TiVo has announced TiVo Stream 4K at CES, an easy-to-use streamer with live TV and Cloud DVR from the Sling TV app, plus a number of other content services. TiVo said the service will “give consumers the power to create the bundle they want across multiple entertainment sources using a smart, intuitive interface making it simple to find, watch and enjoy”.
TiVo Stream 4K will launch with Sling TV in the US as the preferred source for subscription TV. TiVo’s features will integrate seamlessly with the Sling TV app.
TiVo Stream 4K will also provide seamless integration with multiple online video services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, YouTube and more. This eliminates the need to toggle between multiple apps to access content. Additionally, the product will feature TiVo+ as the preferred source of free, ad-sponsored television and movies.
TiVo Stream 4K includes a small device that plugs into the HDMI port of a television, delivering quality audio and video up to and including Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision HDR. Combined with a streamlined version of TiVo’s award-winning ‘peanut; remote control enabling conversational voice search, all users need is a broadband internet connection in order to start streaming – no subscription fees required.
“With TiVo Stream 4K, we have created a dramatically better experience for viewers who are tired of hunting through apps and interfaces to find the amazing content available through online content providers,” said Dave Shull, president and CEO, TiVo. “We are excited to help TV lovers and occasional viewers alike make the most of their time in front of the screen and bring together the best of the streaming and TV experiences.”
To help viewers make the increasingly difficult decision on what to watch, the Sling TV app will be available on the TiVo Stream 4K box and Sling content listings will be surfaced via universal search. Sling subscribers will be able to search for content on the TiVo Stream 4K interface – or by speaking into their Voice Remote – and a wide variety of shows offered by Sling TV will be presented alongside the free channels offered through TiVo+.
“Our subscribers are always looking for new ways to quickly find content they enjoy,” said Warren Schlichting, executive vice president and group president, Sling TV. “This strategic relationship will not only help our current subscribers rediscover TiVo, it will make it easier for new Sling subscribers to make the transition to streaming video.”
TiVo will also market TiVo Stream 4K in partnership with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to enable them to leverage TiVo Stream 4K to benefit their broadband-only subscribers. Schurz Communications is the first MVPD to commit to a co-marketing relationship with TiVo.
“Schurz is thrilled to be working with TiVo on this exciting project,” said Tom Williams, CTO, Schurz Communications. “TiVo Stream 4K will enhance the relationship Schurz has with our very important broadband-only subscribers.”
TiVo Stream 4K will be available to customers beginning April 2020 with initial launch pricing of $49.99.