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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

    Apr 5, 2010
    The menus?

    Oh yes, they look incredibly better on the Roamio. MUCH sharper. MUCH better font. Very impressive when you compare the two. It is immediately evident the moment you look at it.
  2. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    I manually "tuner park" my tuners to non-existent (or not able to tune to) antenna channels (I don't have an antenna connected), when I am done with my TiVos for a while, and also have a season pass set up for each tuner by way of "schedule a manual recording", at 4AM to the same channels, for one minute each, per tuner, at the same time. Since it detects no signal, no buffering. It's very important to always keep these "parking" SPs at the very bottom of the SPM list, so they never make you lose a recording you do want.

    It's more difficult (in my market) to find cable channels that don't buffer, even if I am not authorized to view them. It's like it just buffers them, while blocking me from viewing them (my best guess).

    It doesn't spin-down the drive, but it stops the wear and tear from the TiVo always buffering something on every tuner, when I don't want/need it to.

    Since I always disable the acoustics setting on all my TiVo drives, it is very easy to hear that the drive goes from thrashing all the time, to nearly silent, unless it is performing Guide Data indexing, Garbage Collection, or other automatic maintenance of some sort.

    Using Standby Mode also helps more, since it shuts down all AV output, further reducing the TiVo's load.
  3. mattack

    mattack New Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    This has been discussed endlessly... however, to repeat yet again...

    1) To prevent EASes from wrecking recordings. In my current house, I have *several* "monthly required tests"... they seem to USUALLY happen at around midnight, but not always.. and I'm recording late night talk shows at that point.. so it ruins recordings.

    If they're in standby, it won't ruin them.. (But admittedly, mine usually AREN'T in standby, since I'm watching something.)

    2) to turn off the video outputs. This may be useful for some people, with e.g. auto-switchers or something. (Long long ago in the fog of time, it was useful to be able to daisy-chain THROUGH a Tivo with the coax output..)

    3) Not much of an issue anymore IMHO, now that we have more tuners and a real free space indicator, but supposedly it does away with the "need to not touch the remote for X hour(s)" timer to record new suggestions. Since I was one of those who used suggestions as a free space indicator, it mattered.
  4. captain5

    captain5 New Member

    Sep 4, 2013
    I just got my Romio today and I would love to give some feedback on it but when I tried to set it up the remote wouldn't work right. I could hit select and it would work but the left and right buttons would not.
    Spent an hour on the phone with tech support and to his credit he tried everything to get it working again but no luck Have to send me a new one.
    What really chaps my a$$ is that they can't upgrade to one day shipping on a warranty replacement. Only one day shipping with new purchase. Since I didn't want to be without TV for 5 or 6 days, already took my cable box back to Comcast and got my M-CARD, how dumb was that, I had to spring for a new remote AND overnight shipping. Ouch.
    So far not real thrilled with how this is starting out.
    OK rant over.
  5. Beryl

    Beryl Active Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    It might have been better to just pick up a cheap universal remote to use while waiting for the warranty replacement. The TiVo definition for remotes are the same for the older and new TiVos. My Harmony Remote, for example, works on both my Series 3 -5 TiVos.
  6. captain5

    captain5 New Member

    Sep 4, 2013
    I asked about that. It will only work after the initial setup. Then I can change to my Harmony. Great idea though.:D
  7. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    Why would it only work after setup? The IR codes for the arrows and select button are the same the whole time, including during setup.
  8. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    One of the big new features of the Roamio is that it has a RF remote, as opposed to IR-only. If the TiVo requires the RF to work FIRST, the IR-capability of other TiVo IR remotes, as well as universal IR remotes is useless.
  9. apw2607

    apw2607 New Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    That's not true. I never even took the new tivo remote out the box to set up my Roamio. Just used my universal sony remote which is IR
  10. Rose4uKY

    Rose4uKY Member

    Mar 28, 2003
    We got our Roamio yesterday after only having the Premiere for 3 weeks which were returning. We know there's lots of better features. We went from Premiere 2TB to the Roamio Plus. The Netflix is better it's like the Netflix app on my my boyfriends Roku. Watching Netflix on the Premiere it would mess up and try to find a signal and it kept going in and out. But it sure is fast. I like how it has what to watch now and you can see all movies that are on now. The remote being RF my boyfriend likes that it's hard for me to get used to the small remote and today it took me a minute to find record.

    Only thing I don't like is the Remote and my old Series 3 didn't do this neither but I have a Samsung Home theater surround system and I wish the Tivo remote would mute and do volume for it. Tivo tried helping me today but it didn't work they said I need to buy there learning remote but I dont want to do that. But so far we love the Roamio did have problems with TWC and getting it paired and they wanted to send someone out. We just took the card out of the Premiere and put it in the Roamio and then after getting them to try pairing one more time it finally worked. We like it a lot and I love having the minis. I'm sure there won't be any conflicts this fall between both of us recording shows.
  11. Devx

    Devx New Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    If the UPS facility isn't too far then you could have them hold the package there as well. It would at least put the delivery on your schedule instead of theirs. Creating an account is free and doesn't even require a call to redirect packages for holding instead of delivery.

    Not sure about your area but UPS is exceptionally bad here, a residential delivery after 6pm is common and even after 7 is not unheard of. FedEx does a bit better.
  12. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Does the Roamio finally get rid of the ads on top (discovery bar)?
    That's the only reason I use the SD menu on my menu on the premiere
    I want HD My shows filling up the screen, not a little box on the botton left of the screen and ads on the top.
  13. GmanTiVo

    GmanTiVo give me more options

    Mar 8, 2003
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Sorry if the question was asked before or somewhere else, can Roamio owners confirm/deny if the classic TiVo peanut Glo remote (Tivo part #C00212) works (or can be made to work in some way) with the new boxes?


  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The UPS facility is in Sparks, NV about 40 minutes from here, each way. Plus most days they deliver around 3:00pm. I think this was an exception because it was after a holiday weekend.
  15. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Nope. It's still there. But honestly you get use to it. And occasionally something will catch my eye and I actually record something it suggests. (Real ads are actually pretty rare)
  16. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Yep have one sitting on my coffee table right now. Works fine. The Roamio still has IR sensors and uses all the same remote commands. The remote it ships with just defaults to RF mode. You can even put the Roamio remote into IR mode if you want.

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    New York
    I haven't seen one yet, but at that price a backlight and solid feel should be included...
  18. scottvf

    scottvf New Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    I'm not talking about cold booting (pay attention) I'm talking about not writing to it 24/7. there's a difference. Your in tech support look at your script.
  19. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    Smyrna, GA
    Finally got this done. For some reason it took a while before I could confirm the IR commands with my Roamio. So now I can use my Harmony with both my Tivo HD and my Roamio. Only bad thing is that somehow during the whole process I lost all my custom mapping for my Tivo HD. No big deal I guess, I'll just have to remap. I'll need to do it for the Roamio as well. The default mapping for the 880 just doesn't cut it.
  20. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    The Roamio RF remote works with my Denon receiver for volume up/down and mute. It works the same as any of my other TiVo remotes.
    The TiVo remotes also work with my Sony 2.1 speaker bar and my Sony 3.1 speaker bar.

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