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Published on January 24th, 2019 | by Brad Gibson


Upcoming TiVo app for tvOS to support 720p at only 30 frames per second streaming

TiVo’s soon-to-be-released Apple TV app will limit streaming to 720p at 30 frames per second and won’t support native MPEG-2 broadcasts, a company spokesman has confirmed.

In an interview with TechHive, Ted Malone, TiVo’s vice president of consumer products and services, acknowledged a 60 frames per second rate will not be possible, as in the company’s standalone and separate $180 TiVo Mini device which also supports 4K resolutions and MPEG-2. That means users will not see smooth motion sports programming or broadcasts in their native MPEG-2 format.

“I want 720p 60 (fps)” Malone said. “I’ve done some internal demos proving that 720p 60 [fps] is actually noticeably better than 720p 30 (fps). It’s really a battle for resources and just getting it done.”

Malone said the TiVo hardware can technically support higher-quality streams, but not without scaling back other capabilities, such as streaming to TiVo Mini boxes.

TiVo announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month that it would launch apps for various streaming devices, including Apple TV, later this year that will let users watch live or recorded over-the-air and cable programming through a TiVo Bolt without needing to buy separate TiVo Mini devices for each television.

BESTAppleTV also reported then that this capability would also include watching content on a Bolt outside of the home, say in a remote hotel room, via an Apple TV, but that the app would also not support 5.1 surround sound audio output or the ability to jump over commercials with a skip mode.

“Even with Roku and Apple and Fire TV, the Mini still is a better multi-room solution if you want the same remote, the same performance, the same video quality,” he said.



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