TiVo adds downloading, streaming shows to iOS devices

Software update means users with a Roamio DVR can stream or download their saved content to an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

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TiVo's latest DVR line, the Roamio, is now a little more functional for mobile users.

The company announced on Thursday that Roamio Pro and Roamio Plus owners can now stream and download their live television and recorded programming to iOS-based devices. The feature works whether they're home or away, but requires a Wi-Fi connection.

TiVo's offering is available to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch owners running iOS 5.1 or higher. The streaming is available only to one device at a time, according to TiVo.

In addition, TiVo said some copyrighted content might not be available to download or stream to iOS devices, and not all content can be streamed when you way from your local network. In other words, there are several limitations in place that might make this feature a little less user-friendly than TiVo would have you believe.

The new feature is not available on the Roamio base model out of the box. Owners of that device will need to buy the TiVo Stream accessory to get the feature up and running.

TiVo plans to make an Android app and support for streaming over LTE available next year.

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