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Premiere 4 vs Roamio: Are the UIs the Same?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by MyM3, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. MyM3

    MyM3 Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Kenmore, Wa.
    I am contemplating upgrading my 2-tuner Series4 Premiere to either a Premiere 4 or the 4-tuner Roamio. I live alone and have only 1 TV; I really just want to be able to record 4 shows at once. My cable provider is Comcast and I do not have an OTA antenna. I already have the WD eSATA external drive and I typically use around 35% capacity. I have 20.3.7 and everything is working OK but the S4's responsiveness just seems like a slug. I am hoping that the Roamio has a much faster processor than the S4 Premiere but am not sure about the Premiere 4.

    Are the UIs pretty much the same with the Roamio and Premiere 4? Is the Premiere 4 much different, if any, than my 3 year old Series4 Premiere?
  2. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Spend the little extra and get the Roamio, you won't regret it. Much, Much faster. Plus it will most likely get new Apps from the upcoming Opera app store (Premiere may also, but it will be slower to launch)

    TiVo Roamio - $149.99

    Tivo Premiere 4 - $125.99

    The Roamio UI has new colors and fonts, otherwise they are the same, except for the speed. The Roamio also has Built-In Dual-Band WiFi if that helps. The base Roamio is missing MoCA, but should not be any issue for a single TV application.

    The Premiere is supposed to get the new looking UI early next year.
  3. PedjaR

    PedjaR Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Cary, NC
    I was in similar situation (3 year old 2 tuner Premiere) and just bought Roamio, but to add to Premiere, not to replace it. Roamio is significantly faster, and not just navigating menus - I have some wishlists that return many results, and getting results in Premiere takes half a minute or longer, while Roamio does it in a second or two. UIs are almost exactly the same, assuming you use HD UI on Premiere. I would not consider 4 tuner Premiere with Roamio being available, since Roamio is better and the price is not siginificantly different (most of the price is in the subcription, which is the same). Besides speed (and that is a big one), Roamios have two more significant advantages:
    - you can just replace the original drive with a 3TB hard drive and it will just work, no need for fancy preparation; if your drive dies, again just pop in a new one and you are good to go
    - Roamios are likely to have software updates for a longer time
  4. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Just comparing boxes and your needs, the 4 tuner Roamio over an 4 tuner Premiere is a no brainer imo..

    I was shopping Roamio but I just got an unused XL4 on craigslist. It is even slower than my basic Premiere but the price with lifetime and ext warr was $200 so I went for it, since a base Roamio with lifetime and ext warr would cost me $686 w/tax.
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Yeah you got a killer deal. Most 4 tuner units with lifetime are selling for $400-$500
  6. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Yes, I was surprised the seller offered it so cheap..and he is a longtime Tivoer with many TIvos, never used this XL4.
    and then for TiVoCo to lifetime my recently bought used Premiere for $99 when I transfered the XL4 over was amazing too.
    only problem, now I'm thinking how nice a Roamio would be... but I'm holding off.

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