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My Personal Observations

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by RusRus, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Nov 2, 2013 #1 of 27
    RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    Some observations about the Roamio basic.

    The picture on my HD DVR is much crisper; clearer than the Roamio.

    The OTA signal strength is much greater than the Roamio.

    Shows transferred from the Roamio to my computer are not compatible with my HD DVR. When I try to transfer a program (that came from my Roamio) from my computer to my HD DVR I get a message that the recording is in HD and my HD DVR isn’t.. A red circle with a / through it appears to the left of the program.

    But my main complaint about the Roamio is the soft, almost fuzzy, appearance whereas the HD DVR’s picture is sharp and crisp.
     
  2. Nov 2, 2013 #2 of 27
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Are you sure your output resolution settings are correct?
     
  3. Nov 2, 2013 #3 of 27
    RusRus

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    I've never been able to distinguish between 1080i and 720p as for picture quality.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2013 #4 of 27
    leiff

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    What dvr are you comparing roamio to?
     
  5. Nov 2, 2013 #5 of 27
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Files transferred to a PC from a Roamio are encrypted. You have to decrypt them using something like DirectShow Dump or tivodecode for them to be compatible with other devices.

    As for the quality difference have you checked the settings on your TV? Most TVs have independent settings for each input. So you may have the input for your HD DVR calibrated and the one for your TiVo isn't.
     
  6. Nov 2, 2013 #6 of 27
    NJguy

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    When I got my Roamio Plus with Cablevision I had a Samsung DVR box and the RP hooked up to the same TV and didn't notice a change at all with the signal. I did, however, notice a big change with recorded shows. They were much better looking on the Roamio. With Cablevisions new "Record 10 shows at once" solution they keep everything on their servers so recordings are pixilated when playing back....and I have the Optimum 101 service which is the fastest service you can get.

    So, I've been thrilled with my Roamio Plus as compared to Cablevisions Cloud DVR service. Not to mention RW, FF, Pause didn't happen until about 3 seconds after you pressed the corresponding button...and you could not rewind live tv! Yuck.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2013 #7 of 27
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yeah, but maybe the Roamio is set to output 480i/p instead. As others have asked, have you checked it on the Roamio?
     
  8. Nov 2, 2013 #8 of 27
    RusRus

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    Yes. It is showing HD but not quite as good as my HD DVR. The signal may be degraded when split off to four tuners instead of just two. Might also explain the lower input signal strength.

    Any experts out there???
     
  9. Nov 2, 2013 #9 of 27
    Tico

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    It's a digital signal. It won't degrade when split.
     
  10. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    The TiVo is taking the digital signal as transmitted by your cable provider and/or the over-the-air broadcaster and storing it exactly as they transmit it. If you are seeing variability between the TiVo and another receiver, that's more than likely a configuration issue with your setup, not with the TiVo.
     
  11. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

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    By "HD DVR" do you mean a TiVo HD or something else?
     
  12. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    Tivo HD
     
  13. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Aren't there other settings for picture quality also. Something about sharpness. (not near my TiVo so can't check.) No matter, check all settings under video.
     
  14. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    I'm pretty sure that setting only affects analog channels. That option isn't even in the TiVo Roamio Pro, at least that I can find.

    What I'd recommend is going to Settings & Messages -> Settings -> Video -> Video Output Format, and make sure the resolution selected is appropriate for your TV.
     
  15. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    Been there. Done that.

    Thanks to all responders but I've decided to go back to my Tivo HD and return the Roamio.
     
  16. leiff

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    When i upgraded my s3 to a s4 xl4 i noticed a better looking picture. Similarity i observe improvements coming from xl4 to roamio basic. I especially notice on fast moving images a more pleasing picture. Seems to have a better framerate. This is when sending a 1080i signal from a 1080i broadcast show to a 1080p TV. I still have mY xl4 hooked up so ive been doing critical compare viewing.
     
  17. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    One thing I didn't see mentioned...

    Swap the DVR outputs going into the TV. Put the Roamio output on the input that the Tivo HD was using and vice-versa.
    See if your situation reverses.
     
  18. rainwater

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    No way there is a difference in the output of the TiVo HD and Roamio that you could perceive. Even if you were using both DVRs with a fixed output (720p or 1080i), the scalars in the two are not that much different (other than the Roamio can output to 1080p). Most likely you didn't use the same input and your inputs have different video settings. Most modern tvs don't use the same video settings for all inputs anymore.
     
  19. SullyND

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    Do you have the Roamio hooked up via HDMI?
     
  20. davezatz

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    Yeah, there's more to this story... running the SDUI? bad cable or connected in some other manner? different input settings as mentioned above?
     

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