When it was first introduced, the new TiVo Roamio promised remote viewing access. In the interim, customers could stream either live TV or recorded shows provided they were on the same home network. To handle live TV, TiVo actually starts recording the program and sets up a stream. Starting today, a new update for the iPhone and iPad app allows TiVo Roamio owners to watch from anywhere. In some ways take the place of a Slingbox.
Version 3.2 is now available in the App Store and here’s the changelog:
- Out of Home Streaming: Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro owners can watch live or recorded shows remotely anywhere you have Wi-Fi. Coming soon to TiVo Stream users.
- - Out of Home Downloading: Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro owners download content to enjoy anywhere so that low bandwidth or lack of a Wi-Fi connection never slows you down. Coming soon to TiVo Stream users.
- - General improvements to Stream Setup: auto-retry for streaming set-up
- - Download Manager Improvements
- - General Bug Fixing
I’ve been using TiVo streaming within my home network for a number of weeks and have been impressed with the results. The need to record a program is a bit clumsy, but with 6-tuners and a 3-terabyte drive, it doesn’t impact storage or have any affect on someone watching programming on the Roamio. When you stream to your iPhone or iPad, you basically borrow a tuner. This allows for someone to watch a television program on the Roamio and not be impacted by a family member who is streaming.
If you have a TiVo Roamio, you’ll want to download this new update from the App Store.