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Description of App

To use this app you must have a Tivo box and a current subscription. The free TiVo App for iOS is the ultimate entertainment app serving up control, discovery and a mobile place for viewing. Watch live or recorded TV via your TiVo, find shows and schedule recordings and browse content via the guide, by genre or category, explore the cast and crew, and even see where the content is available whether it be through cable TV, Netflix, Hulu PlusTM, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, through VOD in certain markets and more. “What to Watch Now” combines real-time viewing data, recommendations and personal preferences to create a custom dashboard presenting the exact content you want most every time you sit down to watch TV. Categories include: Popular on TV, Sports on Now, Powered by Thuuz, Movies on TV, Kids, Favorite Channels and Viewer’s recorded TV. TiVo Roamio Plus and TiVo Roamio Pro users can seamlessly stream live or recorded programming to their iOS devices from anywhere there is a WiFi signal. Download recordings while at home or away via WiFi or cellular to watch when you have no connection. TiVo Stream users can stream live or recorded content to iOS devices within their home network and download shows to go. Features of the TiVo app (some features are only available to TiVo Premiere or TiVo Roamio DVR customers): > Out-of-home & in-home streaming: watch your live or recorded shows remotely anywhere you have Wi-Fi > Out-of-home and in-home downloading: download your content to enjoy anywhere so that low bandwidth or lack of a Wi-Fi connection never slows you down > What to Watch Now: no matter where you are, TiVo’s second screen dashboard provides instantaneous personalized recommendations the second you pull up your TiVo app > Remote scheduling: browse and view the programming guide, manage recordings, check your To-Do List or set a Season Pass® any time – no matter where you are > Mobile Search & discovery: figure out what’s on whether you’re in the office or a hotel and enjoy the same browsing tools you have with your TiVo at home (including the TiVo editorial Collections and show, cast and actor information) > Use a TiVo remote control replica or our intuitive, gesture-based remote control > Search across TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video & Hulu Plus – and get integrated results on what you’re looking for > Explore cast and crew while watching a show > And much more Having troubles finding or connecting to your TiVo DVR? Try one or more of these steps: * Restart your network router by unplugging it, waiting 30 seconds, and plugging it back in * Restart your TiVo DVR by following the instructions in the TiVo menus under Settings & Messages > Help > Restart or Reset System > Restart the TiVo Box * Go to support.tivo.com/ipad or support.tivo.com/iphone for more troubleshooting tips ...More TiVo Inc. Web SiteTiVo Support What's New in Version 3.2.2 Stability enhancements. ScreenshotsiPhone iPad iPhone Screenshot 1iPhone Screenshot 2iPhone Screenshot 3iPhone Screenshot 4iPhone Screenshot 5



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Apple Watch Support

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Accessibility Comments

The Tivo app is almost 100% accessible. VoiceOver works with all of the important things you want to do such as set programs to record, launch shows on your TV from the App, VoiceOver reads your entire recording history, to do list, and season pass manager. All of this works on Tivo Premiere boxes and newer. Additionally if you want to be able to stream content to your iPhone, you can get the Tivo Stream, and VoiceOver works with the stream as well.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments

The only part of the app that isn't accessible with VoiceOver is getting suggestions to shows that are currently playing, but you can browse and search shows.

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2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by blindgator 7 years 2 months ago



Submitted by Raul on Sunday, January 5, 2014

Will this work with other TiVo providers? Here in Spain we have Ono, which offers the Cisco TiVo, will it work with it?

Submitted by Roj on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I am using the TiVo app with a TiVo Roamio Plus and it is working very well for me. I am still learning my way around, but it is great to be able to program and access a DVR independently.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finally! I don't have a TVo subscription anymore, but yeahI'm excited to be able to access this if I decide to get one one day when I'm by myself.

It's grate to see devs developing accessible apps for the hard ware controllers out there for this wonderful service. Let's hope they continue to do so in the future.

Submitted by Khronos on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have the latest version of the app and I can not seem to figure how to acces the sliders for changing the start and end times for a show that I wish to schedule.
Any ideas?


Submitted by Brent on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I am wondering if the app lets you turn the video description/audio language setting without sight? If I should decide to go with the Roamio Plus or pro, will streaming to the iDevice function if the Tivo is used with Time Warner Cable? I heard some rumors that TWC locked things down to where you may not be able to, but I'm not sure what to believe. I wanted to play shows through the iDevice because it'd be easier to get the audio to my speaker dock than stringing wire around the room, and I would like a DVR I could mostly manage, where playing shows on TWC's might be difficult, and they charge more monthly than Tivo does.

@Khronos-sorry for the late reply. The "picker item" bug that showed up after an update was fixed in an update about 4 wks after I explained to CS and then to the devs what that problem was. Currently, all of those recording options are available.
@Brent-I can't say exactly how TiVo works with TW cable, but I have a Romeo+ and am currently unable to stream audio-description. It works great for streaming, just not the AD track. The app is very useful, though, and I have been told that the devs are working on a way to provide the description in the future.

