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Roamie Plus vs Pro

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Hookd, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Apr 7, 2014 #1 of 17

    Hookd New Member

    Oct 28, 2002
    Hi all,

    I am giving up DirecTV and I am going to FiOs. So far I HATE Vz's DVR box and I am going to get a Tivo again.

    What is the difference between the Plus and the Pro besides the drive size?

    With FiOS, can I still do 'on-demand', not that I found that useful either.

    If I get the Mini's with it, can they pause/ rewind live programming too? Or just the main box.

    Is there a way to transfer the 'lifetime' membership from a DirecTv box to a new Roamie?

    Thanks for any advice
  2. Apr 7, 2014 #2 of 17

    dbattaglia001 Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Only diff between Pro and Plus is hard drive size. I have the Pro. Love it.

    FiOS on demand, as I understand it, NO, can't get it through TiVo.

    Mini's yes, you should be able to pause, rewind, ff, etc...with my MoCA connection, I find it almost as good as when watching it off of main TiVo unit.

    Lifetime transfer - good luck but don't hold your breath. Best you can hope for is being able to get multi service discount.
  3. Hookd

    Hookd New Member

    Oct 28, 2002
    Thanks for the info.. I really love Tivo Service.
  4. celtic pride

    celtic pride Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    they wouldnt let me transfer lifetime from my directv tivo when i switched to verizon 4 years ago.
  5. truman861

    truman861 New Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Tampa FL
    I went with the plus as yes the only diff is hard drive size, nothing else. If I need a bigger hard drive I can upgrade for cheaper than 200.00 down the road.

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  6. vurbano

    vurbano New Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    I upgraded the plus hard drive 30 seconds after opening the box. There is no reason at all to purchase a pro. Unless you like getting ripped off.
  7. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Some people don't want to mess with buying a hard drive and installing it. To them, the extra money may be worth it.
  8. ncfoster

    ncfoster Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    I was planning on getting the Plus when they ran the Advisory Panel discount offer. The only reason that I got the Pro was that I realized that after the discounts, the cost of the bigger hard drive was going to be more than the difference in price between the two.
  9. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    It also disqualifies you from participating in TiVo beta programs.
  10. aridon

    aridon Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    You can get some codes on Ebay that will bring the cost down to far less than you'd pay normally. The difference between pro and plus is $100 and you can't buy a 3gb hd for that. No I don't sell them but I did use one.
  11. pauldy

    pauldy New Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    You can get a 3TB for 100, you can also get 6TB for 300 so... like anything you have to weight the pros and cons for yourself.
  12. supasta

    supasta New Member

    May 6, 2006
    Not to mention voiding the warranty. To some people, that is a concern.
  13. Hookd

    Hookd New Member

    Oct 28, 2002
    Thanks for all the responses..

    There was a discounted price on Amazon so I did go with the Pro. I have added drives to my Directv boxes before but I didn't really have to time to worry about that now. The extra $200 was worth my time and I got a extra back from the gov't.

    Setting it up wasn't hard... and I love that I can have Netflix, Amazon Prime etc in one place. I have to see if I can link my Itunes account to it too.

    My one question is that I can't switch between two stations and have them both buffered (rewind-able). Is there some setting I have to adjust?
  14. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Amazon Prime Instant streaming isn't available yet. But rumor is it will be. (Only downloaded purchases and rentals are supported right now.)

    All 6 tuners are constantly buffering. Are you pressing the Enter/Last button to jump between channels? Instead, you can toggle through all the tuners by hitting the Live TV button repeatedly, or hitting Info and pressing down.
  15. Hookd

    Hookd New Member

    Oct 28, 2002

    Yes, I was hitting the "Enter/Last" to toggle between channels and it wasn't working that way.
  16. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Only has Amazon Instant video not Amazon Prime video - Ya I know confusing. With Amazon Instant you can only download owned or rented videos (you can NOT stream the "free" videos including with your Amazon Prime subscription). I don't think you can link your Itunes account might be wrong.
    buffer should hold for each channel but honestly if you want to be safe hit record. I used to use buffers to watch the news nearly live and ended up accidentally dumping buffer one to many times now I just record everything.
  17. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    Enter/Last will work as long as you have your tuners set up right. The two channels you're swapping between have to be on different tuners so each will have a buffer. So one way of ensuring "Enter" will work like you want is:
    1. tune to desired channel 1.
    2. switch to a different tuner via the live-tv button.
    3. tune to desired channel 2
    4. tune to desired channel 1 (just switches back to your first tuner)
    Now "Enter" will swap between channel 1 and channel 2, with live-tv buffers working on both channels.

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