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OTA on Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by troasti, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. troasti

    troasti New Member

    Nov 12, 2008
    Yes ota only thanks. I have software version 20.3.8 not noticing much difference with Netflix app. Still takes forever to load interface looks same? Maybe a little snappier ? I guess the one thing I would miss with tivo is scheduling recordings remotely from phone when I am out and extending nfl recordings. Is there only certain brands of hd's you can drop into roamios to upgrade ?
  2. troasti

    troasti New Member

    Nov 12, 2008
    I just rebooted my premier and got the new netflix app. Works almost as good as roku 3. I am happier. Now if we could only get amazon prime :)
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I used to use my Roku 3 and Roku 2 boxes for Netflix alot. But now I rarely ever use them. The Roamio Netflix client is better. My Roamio and Minis are now my primary devices to watch Netflix on.
  4. troasti

    troasti New Member

    Nov 12, 2008
    OK, I got a 99$ lifetime on my premiere so I think I'm going to ebay it and buy the 4 tuner roamio and a mini (as someone suggested above). Question I see amazon has it for 150$ is there any difference buying it there vs anywhere else? Same warranty? Same monthly fee? I assume it would be 15$ plus 5$ for mini? Is that the cheapest place to get a 4 tuner? Thanks!
  5. StevesWeb

    StevesWeb Grumpy Old Geek

    Dec 26, 2008
    Geek Hill,...
    If you buy it at Amazon you'll pay less. Only difference.

    Since you are an existing customer you also have the option of $399 lifetime on the Roamio and $149 on the Mini. You end up with one less monthly bill, and you'll love this so you will be keeping it for 3 years to break even on the lifetime. It's an option.
  6. mdm08033

    mdm08033 Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    What he said. I cut the cord just over two years ago. My Verizon Fios service was impeccable but the $188 per month was killing me.
  7. Peter G

    Peter G Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    I got my Roamio Basic last week and can report on my experience so far.

    I am OTA only. I decided couple of years ago that $100+ per month for Satellite or Cable was not a good value. I started with a base Premiere with the Antenna special $9.99 per month. I figured I would try it for a while before I committed to lifetime. The unit was $99 at BB so my entry costs were low.

    I liked the concept of Tivo as a cord cutter and Netflix (via Roku) user. Saw that I could also use the Tivo for Netflix - hoped it would be my one-box solution.

    Concept was good but execution was flawed. I had trouble from day 1 with reception, even returning the first unit as defective when I could not get any reception. I had a decent off-air antenna in the attic with distribution amplifier and was getting good reception on my HD TVs on all local and several distant stations. But when I plugged the cable into the Tivo Premiere - nothing. Long story but I finally got it working by using a second, dedicated antenna, no amplifier, and 50 ft of cable for attenuation. The Premiere would not tolerate any amplifier and seemed to need the length of cable. However even after all this the reception was often spotty and some channels were un-watchable at times. Recordings were often so garbled and broken up as to be useless. Needless to say my wife was unimpressed by this "technology" and my tinkering, and begged me to sign us up for cable.

    After checking feedback on this forum, it seemed the tuners on Roamio might be improved over Premiere, so as a last ditch effort I ordered one (direct from Tivo at $175- not tax - no shipping) so I could transfer my $10 per month plan. (If I ordered from Amazon for $150, Tivo said I could not transfer service.).

    I can now say that the tuners in the Roamio function far superior to the Premiere. I was able to use the amplified signal, ditch the second antenna, and get more channels with the Roamio. With premiere I could only get the main channels with uneven reception. Premiere did not even acknowledge existence of several channels that were strong on the HD TVs. Roamio sees all the channels, even the weak ones that are not really watchable - at least they are found.

    In summary, the OTA performance of Roamio is much better and almost as good as my best results on best of the HD sets. I will continue to monitor but am optimistic that I have a workable solution. Next step will be a Mini in the bedroom.

    As for other features, Roamio seems much quicker through the menus, more responsive. In my situation it was definitely worth upgrading from Premiere to Roamio. Also has twice the storage of my first Premiere.

    Anyone want a 2 year old Premiere?

    Peter G

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