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Roamio OTA reception?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mr_smits, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    I know the TivoHD had great OTA reception (so I've read) and the Premiere models did not. I'm interested in any experience early adopters have comparing OTA reception to previous Tivo models.
     
  2. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    I am going to find out tomorrow. My Roamio just shipped from Amazon for delivery tomorrow. I only use OTA but really have no problem with my 3 Premiers tuners.
     
  3. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    Excellent.
     
  4. troasti

    troasti New Member

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    I use my premiere with OTA. Why would I upgrade to this box? I can only upgrade to the base model with OTA. It has Amazon prime? I already have netflix and its better. All it gives me is built in wifi and 2 extra tuners? I already have hard wired ethernet.. The UI is faster? I don't think my premiere is that slow.. 200$?
     
  5. bayern_fan

    bayern_fan New Member

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    Tivo does NOT currently have Amazon Prime streaming. I hope I don't sound too harsh using caps, but I want to make sure that nobody expects it only to be disappointed later on.
     
  6. curiousgeorge

    curiousgeorge New Member

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    Gladd you did. I *almost* got a little excited for this new box.
     
  7. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Who cares about Amazon Prime? You can just pick it up on Roku...
     
  8. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Does the existing OTA capable Premiere work with the Stream? I forget.. I think so, but that's one other POSSIBLE thing.. (I only got a Premiere with the Premiere 4, and the differences I know of that one are built in Moca & digital-cable-only.)
     
  9. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    I do, one fewer input to switch? I don't have a Roku, but do switch to my PS3 to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video lately (watched 2 of the Bond movies so far, and am several behind on Under the Dome.. but am watching it).

    If I could do it all in one box, I'd prefer it -- heck, I'd even pay a ONE TIME FEE for it to be all in one box.
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    This is just the beginning folks. This new platform opens up all sorts of possibilities for over the top apps on TiVo. They said they are working to get more apps on the TiVo and even mentioned working on an app store. So obviously their goal is to have enough apps that they'd want people to actually have to manually pick them from a store.

    That being said always buy something for what it can do now, not what it might do in the future. If it doesn't do what you want it to do now then don't buy because there is no guarantee they will ever follow through with any of this.
     
  11. SugarBowl

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    It will work with the Tivo Mini. The 2 tuner Premieres will not.

    I sold my 2 tuner premiere for $500 and ordered the base roamio.
     
  12. KrazyKiko

    KrazyKiko New Member

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    Well...I am disappointed to see that Tivo restricts choice between OTA or cable, since there is only one cable input. With our old trusty Tivo HD, at least Tivo provided two cable inputs. We have basic-basic cable, but primarily use OTA; While we do get some HD cable channels through basic-basic cable, it's helpful to switch when OTA reception stinks. I do miss not having the Premier/Roamio streaming features, as the Tivo HD stinks in this capacity. Guess I'll hope some sanity returns to Tivo's future architecture design.
     
  13. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Who knows? This could be the last TiVo that has OTA tuners.
     
  14. JimboG

    JimboG New Member

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    In an effort to get back on topic, has anyone had a chance to compare the over the air reception ability of the base Roamio to the TiVo Premier, TiVo HD, or original OLED S3 TiVo?

    Pulling in weak, distant stations a little better is a plus. Better multipath rejection than the TiVo Premiere is a must.:cool:
     
  15. utcompeng

    utcompeng New Member

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    Hey Guys, I'm happy to report the tuner is a million times better than the premier. No more issues with high signal channels interfering with low signal channels. I was able to remove a splitter I was using to downgrade my signal. The tuner is just as good as my Samsung TV...enjoy!!
     
  16. utcompeng

    utcompeng New Member

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    Also, the hulu app actually works on the Roamio. Previously I was never able to even launch the app on the premier.
     
  17. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    I gave up on trying to keep things simple after 5th or 6th remote or something. Actually, I lost count. I think I'm around 10 remotes. I just made a schematic of the system in Excel using borders, so that my roommates know what's connected to what.
     
  18. tenthplanet

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    Thanks for the info. How's multipath with UHF stations. The S3 was a little better than the Premiere but high VHF was a draw.
     
  19. Chesterton

    Chesterton New Member

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    Has anyone tried roamio in a fringe location? I'm in one and concerned about splitting antenna among four tuners vs. two on my series 3 HD oled.
     
  20. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    Agree. The signal meter seems to be re calibrated though - Roamio shows a lower signal strength than the Premiere, even though the signal appears stronger.
     

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