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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    It is in the Harmony software that you use to set up the remote.
    In the setup software, go into Devices and click the settings button on the Tivo you want to control.
    Click the option "adjust power settings", then click the "next" button.
    Now you will choose the option "I want to turn off this device when it's not in use".
    Complete the setup and update your remote.
     
  2. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I don't know why anyone would even care about standby.
     
  3. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Member

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    On the phone with Verizon, activating cable card in new Roamio Plus. Got a TiVo mini for the bedroom. Did lifetime. Also paid $99 lifetime for my HDs, and hope to make a profit off eBay.

    Off to a good 3 day weekend



    CableCard transfer successful. Took only 10 minutes on the phone with Verizon.

    The typical hour-long TiVo setup still applied. It had to go through its inscrutable machinations to set itself and connect to the mother ship. But now it's working.

    The Roamio is quite zippy compared to the HD, and the HD interface seems like a real improvement. Of note, in menus, video keeps playing in an inset corner in the upper right. Very nice.

    The remote is shorter, but same width. The design changes will take some getting used to, but at first use, all seem sensible improvements.

    Most importantly, my wife loves it. She's immediately impressed and has completely sworn off the HDs after an hour of use.


    And now TiVo self destruct initiated, obliterating the TiVo HDs to prepare for ebay.

    Next up, set up the mini
     
  4. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Member

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    Transferring recordings from old tivos to new TiVo was easy. I had about 20 episodes unwatched. From the Roamio, I did a transfer of all episodes from the two tivos to itself. It added them to a queue. I left for the evening and this morning all shows were transferred. If I'd had hundreds of shows, I'd have looked into tools like pytivo to transfer first to my computer, easily, and then later to the the Roamio. It's not built to facilitate massive transfers.



    Tivo HD self destruct sequence initiated. Restoring to factory defaults for eBay sale. Thanks to those who told me about $99 lifetime. Bought that for my TiVo HDs. I'm really hoping to get $200 or more for each of them. That would really take the sting out of the Roamio purchase.

    Also need to get the bedroom TiVo cleared out so I can setup the mini. High hopes for the little guy.
     
  5. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    My son, who just rec'd his Pro, is having the same problem. He said the initial update (when you first fire it up) stopped & restarted several times, as it kept losing a signal. Finally it worked. He said since then (maybe 2-3 days), it consistently loses the signal. He went to the network settings screen, and watched as it went from "100% signal", to "0% connection not found" 4 or 5 times per minute.

    The entire time, he's sitting 8 feet away surfing on his tablet. With a strong signal.

    Any suggestions?
     
  6. tivogurl

    tivogurl New Member

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    I used kmttg too. While it did quickly transfer the SPs, it didn't preserve order. I'm not sure what I did wrong.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2013 #368 of 661
    ncbill

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    So you were able to get $99 lifetime on more than one monthly Tivo w/ the purchase of a Roamio?

    Which department was so generous?

    I'd like to give them a try for my monthly units.

     
  8. Sep 1, 2013 #369 of 661
    moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    The order that ends up on destination TiVo is the order in which you copied the SPs, so if you copied them out of order with respect to original TiVo(s) that would explain it. Otherwise, order is preserved.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2013 #370 of 661
    Rose4uKY

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    I tried to get kmttg I googled it and found some zip file but it installed and then It was downloading files and it said a directory couldn't be found and it didn't work right and I deleted it. I have Tivo Desktop though but is there a link to kmmtg maybe I had a bad link or I did something wrong but I was wanting to try it. My Plus isn't scheduled to be here till Tuesday and I was told last week it would be shipped 2 day air and it wasn't. They had to keep my Premiere activated cause it was set to expire on Friday which is when I was told my new Roamio Plus would be here since my 1st one didn't work when we got it. Can't wait to get it..

     
  10. Sep 1, 2013 #371 of 661
    moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Windows installation instructions here:
    http://sourceforge.net/p/kmttg/wiki/windows_installation/

    Most common mistake is people try to launch kmttg.jar within the zip file. You need to unzip the file first and then launch kmttg.jar from outside the zip file.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2013 #372 of 661
    joneric

    joneric New Member

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    Question for other Roamio Plus owners. My router shows 2 wi-fi connections being actively used by my Roamio Plus. Are you seeing this as well? Is one for the TiVo and the other for the built in Stream? I looked through the forums and didn't see this mentioned.
     
