The Tivo Stream 4K, the companies first Android TV streaming device, has a foggy future. The company first hinted at abandoning the product to focus on TVs running Tivo software, but then backtracked to say they are still supporting their streaming dongle and plan to release a successor. While the future of the Tivo Stream 4K is unknown, one thing that’s certain is that the price is dropping like a rock in what appears to be a fire sale to clear out inventory.
The Tivo Stream 4K started at a retail price of $69.99 with an introductory price of $49.99. Before the introductory period could end, Tivo made $49.99 the device’s regular list price. Soon after Google released the 2020 Chromecast late last year at $49.99, which is arguably a much better device, Tivo dropped the regular price of the Tivo Stream 4K to $39.99.
Now that Walmart has released its Onn UHD Streaming Device for $29.88, which has essentially the same exact hardware as the Tivo Stream 4K, albeit, with much worse software, Tivo has put the Tivo Stream 4K on sale for $29.99. You can get it for that price at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Tivo’s own website. You can use promo code TIVO15 on Tivo’s website to take an extra 15% off, coutesy of Dave Zatz, which drops it even further to just $25.49. If you’re willing to venture out into the world, some Walmarts have it in store for as low as $19.00, according to a photo from @NashGuy73 on Twitter.
Tivo can’t be making much money selling the Tivo Stream 4K for under $30, yet alone under $25 or under $20, especially with the elaborate remote that the device comes with, which surely costs a pretty penny to manufacture. This rapid price drop feels very much like Tivo and retailers are clearing out as much stock as possible before Walmart and other manufacturers flood the market with generic sub-$30 4K Android TV boxes and dongles.
Something we know for certain is that Best Buy has fully stopped selling all Tivo products. Walmart might soon be doing the same, hence this clearance sale, but it’s not certain. Tivo did just strike a deal with Target last month for Target to start selling the Tivo Stream 4K, so it’s not like Tivo is exiting the market entirely or anything like that.
A pair of new Tivo remotes passed through the FCC last month, so these sales might just be clearing the way for a new device or, possibly, the same Tivo Stream 4K with a new cheaper remote that allows Tivo to sustain a lower price. Whatever the case may be, you can currently get a pretty great price on the Tivo Stream 4K if you’re interested. Just know that software updates might be few and far between, since the company itself has stated that it is shifting its focus away from standalone streaming devices and towards its ultimate goal of TVs with embedded Tivo software.