from the back of the TiVo Stream to a power source.
  3. Wait for the LED on the back of the TiVo Stream to turn solid white. This should take less than 10 minutes.

Complete setup

You’ll now finish setup on your mobile device.

  1. On your iPad or other mobile device, launch the app.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the app and connect to your DVR. If the on-screen instructions do not appear automatically, go to the app's Settings menu and tap "TiVo Stream Set up."
  3. Enjoy!

Additional resources

Frequently asked questions

Stream Frequently asked questions



What is TiVo Stream?

TiVo Stream is a transcoding device that seamlessly delivers content stored on any TiVo Premiere series DVR or the 4-tuner TiVo Roamio to mobile viewing devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It allows for simultaneous streaming of recorded content to as many as four devices around the home. It also allows users to download programs for viewing out of the home.

This transcoding capability is built into TiVo Roamio Plus and Pro, therefore the purchase of the TiVo Stream accessory is not necessary.

How is TiVo Stream different from other streaming devices?

Unlike other streaming devices on the market, TiVo Stream is the first device to enable the streaming or downloading of recorded shows to multiple portable devices around the home without interrupting what is playing on the television. The power of TiVo Stream also enables users to transfer shows to their mobile device for viewing on the go, adding convenience and flexibility to the TiVo experience. 

Do I need a TiVo Stream for each DVR that I have in my home?

No, you only need one TiVo Stream even if you have more than one TiVo DVR in your home.

Note that the same transcoding capability is built into TiVo Roamio Plus and Pro, therefore the purchase of the TiVo Stream accessory is not necessary for those products.

Will TiVo Stream replace TiVo Desktop?

No. There are no plans to remove TiVo Desktop functionality, and it will continue to be an option for transferring programs to PCs and other mobile devices.

Where can I purchase a TiVo Stream?

TiVo Stream is available on tivo.com and select retailers.

If you received your TiVo DVR through your cable provider, please contact your provider to obtain a TiVo Stream.

How much does TiVo Stream cost?

The TiVo Stream is only $129.99 and does not require any service fee.

Is there a monthly service fee?

There is no monthly service fee.

What are the technical requirements for TiVo Stream?

In order to use TiVo Stream you must:

  •  Own any Premiere series or the 4-tuner Roamio DVR running software version 20.2.1 or later.
  •  Both the TiVo Stream and the DVR you wish to use with it must be connected to either an Ethernet or MoCA router.

   NOTE: The TiVo Stream does NOT support the following network types: wireless, Ethernet over Power, dial-up (phone), crossover network, or a business network.

  •  Wireless router for connecting to your mobile devices
  •  A supported mobile device. (Refer to TiVo.com/stream for currently supported devices.)
What comes with a TiVo Stream?

Your TiVo Stream will come with:

  • Power Cable/Supply
  • 3 foot Ethernet Cable
  • TiVo Stream Installation & Setup Guide
When I’m using TiVo Stream, what can I do at home or away?

 

AT HOME AWAY
Watch almost LiveTV
using “Record & Watch” button
YES Coming soon
Watch recordings from my TiVo DVR YES Coming soon
Download recordings onto my iOS device YES Coming soon
Watch recordings already downloaded to my iOS device YES YES
Can I watch a show on my mobile device while I am recording it on a TiVo DVR?

Yes, you can watch a show on a mobile device as it is recording. Using the Record and Watch button on the app is the easiest way to start watching immediately; it automatically starts a recording and immediately plays it back on your mobile device in one-step.

Can I watch Live TV on my mobile device in the home while watching another program on the TV?

Yes, you can watch close to Live TV by streaming a show that is currently recording. Use the Record and Watch button on the app; it automatically starts a recording and immediately plays it back on your mobile device in one-step.

How many shows can I stream with the TiVo Stream accessory or built-in streaming?

You can stream up to four shows simultaneously to four mobile devices in your home. Please note that to support two to four streams, you may need more than one DVR. Being able to stream four shows simultaneously also depends on the bitrate of the source recordings. For example, you may have difficulties streaming four high bitrate HD programs at the same time.

Can I download my TiVo recordings on my iPad/iphone to watch outside the home?

Yes,  you can also download recordings to your iOS device in the home so that you can take them with you. How to “Downloading shows to your iPad (TiVo Stream required)”]

Can I download any show or content to a mobile device or will some be copyright protected?

You can stream any TiVo recording within the home, including regular and some premium content. Due to FCC copyright regulations, some premium content may be marked as “copy once” and therefore cannot be downloaded to the mobile device. Those shows will be marked with a red slash icon.

Are there parental controls similar to TiVo’s TV interface for Stream content?

No. Currently, the TiVo Stream does not recognize the TiVo DVRs parental controls. Therefore, it is possible for a minor to stream a show from a TiVo DVR that was restricted by parental controls. It is up to adults to monitor a child’s viewing of TiVo recordings on iOS devices just as they would for any Internet video content. We recommend putting a password on the iOS device itself.

Can I watch Live TV on my mobile device while out of my home?

[COMING SOON]  Yes, you can stream up to one iOS device out of the home while others are watching TV or streaming to other devices within the home simultaneously.  Use the Record and Watch button on the app; it automatically starts a recording and immediately plays it on your mobile device in one-step.

This functionality can be used on any WiFi network. Quality may be degraded based on the bandwidth of that WiFi connection. You cannot stream shows on a cellular network, for 3G or 4G/LTE networks, download the show first. Carrier data limits or additional fees may apply.

 

Can I download shows to my mobile device while out of my home?

[COMING SOON]  Yes, you can stream up to one iOS device out of the home while others are watching TV or streaming to other devices within the home simultaneously.  Use the Record and Watch button on the app; it automatically starts a recording and immediately plays it on your mobile device in one-step.

