TiVo is making a cheap Android TV dongle with an emphasis on live TV
Android TV dongles conveniently turn any standard television into a smart TV. It gives you the ability to connect to the Internet to stream your favorite content from platforms like YouTube and Netflix, browse social media, and install thousands of apps from the Google Play Store. There are some unique dongles that do more than that, though. TiVo’s new Stream 4K dongle is one such device.
TiVo is best known for making DVRs to record live television content. However, millions of consumers around the world have cut the cord or are in the process of doing so, putting TiVo in a tough place as its core business relies on consumers sticking with cable. TiVo is attempting to win over some of the people who have cut the cord with its Stream 4K device. As the name implies, this little piece of hardware can stream content at a quality of up to 4K resolution. Unlike other makers of streaming media devices, TiVo is placing a heavy emphasis on streaming live television with their device. The TiVo Stream 4K comes with the company’s proprietary software, Stream+, that fires up at device launch and lets you stream live TV from the internet. It uses its own TiVo+ subscription as well as Sling TV channels to let you stream them effortlessly.
As you can see in the image, the remote comes with all the standard buttons such as channel switcher and a number pad. It also includes shortcuts to Google Assistant and Netflix apps. The dongle itself uses a microUSB port for charging, but also includes a Type-C port for external storage expansion or ethernet connection. Outside of the Stream+ app, Android TV on the device includes a standard set of apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others. TiVo Stream 4K also supports 4K HDR with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.
The company is aiming to launch the device in April at the starting price of just $50. However, after a short time, the price will be raised to $69, which will be its final retail price.