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How reliable are the Elite boxes?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by gweempose, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. johnmsch

    johnmsch Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Marietta, GA
    Just bought an Elite on Friday and am very happy so far. Also, the iPad app kicks butt! The amount of work they did on that App is incredible!

    I had moved my old Series 2 to the bedroom, but the fans (main fan and twin breeze for the second internal hard drive) are just too noisy. Just ordered the replacement fans for them, but if that doesn't quiet it down, I may just have to retire that old unit. Its been rock solid since 2004, but the more I get used to the Elite, that old one is beginning to look like a dinosaur!
  2. Number528

    Number528 Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    I'm also a happy user with no bad things to report. FiOS with no TA.

    Can you just put month-to-month on the Elite and if it works, switch to Lifetime?
  3. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    Thanks for all the great information, guys! I think I'm going to head over to Abt today and pick up an Elite. I just have one last question. Will I be able to take advantage of the discounted MSD price of $400 if I buy the unit from Abt? I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, but I'm not really up to date on TiVo's current policies.
  4. minimeh

    minimeh Vanity Phrase Here

    Jun 20, 2011
    The answer is indeed yes. That's exactly what I have done.
  5. Mr. E

    Mr. E New Member

    May 18, 2008
    I've had an Elite on Cox running for a month or so and it's been working great, including the tuning adapter.
  6. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    Well, I went ahead and picked up an Elite from Abt today. The cablecard pairing went smoothly, and I believe I am receiving all of the channesl I subscribe to. All of the online services are working as well, such as Hulu, Netflix, etc ...

    The only problem I am having at this point is with MRV. It works with some of my boxes, but not with others. There doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason as to which boxes don't work:

    Premiere #1 - YES
    Premiere #2 - NO
    S3 #1 - YES
    S3 #2 - NO
    THD - NO

    I'm hoping this is something that will work itself out over the next few days, but I am a little worried.
  7. rifleman69

    rifleman69 Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    My Elite box works just fine on Frontier FiOS, same with my Premiere.
  8. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Sometimes it can take a day or so. Or you can have the 'No's' force a connection or two to get the authorization to share.
  9. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    Thanks! I completely forgot that they sometimes have to contact the mothership to get the authorizations. I had rebooted them all, but not forced a connection. They are all working as they should now. I can finally watch the HBO shows that I have recorded in the basement upstairs in the family room. Gotta love streaming!
  10. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

    May 2, 2005
    My Elite is about 6 weeks old and I have had about 2 or 3 reboots while doing something, which is not too bad since I have never had a recording interrupted.

    However, I think a lot of people are hoping for some stabilization with the new spring update. That seems to be the pattern in the past generations.
  11. pL86

    pL86 Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    New York City
    I'm personally not a fan of the substitution of a second digital tuner in place of the OTA tuner since I prefer to record the OTA signal and the negative experiences some Elite buyers are having has made me even more wary. It may be a small minority of folks who are having these problems but it would stink to buy it and find I'm in that group. There are times when being able to record more than two channels would be useful but I'm always able to finesse the situation now with my Tivo HD given that so many programs repeat soon after airing. For me, the Elite's compelling feature was the 2tb hard drive but I can order a Premiere outfitted with a 2tb drive from Weaknees for the same price as the Elite. I don't get the 4 tuners and THX certification - no big deal for the latter - but I get the OTA tuner back as well as the large drive. It seems like the consensus is the Premiere is less finicky with cable signals than the Elite although apparently its OTA tuner is not as good as the Tivo HD. Win some, lose some.
  12. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Mine's a couple of months old and it does exactly what I wanted it to. Records four things at once. I was a little worried there might be a lot of glitches, but it records them the same as my S3 did. Works great.
  13. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I've only had mine for a short time, but so far so good. I keep on expecting to wake up any day now and have half of my channels gone. :)

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