You won't have to wonder what happened in the latest Game of Thrones episode next time you're lounging by the poolside on vacation. Just whip out your phone and watch the battles for glory—at least if you're a TiVo subscriber.
TiVo's Android app now streams programming saved on your DVR. It also has added capabilities to serve as a hub for all your TiVo services, including controlling the TiVo box as well as showing cast information and other details about the show you're watching.
TiVo also wants its app to be an all-in-one streaming hub for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video programming. After connecting your TiVo account to the services you'll be able to stream their shows straight to your TiVo app.
The impact on you at home: This features gives TiVo a much-needed edge against cable and satellite providers that have their own proprietary DVRs and streaming services. Many of the apps from the large cable/satellite companies have limitations on what you can watch from their on-demand collection.
The TiVo app is also designed to work as a remote, handling TiVo functions as well as transferring what you're watching between your Android device and your TV and back again.
Another catch-up for Android users
The feature brings to Android what was already available in the company's iOS app. Feature parity is an ongoing issue for Android apps—even among even many of the leading apps—as Android's dominant marketshare must contend with a fragmented ecosystem and a user base that frankly isn't willing to spend as much money on apps as iOS users.