Android TV dongles are used very conveniently to turn any standard television device to a smart TV. It gives you the ability to connect to the internet, stream your favorite content from various platforms like YouTube and Netflix, browse social media, and install thousands of apps from the Play Store. Though, there are some unique dongles that do more than that. TiVo’s new Stream 4K gadget is the next one to do so.
TiVo is most commonly known for making DVR devices. Now, they are releasing the TiVo Stream 4K. As the name implies, this little piece of hardware can stream content with the quality of up to 4K. What’s so different about it is that it has a heavy emphasis on live TV. TiVo Stream 4K comes with proprietary software, Stream+, that fires up at device launch and lets you stream live TV via the internet. It uses its own TiVo+ subscription as well as Sling TV channels to let you stream them effortlessly.
As you can see in the picture, the remote comes with all the standard buttons like channel switcher and a number pad. It also includes shortcuts to Google Assistant and Netflix apps. The dongle itself uses a microUSB port for charging, but also includes Type-C for storage expansion or direct ethernet connection. Outside of the Stream+ app, Android TV on the device includes a standard set of apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others. TiVo Stream 4K also supports 4K HDR with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.
The company is aiming to launch the device in April with the starting price of just $50. Though, after a short time, it will be priced at $69, which will be its official price.