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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. Sep 4, 2013 #421 of 661
    Dan203

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    I work from home.
     
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    jmpage2

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    So it was never delivered?
     
  3. Sep 4, 2013 #423 of 661
    lessd

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    At least there is a lot evidence about smoking and how long you may live, I don't think there is much evidence about the life cycle of newer hard drives, just what people feel, if you leave a drive on 24/7 for years and you do have a power outage than the drive parking may jam as some dust may have gotten the part of the arm that has not been used for years.
    There is no good answer to this question about the life of newer hard drives running 24/7 vs a 50% duty cycle with any degree of certainty so everybody can do as they think is best. My logic comes from the idea that if you get a new drive and test it out so you are sure it is working, put it back in its bag and hold it for 20 years, it will work 20 years later, the same drive running 24/7 would never last 20 years.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2013 #424 of 661
    Dan203

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    Yep. Got it setup and I'm transferring all my shows now.

    The speed is pretty awesome. No lag at all. Every button press gives you some sort of feed back, they never miss or get queued up like on the Premiere. Even if you press a button a little fast, before it's done loading, you get a bong you don't get a mystery click that may or may not register.

    Only issue I'm having is it seems one of my channels is coming in a bit pixelated. It's a local channel and it happens even when the CableCARD is not installed, so it seems to be some tuner issue. Same channel on all my other TiVos works fine. Not sure what's going on there. I might have to troubleshoot a bit in the morning to get it working right. Or maybe it'll magically fix itself over night. <fingers crossed>
     
  5. Sep 4, 2013 #425 of 661
    Rkkeller

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    I have had my Roamio 4 days now and already upgraded to a 3tb HD. Initial impressions are WOW, crisp clear screens/menus and finally speed that has been missing in other TiVo's. The best TiVo released to date IMO and well worth upgrading for me.

    A could soso's would be, FINISH getting rid of the SD screens and make viewing a picture in the corner on all screens. Second would be changing the zoom/guide button on the remote. Why after all these years and years change this?????????
     
  6. Sep 4, 2013 #426 of 661
    aaronwt

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    I would love to have the TV window on all screens. That would be perfect for me.
     
  7. Sep 4, 2013 #427 of 661
    brettatk

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    Got my Roamio Basic last night and upgraded to a 3TB drive. I'm very impressed with it's speed. I'm coming from a Tivo HD. Netflix works so much better. It was late so I didn't get to do a whole lot, but I know I'm going to love it.

    Only thing I have to figure out is how to use my Harmony 880 with both my Tivo HD and my Roamio Basic. Not sure that's even possible but I guess I'll find out soon enough.
     
  8. Sep 4, 2013 #428 of 661
    dswallow

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    Excepting my disdain in general for Harmony remotes, there's nothing about the Roamio that would make this any different than any other two or more TiVo receivers controlled from the same remote; just configure each TiVo to a different non-zero remote code, and find matching IR device profiles for the remote for each remote code and you'll be set.
     
  9. Sep 4, 2013 #429 of 661
    brettatk

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    That's what I wasn't sure about if I could set the IR code for each Tivo in the Harmony setup. So it has to be nonzero? I noticed last night my Tivo HD is set to "1" and my Romio to "0".
     
  10. Sep 4, 2013 #430 of 661
    Jonathan_S

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    Yes you'd want it to be non-zero because 0 is the 'universal' TiVo remote code.

    A TiVo set to remote code '0' will accept commands any TiVo remote*; regardless of the code the remote is set to.
    A TiVo remote set to remote code '0' can control any TiVo; regard of the code the TiVo is set to.

    That can be useful as a recovery method in certain situations but it's almost certainly not the behavior you normally want. Better to set both TiVos (and their remotes) to non-zero codes so you don't have cross control issues.
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    *Any IR TiVo remote, obviously an IR only TiVo can't accept RF commands
     
  11. Sep 4, 2013 #431 of 661
    Dan203

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    Another small nit about the Roamio... The remote feels a bit cheap. When quickly pushing buttons I can feel it creak a bit in my hand. I wont actually be using it as I use a Harmony, but for the price I think the Pro should have come with a nicer remote.
     
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    jmpage2

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    I noticed that as well, you would think at least with the Pro they would have included a backlit one similar to the one that came with the XL4.
     
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    b_scott

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    :up:
     
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    b_scott

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    do the screens really look different than the Premiere? They look pretty much the same on the pictures I've seen.
     
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    aaronwt

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    Yes they look different.
     
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    b_scott

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    That's nice. Hard drives are better now than in 1979. Green drives are made to run 24/7 and not be cold booted every day.

    Seems like you've had bad luck with a TiVo drive. Anecdotal evidence is not a valid conclusion.
     
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    dswallow

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    It uses a different font, and for whatever reason that new font gives a much cleaner, crisp look to most every screen. Go figure. :)
     
  18. Sep 4, 2013 #438 of 661
    Dan203

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    They are very different. When you flop back and forth between the two it's really obvious.

    To me it looks like they are trying to break away from the TiVo persona. If you replaced the little TiVo logo in the corner you wouldn't even know it was a TiVo except maybe from the iconic green playbar when watching a show. However if that was replaced with a different color it could be a generic DVR offered by any company and no one would be the wiser. Maybe that's the goal? To create a generic DVR they can sell to other MSOs that they can then apply their own branding to?
     
  19. Sep 4, 2013 #439 of 661
    Beryl

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    It reminds me of the material used for the slide remote -- very cheap plastic. I prefer my Harmony anyway.
     
  20. Sep 4, 2013 #440 of 661
    crxssi

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    Exactly. It should have come with a Slide (or Slide 2).
     

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