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Help me choose a new old TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by murgatroyd, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    After talking to TiVo Customer service this morning, I'm really tempted to get the $49 Premiere, transfer my current service to it, and take the $99 Lifetime deal on the TiVoHD.

    Transferring my current service to the Premiere would keep the TiVo Service fee the same.

    If I use the Premiere OTA, I'd have two more tuners for the Thursday night logjam, and I wouldn't have to mess with re-pairing the current cable card, or adding any cable card fees.

    Of course that would depend on whether or not they'd give me the $99 Lifetime deal for a Premiere and not a Roamio. But if I could keep our monthly costs the same, it would help the SAF (spouse acceptance factor).

    I really appreciate the advice everybody has given about the Roamio, though. Talking about getting a Roamio and upgrading it has suddenly made upgrading the computer a lot more appealing. ;)

    The $49 Premiere deal wouldn't be as nice as getting a Roamio, but it would get me back to the 4 tuners we had before Comcast went all digital.

    The alternative would be to get one of the stupid Comcast DTAs and watch (ick phtooie) Live TV on the nights where we have conflicts that call for more than two tuners.
     
  2. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    So I ended up not getting a new TiVo. I'm toughing it out recording the Olympics with the TiVoHD, supplementing with an old OTA converter box for overflow days.

    One thing I'd like to know, however, because I'll want to know before 2016 rolls around. See this thread?

    TiVo with old Sony Trinitron SD

    Does the Roamio not have an SD interface?

    Did I not say in the OP that I only had an SD TV, and one of the things I was concerned about was being able to use the newer TiVos with my old TV?

    If we have to upgrade the TV before I get a Roamio, I really need to know. Because I can see what the HD menus look like on my TV now if I stumble into the TiVo Search screens, and I'm not putting up with that.

    And if the guys posting in that other thread are wrong, and there is a way to tell the Roamio to put out its menus in SD, it would be great if someone could go over to that thread and tell the OP how to do it.
     
  3. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Yes, the Roamio still has a composite output. IIRC, the LOWEST end model (the one that works with OTA _OR_ cable) requires an extra breakout cable.. but I may be wrong.. check it out for
    yourself.

    The Roamio plus, which I have, definitely has composite out too.. I have it connected to my XS32 recorder (though admittedly I have to try a separate composite cable at some point.. I was getting flaky video.. I had to wiggle it once in a while.. and nowadays am usually just streaming things to the Premiere 4 sitting right underneath it!)
     

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