  12. Sep 1, 2013 #373 of 661
    cram501

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    It's being discussed at: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=508166

    It appears the stream also gets it's own dhcp address.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2013 #374 of 661
    joneric

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    ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Member

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    Yep. Called TiVo and connected to the normal sales department to activate my new Roamio and Mini. Told him I had new hardware to activate and asked if I could get $99 lifetime on my current HDs. He said 'yep'. Set up the Roamio with MSD Lifetime, activated the Mini, and then did the $99 Lifetime for the two HDs. Took maybe 30 minutes on the phone. The customer service guy was very friendly and whisked right through everything.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2013 #376 of 661
    ShoutingMan

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    And the Mini got setup yesterday. I like it.

    So far works well, if not perfectly. I've had a random connection failure to the Roamio, that recovered with a roundtrip through the main menu.

    Installation though is something of a WTF: why does it require usual TiVo hour to download all the guide data, when it's just a dumb terminal to the Roamio? Seems like the Mini should be ready to go in minutes.

    And the remote is cheap feeling compared to the new Roamio remote.

    There are also one or two features I assumed would be present but aren't (assumed I could see and choose among the Roamio tuners from the Mini. Nope).

    But these are quibbles. Basically, it's pretty awesome and I love having a whole-house DVR.

    Also enjoying the TiVo app on my iPad. It's amazing to be programming Season Passes on the iPad at the same time my wife is programming WIsh Lists on the Roamio directly. And being able to stream TV to the iPad is nifty . I look forward to trying out the download feature for business travel.
     
  16. Sep 1, 2013 #377 of 661
    dustyz

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    Figured I'd hop in here to discuss the standby issue. One of my main gripes about the Tivo Premiere I purchased was the inability to turn it off, or go to standby. We watch our electric consumption religiously, so that sorta thing is important to us. Every kwh counts.

    At the same time, I'll offer up some info on the instant power-off option. First, let me just say I only paid $30 for my Premiere earlier this year. I wanted to test it out before going lifetime. Then I heard about the Roamio, so figured I'd wait before going lifetime on the premiere. I've also been working in IT for many years. I realize the concern with an instant off or random power outages causing HD or hardware issue, it makes perfect sense. However, my investment is very little at this point, so I added a timed powerstrip to my Tivo, Wireless Router, Modem, etc. I take it all down during the day & at nite, while it's not being used. An instant power off scenario. It kicks on when I'm home, and off when not needed. We don't record during the day, so it's no big deal. If something is on that we want to record, we just flip the timer. No biggy.

    It's worked amazingly well so far. I wouldn't even know it was on a timer if I didn't check the uptime on my router occasionally.

    Just my 2 cents. (Looking forward to getting a lifetime Roamio after my 1yr is up on the Premiere)
     
  17. Sep 1, 2013 #378 of 661
    moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Mission...
    During connection it downloads and installs software update among other things, not guide data, but agreed all that takes way too long still...
     
  18. Sep 1, 2013 #379 of 661
    crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I personally think you are wasting your time, wearing out your TiVo's components by power cycling it so much, and risking file system damage from continuous improper shutdowns (not that they give us a "proper" way, which is stupid). There should certainly be a bigger power drainer than a TiVo you could focus on, no?

    If you saved 18 hours of it being power on per day, that is only about $10 per year. Even if the risk is small, a single premature failure will wipe away all your "power savings" for it for perhaps dozens and dozens of years on a Lifetime service TiVo. Would you turn off your computer by yanking the power cord every day?
     
  19. Sep 1, 2013 #380 of 661
    lessd

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    NO! but a Computer is much different and can't be compared to a TiVo, the new smart TVs may be more like a TiVo and I would guess most people turn their TVs off when not watching. My computer is the only thing I have a UPS connected to, along with my router and Comcast internet phone service modem, after 16 seconds my automatic home back up generator is running.
     

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