TiVo users love the convenience of being able to record their favorite shows and movies, and then either watch those programs on their television sets or stream them to their iOS devices. However, for as long as the TiVo app has been available to iPhone and iPad owners, the company has blocked Apple’s AirPlay mirroring feature. That has kept TiVo hardware owners from being able to stream their content to an Apple TV. That problem has finally come to an end for many TiVo set top hardware owners.
An update with a long-awaited feature
With the latest update to the TiVo app, owners of certain hardware can now toggle on AirPlay on their iOS devices to stream content to an Apple TV. The feature works with TiVo Roamio or TiVo Premiere DVR hardware, including the TiVo Roamio Pro, TiVo Roamio Plus, TiVo Roamio with TiVo Stream, and TiVo Premiere with TiVo Stream. It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to use AirPlay mirroring to send your TiVo content to a friend’s Apple TV.
Why do we need AirPlay mirroring?
Some users might already be streaming from their TiVo to a connected TV, and wonder why there has been such a fuss over AirPlay mirroring. The reason is that many TiVo hardware owners want to stream their content to multiple screens in their home, even televisions that aren’t connected to the set top box. With the new update, content can be streamed to any screen in the home that has an Apple TV attached to it, providing a level of convenience that was absent before.
Good news, indeed
The update to the TiVo app also brings bug fixes, but beware of trying the app on the iOS 9 Public Beta. It’s not supported. Still, the final arrival of AirPlay mirroring to TiVo is great news, and it’s about time the company began offering more robust support to its loyal customers. Now TiVo just needs to offer the ability to stream to someone else’s Apple TV when you’re visiting a friend or relative’s house.
TiVo is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 7 or later. The app is free to download on the App Store, but does require you to own supported TiVo hardware in order to use it.