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TiVo offers native integration of YouTube TV on Stream 4K device

The TiVo Stream 4K Android TV dongle. (Photo by Matthew Keys, Graphic by The Desk)

Google’s live streaming television service YouTube TV is now fully integrated into the TiVo app on the TiVo Stream 4K device, the manufacturer’s parent company Xperi announced this week.

The integration of the YouTube TV service into TiVo’s streaming app means users of the TiVo Stream 4K are now able to take full advantage of TiVo’s enhanced program guide for live television content as well as the TiVo Stream 4K’s voice remote to find shows and movies airing across more than 80 channels carried by YouTube TV. Previously, the feature was only available to users of Dish Network’s Sling TV, which was Xperi’s live television service partner when the TiVo Stream 4K launched in 2020.

“As TiVo’s business has evolved from pioneering digital video recording to streaming products and services, our success has been grounded in understanding consumer preferences and delivering exactly what consumers want,” Ben Maughan, an executive in charge of Xperi’s streaming platforms, said in a press release. “The highly requested YouTube TV addition represents the largest content-related integration update since the launch of TiVo Stream 4K.”

Maughan said adding YouTube TV and other content partners “is a significant step to becoming a leading streaming platform in the market.”

The TiVo Stream 4K was the first standalone streaming device offered by Xperi outside of the company’s line of traditional TiVo digital video recorders (DVRs). The streamer, which was initially sold online through TiVo’s website but is now available to buy at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, retails for a price of around $40, though it frequently goes on sale throughout the year.

The TiVo Stream 4K runs a modified version of Google’s Android TV software, with the TiVo content discovery application taking center stage of the experience. Outside of the TiVo app, the dongle is just another device running Android TV; users are able to download and install Android TV applications from the Google Play Store, just as they can on other Android TV devices like the more-expensive Google with Chromecast TV.

YouTube TV offers more than 85 live channels from a handful of programming partners, including Comcast’s NBC Universal (NBC, NBC Sports, MSNBC, Bravo, USA), Paramount Global (CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon), Discovery Communications (Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, HGTV), Fox Corporation (Fox, Fox News, Fox Sports 1), the Walt Disney Company (ABC, FX, Freeform, Disney Channel), AMC Networks (AMC, BBC America, IFC) and others for $65 a month.