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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. HenryFarpolo

    HenryFarpolo Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Andover Ma
    And do it on iOS devices if you have any.
  2. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    The cable companies don't want OTA in those boxes because it's potential competition. By not having a more robust OTA box I think TiVo is missing out on an opportunity to redefine the marketplace and accelerate a cable-cutting trend that already exists. Instead they're just being a lackey for the cable companies.
  3. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    The market for a $1000 (without lifetime) 6 tuner box that could do OTA and cable is extremely small. I don't see how they are missing out on anything.
  4. jmpage2

    jmpage2 Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    My thoughts exactly. A $20-$40 added cost per box is a non starter if it is only potentially utilized by 1% of your customers. I bet they did a lot of research before making that decision.

    OTA air users should've happy that they have a quad tuner box that can support the stream and mini.
  5. awsnyde

    awsnyde Member

    May 11, 2007
    I planned on hitting a burglar over the head with my TiVo. Plastic just doesn't cut it!
  6. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    That makes me recall a video somebody posted on the Facebook TiVo page, where they threw a TiVo HD off a roof, and then continued to smash away for quite a while. That video would have been much shorter, had TiVo made the HD out of plastic! :D
  7. rgranber

    rgranber New Member

    Aug 25, 2013
    I've had a couple of days with the new Roamio Plus. 6 tuners rocks.

    Definitely go through guided setup before having cable card installed if tech has to do it. Initial start up takes awhile to download firmware updates, guide, etc.

    I unchecked lots of channels in the Channel List in the Settings menu and also marked some as Favorites. This did NOT result in any changes to the Guide or the ability to filter on Favorites. If I access the guide from TiVo.com , the guide shows only the channels I have checked in the Channel List. Anyone else have this problem. Strangely enough when I played with it after initial setup and before cable card install, I remember testing tis feature ( unchecked a couple of channels) and the guide reflected the changes.

    It would be nice if there was to set defaults for series recordings so that user could pick new only/reruns, # to keep, high/low priority, start/end times that they like without having to change the options everytime you set up a timer if you don't like TiVo's default.

    There's no restart/reset menu like it shows in the premiere manual (sorry, but this is my first TiVo, so I may not know what I'm talking about).

    Speaking of manuals, hope they make one for Roamio soon.

    Overall, in this short period, I'm very happy to be rid of Suddenlinks DVR.
  8. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Under the guide you should have options show only channels I receive. It is probably still set to all.

    I agree about the defaults, but since I use KMTTG to set all my shows I don't miss it all that much.

    Restart/Reset should be buried in the help menu now.
  9. rgranber

    rgranber New Member

    Aug 25, 2013
    Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll check it out.
  10. thyname

    thyname Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    N. Virginia
    I get the same message on my P4: I don't have any digital channels?!?! What gives?

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    I still don't know why they put the restart menu under help. I wanted to reboot one of my Premiere boxes, and I had to search online for where it was hidden...

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    Okay. I disabled 1080p/24 and the TV screen no longer blanks out when watching Netflix.

    Does the blanking out happen because TiVo has a problem passing the /24 frame rate?
  13. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

    May 14, 2013
    No. It's generally because of bandwidth issues on the network. It takes more to stream in 1080p from Netflix then it does to stream the same thing in 720p or 1080i. I'm seeing the same thing on the Premieres
  14. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Latest Amazon 1 Star Review on the Roamio Base Model...

    Current stats:
    5 Star - (3)
    4 Star - (1)
    3 Star - (0)
    2 Star - (0)
    1 Star - (3)
  15. Kobe_No_Means_No

    Kobe_No_Means_No New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    I'm loving my Roamio Plus. I've had 7 other Tivos, ranging from the original to the Premiere. Unlike the Premiere, this one doesn't disappoint. It is very speedy, which really makes a big difference. So far I haven't ran into any type of lock-ups/problems. I haven't used any of the added functions on my Plus though, as I'm a Slingbox user and I use it to stream locally and away from home. When you setup your Slingbox just choose XL4 as your device and everything works fine.

    Once someone can confirm that 4TB works/don't work on the Roamio I will open it up and either stick a 4TB or 3TB in there.
  16. elwaylite

    elwaylite Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Theodore, Al.
    For whatever reason it was having issues downloading and updating off my Ethernet connection, so I went to WiFi and it went more smoothly.

    Until I could get the call in and download working, it would reboot, notice my 1TB WD AV Expander, but then tell me it was unsupported. After those kinks worked out, it recognized the AV DVR Expander and formatted it.

    Speed is good, I like the look, and to my eyes OTA PQ is more crisp than Dish. I'm able to flip back and forth, so maybe that it's a newer chip or its doing some sort of undefeatable edge enhancement. Looks great regardless, and I like having native. Downloaded a 1080p/24 episode of Hell on Wheels from Amazon VOD (1.7gb's in size) and the PQ is outstanding. Roamio outputs 1080p/24 without a hitch as far as I can tell.

    I used to love the auto downloads for season passes on Amazon, and I will be using that a lot moving forward. Other than the buggy setup for me, no complaints yet. I also tried out recording 4 OTA shows at once, while downloading an Amazon TV show, worked fine.

    OTA tuner seems to report lower than expected, but it seems to perform better. For example, my local CBS and ABC are usually 100% on anything I try in the living room, but the Roamio reports 85%. I am not able to get fox OTA because of dropouts with the Hopper tuner, and a SS around 60%. TiVo report 50-55% for Fox but I watched it 30 mins last night and no drop. When the fall kicks off Ill try recording a few shows and see how they do.
  17. SugarBowl

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Cary, NC
    cheap rubber stick on feet on the bottom of my base roamio. And one of them was missing, so the unit is wobbly.

    And the 'What To Watch Now' screen... The icons are so small and hard to read. Nothing like the implementation on the iPhone/iPad app.
  18. Scooby Doo

    Scooby Doo New Member

    Dec 18, 2002
    I installed my new Roamio Plus and Mini last night. This is my third Tivo following a DirecTivo (purchased in 2003) and a Tivo HD (purchased in 2008). Here are my quick thoughts.

    This thing isn't perfect yet, but it's going to be spectacular. Viewing of live TV, recorded shows, and the program guide seem rock solid across both the Plus and Mini. Internet apps (Netflix, Pandora, Amazon) still have some bugs to work out, but you can already see they are going to offer a big improvement in user experience. Streaming and downloading to IOS devices still have some bugs and/or are not yet fully implemented, but look like they will be great.

    Setup still takes longer than it should. I had no problems with my first MOCA install and it is fast (300 Mbit/s) and rock solid. Transferring all my season passes using Tivo.com was painless and took 30 seconds - great experience.

    "Find my remote" is, to me, alone worth the cost of the box. If you don't have three small children then I suspect you will have no idea what I am talking about.

    Overall, I love how Tivo has integrated some powerful new functionality while retaining a very familiar user interface. I love that my kids (and wife!) can work the new box right away. Looks to me like the best Tivo ever.

    I'm now off to eBay to sell my Tivo HD with lifetime. Hope to make back at least a reasonable portion of the cost of the new kit.

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    What is the speed, and who is the provider of your connection?

    Interesting as I have a fast, solid connection with FiOS. Currently clocking download speeds at 83 Mbps, and it seems rock solid. For the most part, the screen blanks within a minute of starting playback, or sometimes whenI pause, FF or rewind. Once it switches to 1080p/24, I am usually okay.
  20. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

    May 14, 2013

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