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Roamio OTA reception?

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

  1. Mister B

    Mister B New Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    El Paso...
    That is certainly good news! I have a Premiere in storage that I can not use due to it's poor tuner performance and had to return to the TCD652160 model. I hope to hear more varied reports from OTA users in fringe and multipath prone reception areas.
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    Splitting it 4 ways instead of 2 may account for that.
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Ah, yes - good point.
  4. ncbill

    ncbill Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Western NC
    My Roamio Basic was able to get all the main Charlotte stations, transmitters roughly 60 miles away, before it stopped working (less than 24 hours after I received it)

    Previously, I could only get one station from that city on both a Premiere & TivoHD.
  5. ss-stingray

    ss-stingray Sony DHG refugee

    Aug 24, 2013
    Your Roamio basic quit working? What's up with that? I hope it's not an overheating problem since I don't see a fan in the pictures of the back. I get my roamio Monday and hope heat isn't a issue.
  6. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    The fan is in the middle between the hard drive and the motherboard, blowing from side to side.

  7. ss-stingray

    ss-stingray Sony DHG refugee

    Aug 24, 2013
    Thanks Dallas for the picture.
  8. ncbill

    ncbill Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Western NC
    Even thought it was on an open shelf before it failed my Roamio Basic got much warmer than the Premier it replaced.

    It's too bad, because OTA reception was better than my Premiere, S3 OLED, or TivoHD.

    I'm going to return it for a refund and monitor this forum for a few more months before I jump into any Roamio model again.

  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Why not exchange it? Electronic failures happen. Just because yours failed doesn't mean it's epidemic of the model. Get another one, if it fails then get a refund.
  10. crobey

    crobey New Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    So I currently have an S3. I do have issues recording on a couple OTA channels. Any answers on performance in comparison to previous models?
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    From what's been said it's better then the Premiere but about the same as the S3. So if you have trouble getting channels on the S3 you'll likely have the same troubles with the Roamio.
  12. ilovedvrs

    ilovedvrs Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    I just went from using a S3 for 7 years to the Roamio.

    Seems the same to me
  13. Chesterton

    Chesterton New Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    I've concluded that the Roamio's fringe reception is better than the Series 3 I had. I have two very directional fringe UHF antennas, one aimed at Austin (60 miles away) and one at San Anotonio (50 miles away). I've got some weak stations each direction, and they pixellate a lot less often than they did with the Series 3. The Roamio also picked up two stations that the Series 3 didn't.

    That's impressive to me since the Roamio's input is shared by four tuners vs. the Series 3's two.
  14. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
  15. Joe Siegler

    Joe Siegler New Member

    May 10, 2000
    Garland, TX
    I went from a Premiere to a Roamio. I have less macroblocking on weak signals than I used to - except for ONE channel, which seems to have it more, but as a whole, it seems better.
  16. Balzer

    Balzer Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Well, I have my Roamio now.
    With the Premiere, I needed a signal booster in the line for my local Fox station to work. After setting up the Roamio, I disconnected the booster and Fox still comes in fine.
    I still need the booster for a couple other distant channels though.
  17. Roamio_Tucson

    Roamio_Tucson New Member

    Jan 7, 2014
    Based on this forum and this thread, I went from a Premiere with a Lifetime subscription to the Roamio for the monthly subscription and got to try it out last night. I can say with 100% certainty that the Roamio tuners are way better than the Premiere's and I couldn't be happier even though I am now paying a monthly fee again.

    I went through 3 different antennas, several different splitters, on the roof on the cell phone to my wife making minor adjustments to the antenna height and angle before finally giving up on my Line of Sight towers that gave me clear signals to my TVs but not through the Tivo Premiere before I made the switch. I only use OTA so this makes the wife much happier when her shows don't pixelate!

    Thanks for all the good feedback on this forum, it was very helpful.
  18. Jeff_DML

    Jeff_DML Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    I just recently upgraded from a Premier to Roamio for OTA. I am having multipath issues on one of my local channels. I was hoping the roamio would fix it but I am still having some issues. It seems improved and actually finding the 4 tuners useful. Anways I would say do not expect miracles upgrading to a roamio for reception issues. Guess that should be kind of obvious:p Up on the roof for me
  19. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    Get Lifetime. Monthly makes NO SENSE. Even if you resell it way before it pays for itself, you get the money back in the additional resale value.
  20. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio
    I think that is a pretty good summary of my experience so far. I finally installed the Roamio (4-tuner basic, for OTA) that I bought a while back. In general it seems to do better than my 2-tuner Premiere, but not miraculously so. I tuned one weak, distant station on both, and the Roamio had a big burst of initial uncorrected errors (see below), but the Premiere's uncorrected error count surpassed it within a few minutes, and the picture, while still glitchy, was definitely more watchable on the Roamio.

    The Roamio's software may be doing some housekeeping in foreground tasks (high priority) that should be handed off to interruptible background tasks (low priority). This could account for the bursts of errors when first tuning a station, and possibly for the glitching seen when using same-tuner overlap. After the initial burst of errors, the Roamio's counts of uncorrected errors sometimes increment so seldom that I wonder if they're being updated properly.

    But the strangest thing is that I have yet to see any corrected errors counted by the Roamio for any station. Surely the chipset must be correcting some errors. Could the TiVo software be polling the wrong register or misinterpreting the data somehow? Has anyone else seen a corrected error counted by a 4-tuner Roamio's tuners? Has anyone seen corrected errors counted by a 6-tuner Roamio's tuners? Thanks for any insights.

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