TiVo Primes Its Video Pump

TiVo has followed through with the launch of a new Amazon Instant app for TiVo Roamio and TiVo Mini devices that also extends access to the massive Amazon Prime Instant Video library.

So, in addition to the Amazon Instant fare, TiVo adds streaming access to originals such as Alpha House and Transparent, select original series from HBO, and other titles that are part of the $99-per-year Prime subscription service. Titles will stream up to 1080p resolution, TiVo said.

In October, TiVo started to offer access to the Walmart-owned VUDU streaming service as part of rolling update that also was to include the new version of the Amazon instant Video app. TiVo noted at the time that apps for Vudu and the Amazon Prime enhancements would also become available to earlier-generation Premiere boxes sometime in 2015. 

In the meantime, the legacy Amazon app will continue to be available to the TiVo Premiere, Premiere XL, Premiere 4, Premiere XL4, Premiere Q, and Preview platforms, as well as Series2 and Series3 DVRs, TiVo said Thursday in this blog post.

With the enhanced app, TiVo is expanding a commitment to a streaming service that appears to be gaining in popularity. According to a new report from Sandvine issued Thursday (November 20), Amazon Video has seen its share of usage on fixed broadband networks in North American during peak periods more than double in the past 18 months.