TiVo, best known for their big TV DVR boxes, is now getting into the streaming media device business. It has just launched the TiVo Stream 4K, a dongle powered by Android TV. Best of all, this device is going on sale for just $49.99, but only temporarily. That price will go up to $69.99 after May 27.
The TiVo Stream 4K, which was first announced at CES 2020, has all the standard Android TV features you’ve come to expect. You can download and stream content from thousands of services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus. You can also download other Android TV apps via the Google Play Store. The device supports streaming at up to 4K UHD resolution, as well as Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. It has 8GB of onboard storage and 2GB of RAM.
The device comes with a remote that supports Google Assistant, which means you can use voice commands to search for movies and TV shows without having to switch between multiple streaming apps and services. It also integrates live TV with Sling TV. There’s a seven day free trial for that feature, but after that’s over, you will have to pay extra to keep using Sling TV. TiVo Stream 4K also includes TiVo Plus, which offers live streaming TV along with access to thousands of on-demand movies and TV series. The UI is designed to offer recommendations for watching more content based on your previous history.
Overall, the TiVo Stream 4K is clearly designed to compete with similar products like the Roku Streaming Stick Plus and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. However, it’s not quite as versatile as the more expensive Android TV-based Nvidia Shield TV device, which can be connected to the company’s GeForce Now PC game streaming service.
Again, this introductory price of $49.99 only lasts for a few weeks so you might want to jump on getting the TiVo Stream 4K now.