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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. Big Boy Laroux

    Big Boy Laroux New Member

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    Thanks, i'll check it out!
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    It's weird I have two big UPSes that I use for my entertainment center. 1500VA each. They were relatively expensive at about $200/ea, but they have lasted forever. We rarely have power outages, but we recently had one that lasted for like 4 hours. Both of those UPSes, despite being like 8+ years old, ran for hours. I have a few cheaper 300-500VA ones that I've only had for a couple of years and they're all dead to the point where they cut out within a few seconds after the power dies. Even the mid grade 1200VA APC I had for my computer only lasted a few years.

    The other thing about the two big ones is they are different brands. One is an APC and the other is a Belkin. I guess when you get up into the bigger units they just produce a better quality product.
     
  3. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

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    Can the Roamio be turned off with a single button click?
    And before anyone says it needs to be on to record shows, what I mean is it stops sending a video signal through hdmi, and stops recording live on the hard drives.
    I had a dish network dvr and it had a power button that would do this. It stopped using the hard drives (which meant they lasted longer and didn't head up) and would turn off video signal. It would still record all the shows.

    I don't know why tivo doesn't do this on all their tivos.

    I have a receiver and dvdo edge that will turn off automatically when there's no signal. But because tivo premiere always broadcasts a signal that function won't work. I would like to press 1 button that would stop the live recording on all tuners and turn off video signal. It seems a waist of power and wear and tear on the hard drive to be recording all tuners all the time.
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    There is a standby button. However all it does is turn off the lights and the output. It does not stop recording.
     
  5. Devx

    Devx New Member

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    So just sitting down with my new Pro. The first thing I noticed after it finished booting is that it is incredibly fast. OMG, wow. Time will tell how much of an impact on speed there will be with all 6 tuners going and a relatively full HD. If past signs are an indicator it should retain most, if not all, of its speed.

    The new remote is ok. Muscle memory took to the new select button position instantly. Probably because of the Glo remote on the Elite. Will take longer to get used to the new guide button placement. I read a few posts about range issues or intermittent flakiness but I haven't noticed anything. Tested 2 rooms over through about 4 walls (~30ft) and I could still control the TiVo.

    Remote finder feature is interesting. Not very loud though, if the remote is truly lost it will be necessary to search each room to find it. I couldn't hear it until I was in the room it was in.

    No opinion on the new background just yet. I don't dislike it however.

    Holy crap, I still cannot get over the speed. Will probably purchase a Roamio basic to replace my other Tivo HD early next year after things shake out a bit.

    As an aside, I know TiVo has to make money but a bit disappointed that the box cannot at least work in demo mode for a few days (15-30 days?) while the sub is pending. I didn't want to activate until I could find time to get the Cablecard out of the old TiVo HD and figure out my transfer situation. With so much disabled I feel forced to activate even if I don't have a Cablecard ready for it yet.
     
  6. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Did they change it? TiVo used to work up to 7 days without activation.
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I used the online SP manager earlier. I was very surprised how quickly they showed up on my Roamio Pro. I got my SP list down to 102 SPs before transferring. At first I tried to transfer them all at once but that didn't work. So I did 20 to 25 at a time which worked fine.

    I don't know exactly how long they took to show up. But around 25 minutes later I looked at the box and all my SPs were there and I already had dozens of shows scheduled to record for the next week. Although it had only picked up a portion of the shows to be recorded so far. But it was quick and certainly a million times better than having to manually set up the SPs again. Like when the Premiere was launched.
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    My Roamio Pro came up with a message about needing to be activated. I couldn't do much of anything until it was activated. Except watch live TV.
     
  9. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Oh ok. I know back when I activated my Elite it took almost a week to show activation, but had a message of how many days of free service remaining.
     
  10. bodosom

    bodosom Just another tivotee

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    I only have 27 (my TiVo Premiere is new) but kmttg moved them in a few seconds.
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I didn't wait around. Maybe that would have changed a little later but I wanted to mess around with everything right away. I was going to get lifetime service on it anyway. So if there were any issues I figured had 30 days to get a refund on lifetime if I needed to(or need to) return the Roamio Pro back to BestBuy.
     
  12. Devx

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    I plan to put lifetime on it like my other Tivo's. I thought I could save myself some hassle on returns if the box suffered sudden death.

    After purchasing the Elite, I distinctly remember a grace period before requiring activation. Currently, many options on the Roamio interface are unavailable or error out.
     
  13. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

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    Is this button on the remote? I don't see any standby button on it. I don't want to get up to turn it off. And I want to program my universal remote to put it in standby.
     
  14. Devx

    Devx New Member

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    No, he's referring to the touch-sensitive power button on the front of the Roamio that places the unit in standby mode.

    The typical option for standby still exists on the Settings menu and I'd assume the standby remote code still works as well. The standby remote code can be programmed if you have a harmony universal remote. Others may have it but not sure.
     
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I just opened up a web browser to view the list of recordings from my Roamio Pro on my network. I started downloading a recording in the MPEG-TS format. Download speeds are fluctuating between 170Mb/s and 195Mb/s to my PC from the Roamio Pro. Much faster than the Elites or Premieres can download from.
     
  16. cyberbeach

    cyberbeach Mere member

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    Should mention: If you bought the Tivo from Tivo, it will already be activated, and you don't have to wait 24 hours for it to show as activated. However, it still works best if you skip the cable card setup and let it update and get the guide info etc. before going back and doing the cable card setup.
     
  17. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

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    What is the standby remote code? I do have a harmony remote
     
  18. tivoknucklehead

    tivoknucklehead Member

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    my only setup issue is it could not find any wireless networks even though mine is working fine. I have it on the bottom shelf of my equipment, is that a possible reason? I had to use my old wireless Ethernet adapter to get online


    edit: I tried again the next day and it found my network after a 5 second delay and all is well
     
  19. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

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    I don't know why they have to make it so difficult to put it in standby.:confused:
     
  20. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

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    2 of my 3 UPS towers arrived. The one I attempted to install with the Roamio is going back. Everything worked except for the Ethernet ports. Not a biggie but I hate paying $100+ for something with a failing component. I like that it supported Ethernet, coax and power inputs. The other that I added to my office (with desktop/server) is fine. That one was a higher priority anyway.

    Interesting, after switching to and from the UPS, the Roamio Basic completely "gave up the ghost" and wouldn't start. Tried the unplug and plug routine that worked after my power outage and although the lights came on, nothing showed up on the TV. Verified the HDMI port on the TV wasn't blown through all of the power shenanigans. Popped in the old HDLX and it worked fine. 20 minutes after calling Comcast for the M-card pairing, all is well again as I await my Plus to arrive. Only one week after using a Roamio, I forgot how SLOW the processor is in the HDLX but it is better than no TiVo at all.

    The Basic was a lemon and now I'm thinking about NOT selling one of my S3 TiVos and retaining one as a backup.
     

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