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My gripes about the Roamio Plus

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Bytez, May 16, 2014.

  1. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Well, I turn off suggestions and have repeating manual recordings (10min @6AM) so all of the tuners are set to my favorite channels. Unplanned reboots don't happen that often.

    At night, most or all of the tuners are busy recording stuff I have explicitly scheduled, either manually or vie an SP.
     
  2. awsnyde

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    If I understand correctly your first paragraph vs. your second, you're just using the other channels as favorites during one day, because while recording overnight the tuners will get set to the channels of your manual and SP recordings? Or are all your manual and SP recording on some small set of channels that can fit into the number of tuners you have (yikes, I'd need something like at least 20 tuners for that to work!)?

    I'm like you, I turn off suggestions (don't tell me what to watch! :p ), but I think the majority or even vast majority of TiVo users leave them on. Plus I think the original question wanted to use the other channels as favorites over multiple days.
     
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Yes, every night they get used and end up on other channels. Then the next morning at 6AM, they are set back to my favorites. I have one repeating manual recording for each tuner that is set to run every day.
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    As far as sounds, the OP is on FIOS, so all content is in Dolby Digital. You don't get any TiVo sounds when there is DD audio. So the only time you encounter the sounds is when viewing an SD menu.

    Although now that I think about it, I guess there might be sounds if you don't use the preview window. I use the preview window on FIOS. All I do for sounds it put it on low since I do want to hear them when they are available. IF for some reason I am watching a show and I am able to hear the TiVo sounds, it means the box is outputting PCM instead of DD for some reason. I have had this occur a couple of times with the Roamio.
     
  5. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    random thought, but I have two Premieres lifetimed that I have had since those launched. So, 4 years? I wonder when the next Tivo will come out. I don't feel the need to upgrade to a Roamio for how I use my Tivos. But I wonder if they'll last 4 more years.
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Why wouldn't they?
     
  7. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    because one of them seems slower than the other, and many recordings are starting to glitch on me.
     
  8. lpwcomp

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    So replace the disk drive(s).
     
  9. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    there's no way to know that that's the issue. And that can be a major hassle, it's not just pulling out and popping one in.
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    It is the most likely cause.

    Having done it numerous times, I know very well exactly what is involved. It may be a bit tedious, but is far from a "major hassle".
     
  11. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    pretty sure it also voids any hope for Tivo helping you with servicing, no?
     
  12. lpwcomp

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    Since the units are way out of warranty, why is that even a consideration?
     
  13. mrsean

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    Yeah. Maybe the Roamio is a tad slower at channel surfing as compared to the Motorola 7216, but it is a huge improvement over the Premiere. Why would you expect a Roamio to be faster on Verizon than a box that was specifically built only for use with FIOS?

    Tivo DOES gives the user more flexibility and options compared to the 7216. Too bad you are too preoccupied with looking for shortcoming to appreciate them.

    Guys, let's post the deficiencies of the Motorola 7216. I guarantee you OP, we could easily past 9. Here, I'll start:

    1. No wishlist capability.
    2. No way to switch between live buffers
    3. Horrible interface to access recorded shows
    4. No way to download shows to a PC
    5. Reliability issues. My friend has gone through 3 boxes in 2 years.
    6. No Netflix

    Look, I'm almost up to 9 just by myself. Keep it going guys...
     
  14. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    If I needed anything other than that fixed, I'm pretty sure they'd refuse to touch it.
     
  15. aaronwt

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    Do you have the TiVo set for one resolution output? That is the only way to compare apples to apples with the FiOS box. Since if the TiVo is set for multiple resolutions, it will make channel changing slower. But this has always been the case with HDMI connections.
     
  16. lpwcomp

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    All opening the box does is void the warranty. Usually not even that. It has absolutely no effect on whether or not they (or weaKnees) would be willing to make repairs that you have to pay for.
     
  17. davidjplatt

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    I had one of the Cisco DVRs on FiOS with a Cisco STB and Multi-Room enabled. There was a bug in the FiOS software where deleting items from the external SATA drive would leave the programs in the playlist with no way to remove them. if you selected them you would get an error - but the software never cleaned up the playlist and Verizon knew about the issue. They hadn't fixed it in over 18 months.

    When the 18 month free period ran out on the FiOS DVR and they wanted $43/month for a DVR and 2 STBs with only two tuners that recorded I replaced them with a TiVo Roamio Pro with 2 Minis. Since I got lifetime with all of the TiVo hardware, it costs me $5 a month instead of $43 - with 6 tuners and a box that never has issues.

    And on my Cisco DVR it could take 2 minutes for a menu to come up or for the guide to come up when I hit the button on the remote. The FiOS hardware isn't that great to begin with.
     

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