[EXPERIMENTAL] DVR server on SHIELD Tube, etc

I am currently using that adaptor and it works perfectly.

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I was able to add YTTV without any issue and it work fine, did I read the above wrong?

I was able to set this up and it works perfectly. Thank you very much for the info an guide.

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I've been running the Channels DVR Server on my Tivo Stream 4K for about 24 hours now. I've put it through some heavy recording and watching use and it has been rock solid even over wifi. I did order an ethernet/power adapter to micro usb to hardwire the connection to the network. Overall I'm very impressed.

I tried to connect the 3TB WD external drive, that I used with my MacMini Channels DVR Server setup, to the Stream 4K but it didn't recognize it so I'm still using the 1.5TB. Someday I plan to buy a new larger capacity drive. Hopefully, one of the latest new external drives will work.


@axm300c Thanks for sharing! And wow: 5 simultaneous recordings, 1 comskip, and using the client app to watch a show at the same time. Quite impressive for a little dongle.

According to https://sites.google.com/view/droid-tv/oem/sei-robotics, the AirTV Mini is also made by SEI Robotics and has the same S905Y2 chip. Although I don't think there's a USB-C or even a regular USB micro port on that one to attach storage.

I ran some tests on the FireTV Cube (1st-gen) as a DVR today and though it works, the S905Z feels very sluggish (even when just loading up the web UI). I imagine the 2nd-gen Cube with the S922 is much snappier, and probably would work quite well as a DVR. You would need a micro-usb hub or adapter to attach external storage.

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For anyone who wants to try running the DVR on FireTV Cube, soundbar or TV edition, you can now download Channels DVR Server from the Amazon Store.

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This might make my Stream usable until Tivo fixes the HDR and CEC issues (if they ever do). I refuse to connect it to my TV, but I might try replacing the computer I'm using to run the DVR now. The computer is worth a couple hundred dollars and has no other use, so the Stream might pay for itself even if I never hook it up to my TV. I already have the Chromecast ethernet adapter sitting in a drawer, so all I need is a USB C adapter to connect my external hard drive.

Two questions here:

  1. At home, I've got a Fire TV 2nd gen box with ethernet and plenty of extra available storage space. I've also got an original Android TV MiBox with external USB storage as well. Any idea how either of those might fare, and which might be better to try? Or are they even compatible?

  2. I've already got my paid Channels DVR setup installed on my Windows 10 PC, and I don't want to mess with that for now. How/ can I try the experimental DVR server install on either my Fire TV or MiBox without causing a problem for my existing setup? Can I have more than one install on the same Channels DVR account?


When I follow your link above to the Amazon website apps store and it shows me the Channels DVR Server app, it also shows the app as being "incompatible" with all my Fire TV devices -- Fire Stick 4Ks, Fire TV box 2nd gen, and misc others.

PS - When I check in the Google Play Store, the Channels DVR Server app also shows as being incompatible with the MiBox Android TV device.


I have used this ethernet hub with TiVo Stream 4k and Amazon 4K Stick with different OTG adaptors. (Ethernet is part of device, hub supports storage)

This adaptor with USB-C (for TiVo)

This adaptor with USB Micro (for Amazon)

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The old FireTV run Android 5 and are truly ancient. It's not worth the extra work required to make things run on there.

The mibox has also been very problematic and barely runs the Channels client app well. Probably not good for a dvr.

I'd recommend looking at devices built in 2019 and later if you want to experiment here.

Yes you can have test dvrs on the same account.

Downloaded the app on my android TV. Haven’t tried it yet. Would my TV have to always be on? I’m looking at ways to move my server from my computer to something else.

Good question. I'm not sure if that TV turns off completely or just goes to sleep.

I guess I can be the guinea pig. I would assume I could just plug in a USB flash drive for the storage. I know my USB ports don’t go to sleep because I tried plugging my bias lighting and it always stayed on. I’ll be trying it on a Sony 900 F. I already have a server running on my computer so do I just need to set up a second server and sync it with my TVE accounts?. I hope YouTube TV works because that is my main provider

EDIT: all I get is it showing me a network server that is active even though I shut down the computer that was running the server. I can’t get past that screen

OK, got it up and running on the Sony TV with the HD homerun. About to test if I can log into TV anywhere and then turn off the TV and it still work on my iPad or iPhone. Will report what I find. So far, so good. The only issue I’m having is trying to get the storage the point to my external flash drive rather than to internal storage.

UPDATE: we have success on a 2019 model Sony android TV!. I was able to add four sources including my HD homerun and YTTV. Everything seems to be working perfectly even when I turn off my TV and it goes into standby mode. Thank you for opening this up for us! Now, I don’t have to use my laptop anymore than my wife primarily users. And I can check on my server and TV sources from my iPad

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Everything seems to be working great. However, there is one issue with the DVR location. In the channels settings it only shows internal storage spaces. I cannot get to find the USB stick I have in the TV. The TV does recognize it. Do I need to post this somewhere else or leave it here since it is part of the experimental server discussion?

Can you click Help > Submit Diagnostics. Did you format the disk as removable or adopted?

Log sent. The TV only let me format the USB drive as FAT32 and I didn’t see any other option though.

FAT32 won't let you record more than 4GB at a time. Weirdly in the diagnostics I'm not seeing any extra storage directories like expected. Can you take some screenshots of the storage settings on the TV and email [email protected]

Email sent. I may be wrong about the FAT32 but I had already formatted the USB drive. Every time I try to add a location for DVR I don’t see any external sources, only internal

I’m just using this 8 GB Kingston flash drive to see how it works. I plan on upgrading to a larger flash drive once I know we can get shows recorded to an external flash drive