TiVo is set to enter the streaming stick segment with its new Stream 4K device that promises to meld live TV and streaming apps to save users from needing to switch devices quite so often. Relying on Sling TV for its live TV service and DVR features, the Stream 4K will sport popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, YouTube, and Vudu.
While it’s unusual that TiVo has partnered up with Sling TV for its DVR service, this does bring the benefit of not having to pay TiVo service fees for recording TV. There is a downside, of course, in that you’ll have to pay for a Sling TV subscription which will set you back $30-$45 monthly, which pretty much removes any savings you might have looked forward to.
Running a modified version of Android TV, the Stream 4K also includes access to TiVo Plus, TiVo’s free streaming service that includes programming from Complex, The Asylum, Cheddar, GQ, Wired, and Funny or Die.
The Stream 4K is rectangular shaped with a MicroUSB port for power and supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR, plugging into an HDMI port on your TV. Going on sale in April, the Stream 4K will initially be available for $49.99 for a limited time before moving to its $69 RRP.
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