Submitted by Jared on Saturday, February 21, 2015

As of virsion 3.5 watching shows in the iPhone is completely accessible. The skip back and forward buttuns used to not be announced by voiceover so you had to tap where you thought they were. THis is now fixed.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I have been wanting to add Charter Cable TV to my home but when I asked them about a month ago whether or not the Tivo worked with their system they said no, that I had to use their box only. Previous to that conversation, I had read online that the Tivo did work with Charter but I had to ask for the card that went into the Charter box. Any suggestions appreciated.

Submitted by Roj on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I am using TiVo with Charter. To use with TiVo, you do need Charter's "cable card" and a "tuning adapter." It was a challenge, at first, to get the TiVo and cable card paired up, but after some trial and error, they finally paired and have been working well since.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Monday, May 11, 2015

Hello Roj:

Thanks for your response. They told me that they didn't give out the cards anymore, only their boxes. I guess they don't get my business. I'm now anxiously waiting for WWDC in June to see what AppleTV will be releasing for their new service.

Submitted by Roj on Monday, May 18, 2015

After selecting description on my phone for Daredevil from Netflix, when I played it on my TiVo, the description played w/o having to turn it on again. I then tried selecting a different described show directly through TiVo and the AD played.

Submitted by M-MButterfly on Monday, November 2, 2015

For years, I used a big square TIVO box by sound only—one bong 2 bongs ETC.…
in order to have somewhat of a DVR experience.
However I left TIVO over a year ago; and went to Xfinity Comcast and am now using all of their accessible features with voice.

I’m moving and Comcast is no longer an option in middle America-- I had no idea; and I’ll have to use Cox cable if I’d like such services. And once again I am thinking TIVO is the solution to my accessibility dilemma.
Is anyone using it regularly, and does anyone have any tips or suggestions for me about which model to purchase that will work best with the APP for accessibility ETC.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions!

Submitted by Roj on Monday, November 2, 2015

I use my TiVo Romeo Plus every day. The app on my iPhone makes it possible for me to schedule and access programs without even turning on my TV screen and just listening through my stereo. There are some occasional quirks with the app that sometimes come up; but, often, there are ways to work around these or, for one app problem, I had to spend some time on the phone with customer service to explain the issue and wait a couple of wks. while the app. devs. fixed it in an update-don't get me wrong, the app. and box were still mostly usable, there was just one flaw when it came to a programming detail. This is my first TiVo experience and I have been using my Romeo Plus successfully for almost 2 years-I can't imagine not having it at this point. I did need sighted assistance initially setting up and preparing the box-such as selecting "Spanish" language in order to receive DVS, but I don't think I've needed similar assistance since.

Sorry to be so long in my praise, if you have any other questions about some TiVo details, send me a message and I will get back to you.

Submitted by Travis Roth on Friday, January 22, 2016

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Hi, Is it possible to get audio description to play using the iOS app? Or a sequence on the remote?

Submitted by Roj on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I don't know of a way to turn on description through the app. The friend who helped me with initial hook-up selected the alternate language through the on-screen (inaccessible) menus. Unfortunately, this means there is occasionally some unwanted alternate language, but this isn't a frequent issue. Also, if streaming a show on an IOS device, recorded with AD, the description track is not played through IOS device, only the normal audio.

Submitted by Roj on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The most current TiVo app update seems to work well with IOS 10.2 and a recent update to the main TiVo box added a screen reader as an audio setting option. They also added a shortcut by enabling you to press the "A" button on the remote for 2-3 seconds to be able to toggle screen reader on/off. It seems to work well with most menus, but doesn't work well with 3rd party options such as Netflix and Pandora etc. Overall, some things are now easier through the main unit and some things are easier with the IOS app. and Netflix needs to be started via it's own app and then sent to the TiVo but it is great to have so many ways to find what you're looking for.

Submitted by JeffB on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I have Tevo but my parents have forgotten the log in so I can't access the app. Does the screen reader work with out the app and how could someone turn that on? I do not think our remotes have that button mentioned. Also do you know of a way to reset Tevo passwords?

Submitted by Roj on Thursday, December 22, 2016

In reply to by JeffB

I am not sure about resetting the password but the screen reader is usable independent of the app. On my remote, the "A" button is right below the "jump back 8 seconds" button and just above the "1" button in a line of 4 buttons. The CS line should be able to help with a password reset; their # is 1-877-for-tivo.

Submitted by Roj on Thursday, December 22, 2016

In reply to by Roj

I am currently using a TiVo from the Romeo series. I am not sure if the screen reader will be on the older models but it should be on the Romeo and newer boxes.

Submitted by JeffB on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thanks I'll give it a shot!