This functionality can be used on any WiFi network. Quality may be degraded based on the bandwidth of that WiFi connection. You can also download shows on any 3G or 4G/LTE  cellular network. Based on the speed of connection, you may be able to begin watching while the show is downloading. Carrier data limits or additional fees may apply.

How do I activate or deactivate a TiVo Stream?

You can activate and deactivate your TiVo Stream using My Account.

Activating a TiVo Stream

Use the following steps to activate a TiVo Stream:
1. Sign in to your account on http://www.tivo.com/mma.
2. Once logged in, select My TiVo > My Account > Activate a TiVo device.
3. Enter the TiVo Stream TiVo Service Number. This number is located on the bottom of your TiVo Stream.
4. Click Continue.
5. A Thumbs Up and the following message should display You have activated your TiVo Stream. And that’s all there is to it! your TiVo Stream will now appear on your online account under Active TiVo devices.

 

Deactivating a TiVo Stream

Use the following steps to deactivate your TiVo Stream and remove it from your TiVo account:
1. Sign in to your account on>http://www.tivo.com/mma.
2. Once logged in, select My TiVo > My Account.
3. Find your TiVo Stream under Active TiVo Devices.
4. On the TiVo Stream you would like to unlink from your account, click the blue button Deactivate this device.
5. Once unlinked you will no longer see the TiVo Stream on your online account under Active TiVo devices and you will see a Thumbs Up and the message: You have deactivated your TiVo Stream.

 

My TiVo Stream will not activate or deactivate

If you have any issues activating or deactivating your TiVo Stream, please contact TiVo Customer Support for assistance.

 
How do I set up my TiVo Stream?

Use the steps below to set up your TiVo Stream for watching LiveTV and downloading video to your iOS device.

Step 1: Getting ready to connect your TiVo Stream

1. Write down your TiVo Stream’s TiVo Service Number (TSN).
You may need this number during the set up process, or if you contactTiVo Customer Support. You can find the TSN on the bottom of the device.
2. On your iPad or other mobile device, download or update the TiVo App.
To stream or download shows from your TiVo Premiere series DVR, you will need the latest version of the TiVo App. If you do not already have the TiVo App, download it from the App Store and install it on your device now. If you already have the TiVo App, make sure it is up to date (with no updates pending).

Step 2: Connecting a new TiVo Stream to your network

1. Check the network connection of your Premiere series DVR.
Verify that you have connected your Premiere series DVR to your home network using either a wired Ethernet or MoCA connection.
Wired Ethernet: Connect your TiVo Premiere series DVR to an open port on your router or to an Ethernet jack in your wall using an Ethernet cable.
MoCA To use a MoCA connection, you must have MoCA enabled in your home. Then, connect the coaxial cable coming from the wall to the CABLE/MoCA port on the back of the TiVo Premiere. For more information on MoCA, seetivo.com/moca.
2. Connect your TiVo Stream.
Connect the TiVo Stream to your router and plug it in.
IMPORTANT!If you need to set up more than one TiVo Stream, you must connect only ONE TiVo Stream and complete all setup instructions before connecting any additional devices.
1. Connect your TiVo Stream to an open port on your router using an Ethernet cable.
2. Connect the power cord from the back of the Stream to a power source.
3. Wait for the LED on the back of the Stream to turn solid white. This should take less than 10 minutes.

Step 3: Connecting the TiVo Stream to the TiVo App on your iOS device

You will now finish setting up the TiVo Stream by connecting it to your iPad, iPhone, iPad Touch (iOS device).
1. Ensure that you have downloaded and set up the most up-to-date TiVo App for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. For assistance, see How to use the TiVo App for iPad or How to use the TiVo App for iPhone
2. Launch the TiVo App on your iOS device.
3. The TiVo App will locate the TiVo Stream and begin Step 1: Checking software version. This can take up to 3 minutes.
NOTE: If the TiVo App does not automatically detect the TiVo Stream and begin Step 1, tap the gear (settings icon) and then TiVo Stream Setup.
If the TiVo Stream finds it does not need a firmware update, it will proceed to the next setup step and you can skip to Step 4.
If the TiVo stream finds it does need a firmware update, the TiVo App will display a no symbol next to Step 1 (a circle with line through it), and the firmware update will begin. While this is happening, be aware that:
  • This process can take up to 20 minutes.
  • We recommend that you plug your iOS device into a power source.
  • Allow the process to complete. If you interrupt it, it will begin at Step 1 the next time you go to the TiVo Stream menu in Settings.
  • This process will restart the TiVo Stream a minimum of 2 times. Do not interrupt this process.
IMPORTANT! If your TiVo Stream doesn't complete "Step 1: Checking software version" within 20 minutes, unplug the TiVo Stream and start setup again. If you still are unable to advance past "Step 1: Checking software version," contact TiVo Customer Support.
4. Once Step 1 is complete, the TiVo App will begin Step 2: Checking activation status to verify that you have activated the TiVo Stream. If the TiVo App detects that you have not activated the TiVo Stream, the setup will pause and you will need to activate your TiVo Stream online. This step can take up to 10 minutes.
5.Step 3: Linking TiVo Stream to your DVR will search for your DVR on your network and connect with it. If there is an issue, follow the onscreen instructions to resolve the issue.
6.Step 4: Testing your network for streaming will run a test on a recorded program from the DVR to make sure your network is compatible with the demands of the TiVo Stream. If something is not working correctly, follow the onscreen message. Testing the network can take between two – three minutes.
7. You are now ready to Stream! TapDone or See tutorial for more information on using your TiVo Stream.