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Need Roamio Purchase Advice

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by missingwings, May 27, 2014.

  1. missingwings

    missingwings New Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    With one exception, I need none of the additional features provided by the Roamio Plus or the Roamio Pro beyond those of the basic Roamio. However, I would like to have more than the Roamio’s “up to 75 hours of HD” storage capacity. I assume that by connecting an external hard drive to the Roamio’s “External Storage” port the storage capacity will be increased accordingly.

    Q1. What exactly constitutes a “TiVo-verified external hard drive” (e.g. would a 500-Gb Seagate USB 2.0 FreeAgent SATA Hard Drive, m/n ST305004FDA2E1-RK qualify?)

    Q2. Does the Roamio use the external drive only when the internal storage is maxed out, or does it use the external drive first, or some other scheme?

    Q3. Also, can the Roamio send its output signal to one TV from the HDMI port while simultaneously sending the same signal to a second TV via the composite output?
  2. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    First, you would be better off with waiting the 90 day warranty period and then replacing the internal hardrive with a 2TB or 3TB, Western Digital AV-GP Harddrive,
    either a
    WD20EURX - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-AV-GP-Intellipower-WD20EURX/dp/B00DXOJJQQ/
    or a
    WD30EURX - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-AV-GP-Intellipower-WD30EURX/dp/B00DXFEQGI/

    Roamio Hard Drive Upgrade Info Thread

    Only the Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander 1TB will work with a TiVo:

    The TiVo splits recordings across both HDDs once an External is connected, if the External fails you lose all recordings, best to install a larger internal HDD first.

    Never tried, I believe the answer is yes, though. NO
    The Base Roamio does not have standard Component or Composite AV jacks though, you would need to purchase the Break-Out kit from TiVo also.

  3. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    He wouldn't have to worry about voiding his warranty and to wait the 90 days for the warranty if he bought from somewhere like best buy and got the warranty through them.

    Q3's answer is no, not yes. It only has one video decoder which is used for all the outputs simultaneously. The basic Roamio only has HDMI and the small 1/8" AV jack which is composite video only. No component.
  4. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    That is odd, that the Mini supports Component via Break-out AV cables but the base Roamio does not.
    EDIT: I do now see the Mini has two separate jacks.

    Also strange that TiVo's website has an X for Component Video output on the Plus/Pro as well as the base Roamio on the Specifications.
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The Mini was released around half a year prior to the Roamio models.
  6. poppagene

    poppagene User

    Dec 29, 2001
    Yes for the basic as well as the pro and plus according to this thread: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=511825

    You will need to get an optional cable to utilize the composite output on the basic roamio.
  7. Grakthis

    Grakthis New Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    I just want to toss out there that you think, right now, you don't need the 6 tuners. And you might be right, today. But someday you might want to add minis. And as soon as you add 2 minis, you will be glad you have 6 tuners.

    Something to chew on.
  8. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    Yeah that's wrong. The Plus and Pro models have both composite and component outputs. Someone should email TiVo Margaret and get her to fix that on the TiVo website.
  9. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    I misread the original question, you and CoxinPhx are right. I was thinking he was asking if it can output a separate channel's video from each output (HDMI & composite). I could swear that's what was asked, man I must be losing it, haha! :p
  10. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

    Mar 23, 2006
    Just to promote my personal sale, I have a Roamio basic that I upgraded to 3tb last February, been in use just four months and if you buy it now, I can arrange a service transfer which will give you a no commitment monthly fee of $9.95 monthly. Pm me or check my thread in buy/sell section...... No TiVo warranty would be the only negitive thing about this one of mine, I can though throw in a breakout AV cable set if you need it, TiVo gave me a couple free.

    I just upgraded to a Pro and have two Roamio basics for sale, I needed more tuners so a couple months ago I tried running two basics instead of a plus or pro, it got too complicated so bit the bullet and just bought a Pro.
  11. missingwings

    missingwings New Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    To all (CoxInPHX, HarperVision, aaronwt, poppagene, Grakthis, tarheelblue32, eboydog),

    I only got one emailed reply notification (thanks CoxInPHX), so I didn’t realize all of you others had responded. You have all been very helpful and given me much to mull over – I appreciate everyone’s input.

    Grakthis – I probably won’t ever add a mini as our retirement home is very small, but it’s still worth considering the Plus or Pro.

    Eboydog – The Roamio purchase is still a ways off, but your offer is tempting. If you still have it in a couple months, let me know.

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