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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. russg

    russg UID=0

    Apr 14, 2002
    Newport News VA
    Wow, its been a long time since I posted here. I moved from 2 series one and 1 series two Directivos to a Roamio Plus and Tivo Mini on FiOS. I don't know that I am in a good position to rate the Roamio because I've missed a lot.

    I really like this and I'm still exploring. I have all of my systems on gig-e copper and the mini just rocks. The Roamio has more features than I can get used to so far and I'm really digging Kmttg. I bought em with lifetime subs but I can already see I may be having to drop a 3GB drive in the plus pretty soon. Not having HD before wasn't a big deal to me but since I have it now I'm using it and boy it eats some storage.

    Well, that's it for an old timer back after a long happy time with some very old Tivos.
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    I finally turned in my second to last cable card. Now I'm finally down to only one cable card(And just at the right time too since FiOS is increasing cable card prices to $5 a month). At one point I had eight cable cards with FiOS along with two on Comcast. So I've been looking forward to this day for a while.

    The only bad thing is that now I am completely reliant on my Roamio Pro for recordings. Although I do have a two tuner Premiere for OTA only but I don't have any SPs setup on it.

    So far my Roamio Pro has worked great. So hopefully it continues to run for many years like all my previous TiVos have.

    Do I need to uninstall the old version first, or can this newer version install over top of the old one?
  3. moyekj

    moyekj Active Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Mission Viejo, CA
    You can just unzip over the previous one and override older files.
  4. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    Thanks jmpage. Sometimes I think people think that electronic devices are just a big box with one board in it with one big IC Chip on it and if that happens to be the same chip as something else, then they must work exactly the same! Do they not realize that there are literally TONS of extraneous supporting ICs and components that work in conjunction with the main processing chips, and they ALL can effect outcome, not to mention the quality of the manufacturing, the connections, traces, wires etc and the software and firmware to run said chips!
  5. evanborkow

    evanborkow New Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    :up: :up: :up: for moyekj and wmcbrine!
  6. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

    Apr 5, 2010
    Absolutely... and most especially for supporting Linux compatible software
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Well this sucks. I went to look at TV from one of my Minis and it didn't have a connection to the Roamio. I had made a change last night to switch the DHCP lease time from 3600 seconds to 36000 seconds so at first I thought maybe I was having some network issue. But then I checked the Roamio Pro and it was on the start screen.

    So I unplug it and plug it back in and the same screen pops up and the drive is making some funky noises. So I've tried a couple of times with the same result.

    So my Roamio Pro is dead. And I guess all the recordings I had on it(it was 67% full last night) are gone. I wonder if there was an issue with the hard drive when it reached a certain sector? Anyway I'm going to have to exchange it at BestBuy this morning. I'm transferring my SPs to my Elite right now.

    It's still within the 60 day return period at BestBuy(or is it 45 now?) and within the 30 day period for Lifetime. So I'll have them give me a credit and buy a new one and start over from scratch.

    EDIT: At least the SP transfers show up in less than a minute so I'm glad transferring SPs are so easy now.
  8. uw69

    uw69 Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    That is very unfortunate. Glad your still within the return window.
  9. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    Missed it by >< that much! :( Sorry to hear you;re having issues. Any HD upgrades in there?
  10. DaveDFW

    DaveDFW Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Richardson, TX
    As long as the drive isn't totally dead, you could try to dd_rescue the failed drive to a new drive to preserve as much as possible. Though with 3tb, that's a long recovery process.
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    So I'm here at Bestbuy and it boots up. I tried it several times at home and even tried it at a different location and it stayed stuck on the startup screen.

    Trying to get triple points on the new purchase since they made it difficult to get a plus.
  12. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    I really must have jinxed myself when I said my Pro was working great.

    I was thinking about getting a plus but for me to keep the 3 yeras no interest I would have had to get a gift card that could only be used at magnolia. Then I thought about getting a Plus and a basic but Magnolia doesn't sell the basic. The regular BestBuy sells them.

