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Roamio OTA reception?

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

  1. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    I have definitely seen counts for RS Corrected on my Roamio Plus. I rarely pay attention since my signal is generally 90-100 for my digital cable stations. I think I've seen one frame with minor pixelation in the last 6 weeks of use.
  2. Zu Nim

    Zu Nim Registerer Used

    Apr 20, 2012
    I have the base model and have never seen corrected errors (and I should, I do see a few uncorrected ones). I mean, it's great that it's correcting them, but a little visibility would be helpful. Both counts give me an idea of how my signal strength is functioning over extended periods of time and weather.
  3. kucharsk

    kucharsk Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    I can't say for performance, but on the signal strength meter the Roamio shows lower signal levels than my S3.

    With the same cable, my S3 showed levels nearly maxed out on one or two of my channels that the Roamio shows as being in the low 80s, possibly because the incoming signal is now being split among more tuners.
  4. StevesWeb

    StevesWeb Grumpy Old Geek

    Dec 26, 2008
    Geek Hill,...
    I went from a Premiere XL to a Roamio basic for OTA. We are about 40 miles from Mt Wilson where the LA TV towers are. If you draw a line from our location to Mt Wilson and then continue on the line comes close to Santa Barbara.

    Not only does our Roamio receive every LA station rock solid, it even picked up a low power (and completely useless) station in Santa Barbara. The Google says it is a 146 mile drive to Santa Barbara, by direct line it must be well over 100 miles.

    We do have an excellent location on top of a hill, and a rooftop directional "HD" antenna with mast mounted preamp. But I need all of that crap just to try to get my TiVo Premiere XL to maintain sync.

    The Roamio has as good of an OTA ATSC tuner as I've ever used, it seems perfectly cromulant to me.
  5. hhh222

    hhh222 Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I've had an S3 for several years and basic roamio for about a week.
    With signal levels on 5 channels of 91,92,96,96,96,82 on the S3
    ...............................................72,66,72,72,72,56 on the roamio

    Had some breaking up on Letterman recorded on roamio last night. I'll have to do a bit more research to know what's what for sure.
  6. Jeff_DML

    Jeff_DML Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    signal level seem to be always different between series
  7. DustSJC

    DustSJC New Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    OK, I just got the basic Roamio from weeKnees (w/ 2 TB instead of standard 500 GB. This is (was) meant to replace my TiVo Premier (with RF OTA input AND separate Comcast Cable input).

    I open the box and, what the heck, there is only ONE RF screw on input. Surely there MUST be a way to have at least the same capability on a "newer" generation TiVos. I was crystal clear that I wanted whichever new Roamio handled BOTH inputs..as before with the Premier.

    Does anyone have a work around or am I missing something? TiVo and weeKnees had both just closed when I came upon this conundrum. Any suggetions folsk?

  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Sorry no work around the Base Roamio can only do OTA OR cable, it can not do both at the same time like the dual tuner Premiere or Series 3 units.
  9. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio
    The workaround is to use one unit for OTA and another unit for cable. It's definitely one of those what-were-they-thinking situations. But I suppose handling both together would complicate their software a bit.
  10. DustSJC

    DustSJC New Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Hi folks,

    Thanks for getting back to me on the Roamio single coax input. I guess I'll have to keep the Premier hooked up to the Comcast Cable and move the Premier's Roof antenna coax to the Roamio and dedicate that to local and OTA programs.

    Is there anything to beware of vis-à-vis TiVo programming, season pass selection(s) of shows on the Roamio even though it wont have a M-Card (since it's not going to connect to Comcast.)

    Any tips or warnings will be greatly appreciated. Gonna' be a busy weekend :)

  11. leweezo

    leweezo New Member

    Mar 22, 2012

    I just got a Rmio OTA and am having the same issue witth a 20+ point drop in reception and some formerly strong staions being twitchy.. Is yours still the same way?..
  12. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    There is no standard for OTA signal strength. So there is no way to use it to compare signal reception between devices. I have a Series 3, TiVo HD, Premiere, & Roamio all used for OTA the signal strength meters read about the same on the Series 3 & TiVo HD (high like yours) but both the Premiere and Roamio read much lower. In use the Roamio, TiVo HD, & Series 3 all perform about the same (the Premiere has always had the worst reception for me), but the Roamio does appear to potentially have a better tuner as it does find more remote stations than the Series 3 or TiVo HD but the remote stations are still not viewable.

    In any event don't worry about the lower signal strength numbers, doesn't mean much if anything. That said if your Roamio is having noticeably more reception problems than your S3 then you may have a problem with the Roamio.

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