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Rate your satisfaction with the TiVo Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by jmpage2, Sep 10, 2013.

Rate your satisfaction with the Roamio 1-5 (5 is highest)

  1. 5 - Roamio is outstanding!

    147 vote(s)
  2. 4 - Roamio is a very good DVR!

    69 vote(s)
  3. 3 - Roamio is "okay"

    6 vote(s)
  4. 2 - Roamio is not meeting expectations

    7 vote(s)
  5. 1 - Roamio is terrible

    4 vote(s)
  1. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    The one star ratings on Amazon are pretty lame. One guy wanted a digital video recorder that (the best I can tell) recorded from something other than a cable/OTA coax line and of course he didn't want any service costs.
  2. buckweet1980

    buckweet1980 Member

    Sep 17, 2013

    I like you am in the same situation.. I have FIOS DVR now after testing out the Roamio it makes me feel like nothing has changed since I used the DirecTV Tivo years ago. I bought the Roamio with hopes it'd blow me away. The only thing it's done is empty my pockets and left me dis-satisfied.

    The Amazon Instant video app is a joke, the part SD and partial HD menus is a joke too. I like the guide better in the FIOS DVR too.

    The reason I wanted to go Tivo is to get rid of set top box fees by using the mini's in the other rooms. I'm thinking now I might just check out the DTV Genie or wait until VZ finally decides to release their home media server device. The ROI on the Tivo solution is 2+yrs, so it's a case of pay now or pay then. Either way I think I'm returning my Roamio for now.

    I will say the speed of the device is amazing and it has great picture quality. I love the 6 tuners, look of the box, etc.. If they'd only fix the UI, increase apps, bring DLNA, update the guide to 2013 then it'd be an awesome box I think. They have 6 months of solid development ahead of them, but with history of Tivo will that even happen?
  3. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    Did you try both guide types: Grid Guide & TiVo Live Guide? I am a big fan of the TiVo Live Guide.
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I always thought the Grid guide was terrible. I love the TiVo Live Guide.
  5. JesseBearden

    JesseBearden New Member

    Oct 12, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I'm with holding my vote until there's an update. Right now I live in Seattle and I'm struck with the bug where some(many) of my recordings don't work and I can't play them. That's a pretty huge issue for a DVR.

    Also, my first unit never quite worked until I got a replacement.

    Also, I have had Amazon download issues.

    Overall I really want to like it, but thus far I've had nothing but issues. I should probably just plug my TivoHD back in for a while or return the Roamio for the time being.

    I have confidence that these issues will be resolved, but for now it's not been great for me.
  6. Devx

    Devx New Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    With that many issues, the initial start of the fall season upon us, and the uncertainty around the release date for the update, it makes sense to return the Roamio and go back to the HD for now. Especially if the Roamio is the only DVR that you're using.
  7. buckweet1980

    buckweet1980 Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Yeah I checked this out too.. Not a fan of it. When I browse through the guide I like to see what is on and coming on in half hour or so, but with live guide you have to go to the channel to get the list.
  8. yokito

    yokito New Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    New Hampshire
    There's also *What's on now* - have you seen that?
  9. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    One other option you might not have encountered yet is the Mini-Guide - just hit Select while in live tv. Gives you a 3 line grid guide superimposed over the live-tv. Not a substitute for a full guide, but may be handy for you at times.
  10. fdisker2000

    fdisker2000 New Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    JBLM, WA
    Same here. I loved my new Roamio until the new fall shows started. Now I'm stuck with recording the effected channels on my Premiere in another room and MRVing them on my Roamio or recording them in SD.
  11. inc77

    inc77 New Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    Loving mine so far.

    Some of my little annoyances:

    1 - No stop button (yes I do wish it had one - because my wife keeps asking me)
    2 - Some of the UI
    3 - Not necessarily Tivo's fault but that Amazon App needs an upgrade desperately
  12. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Try the new back button on the remote
  13. swerver

    swerver Member

    May 18, 2012
    I feel like there's too much clicking with the live guide. The grid gives you way more info per click. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?
  14. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I think it really depends on how/why you are using the guide. This time of year, I think many of us are in the guide more than other times, but the real answer is to learn how to avoid the guide as much as possible.

    Between wish lists and suggestions it is possible to avoid the guide most of the time. Because I am OTA only and don't have that many channels it isn't as big a deal as it is for someone with 100+ cable channels, but "watching" the guide with 100+ channels can become a full time occupation.

    Another part of this is being willing to give up live TV, once you are watching nearly 100% from what is being recorded and you find way more TV than you can ever possible watch looking at the guide becomes less and less useful.

    Good luck,
  15. wco81

    wco81 Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    San Jose, CA
    I'd go with outstanding if they deliver the outside streaming as promised and it works well.

    That would be a terrific feature and they should have a Mac client too.
  16. JasonD

    JasonD New Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    San Diego
    I voted outstanding, but I really, really, want outside streaming. And they need to add HBO Go also.
  17. jmpage2

    jmpage2 Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    From the early beta reports of Engadget and others the remote streaming quality is quite a few notches below what is possible with solutions like Slingbox, so it's probably better that they wait and get it right before they piss everybody off.
  18. Devx

    Devx New Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    On some of the reviews it was difficult to tell but some alluded to the stream possibly needing too much bandwidth from their home connection and public wi-fi. Tivo really has to get the quality adjustment right. Personally, I'd be ok if they offered multiple settings to suit the connection as a first attempt while they tweaked or worked on some form of auto adjustment. I have the upstream bandwidth but typically would use 4g for streaming while out and it's congested here in Atlanta. 3-5Mbps is typical in some areas.
  19. wco81

    wco81 Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    San Jose, CA
    Hmm, I have a cheap Vulkano box, made by some small Chinese company.

    Their clients will adapt to the available bandwidth and you get varying quality depending on what kind of speed can be sustained to the client.

    Tivo can't do adaptive streaming?
  20. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I have a Vulkano Platinum and Slingbox Pro HD and don't understand why TiVo is having difficulty either. Perhaps they should have purchased the technology from Monsoon (makers of Vulkano and the old Hava boxes) like Belkin did.

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