    So I just ended up getting another Pro and hopefully I'll be able to get my triple reward points from the Birthday coupon I had.
  13. jmbissell

    jmbissell New Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    I'm coming from a TiVo HD and have had my Roamio for about two weeks. The menus all seem fine to me except for the learning curve of where things are that have moved or been renamed. A few questions/comments:

    1) The 30-sec skip function on the HD does a true skip. On the Roamio it basically does a 30-sec fast forward, showing the 30-secs of skipped program at high speed. Personally, I prefer just skipping the commercial, not seeing it at all. Is there a way to get this behavior back?

    2) The Record by Time, Record by Channel, and Manual Recording all now have a bright yellow background on the selections. In two cases the text is in white, making it very hard to see the selection. The other (I believe Manual Recording) has black on yellow which is at least visible.

    3) The ability to list all of the webcasts seems to be gone. I can search for a known webcast (e.g. Tekzilla) but the only place I see a list of all the available webcasts is on the TiVo site. Am I missing something somewhere?

    Several folks with TiVo HDs have commented on how much faster the Roamio interface is. While I'm sure it's much better than the Series 4/Premieres, which I have never seen, I don't find the Roamio to be nearly as responsive as the HD.

    I bought the Roamio for the four tuners (didn't need 6) but I really don't see much else to get excited about over the HD. And the HD came with a manual, which was also useful.

    BTW, I had no trouble using the website to copy my SPs over to the Roamio. And I was able to easily transfer the shows that were already recorded on the HD to the Roamio directly. If only I hadn't had to spend three hours over 2 days w/ Charter to get the cable card working. :(
  14. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    1 - You can recover 30-sec skip by hitting - "Select-Play-Select-3-0-Select" on your remote while playing back a recording. It's a toggle, but is now retained after a reboot.

    2 - This issue has been reported. Marget said will be addressed in next update

    3 - You can search for your favorite webcasts right in the Find TV > Search utility. Results from all sources are merged together. Tekzilla is in there! You can manage your download season passes from Manage Recordings > Download Manager

    4 - You should see a very NOTICEABLE performance boost with your new Roamio. I did, even from my Premier XL4!

    Good luck!
  15. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

    Nov 27, 2006
    chicago, il
    3 - I think he knows that, but wants a full list of all webcasts in a menu.
  16. jmbissell

    jmbissell New Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    1) Thanks, I was going to try it but didn't want to screw anything up.

    2) Good to know. How does this stuff make it past any kind of UI testing?

    3) I really wanted to be able to browse rather than have to search. I've found lots of new stuff that way on the HD./ Looks like the website is the only way to browse now.
    I did find Tekzilla via Search but it is showing the latest program as 2/14/13! It did not show any new episodes past that though my HD is still faithfully recording new Tekzillas twice a week. Ditto for the website, if you don't get a 404 error. HD Nation has completely disappeared from the website. Again, the SP for it on the TiVo HD is working fine.
    I have reported this to both Revision3 and TiVo.
  17. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    3 - Try "FindTV > WebVideo Hotlist" (at the end of the list), via Launchpad. There is a pretty exhaustive list of webcasts there!

    But, you cannot setup a download season pass from there...
  18. mike1273

    mike1273 New Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Just to let newcomers know that success can happen. My Plus arrived yesterday. Usual issue pairing with the Motorola card from my Ceton unit with Suddenlink.

    Plus started easily. Put in 30 second FF. OK.

    Recorded six stations at once, played them back.

    The Plus has no pixelation, just performs!

    Fast scan through the guide.

    But much, much slower channel scans than my HDHHomeRunPlus units via Media Center.

    Great streaming to iPad.

  19. jmbissell

    jmbissell New Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Not sure why the ability to browse & then schedule was removed. Maybe that happened in the Premiere line and isn't new to Roamio.

    I tried the old Skip setup and it still shows what it is skipping over rather than just moving ahead 30 seconds.
  20. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    I'm still in the guided setup process with my replacement Roamio Pro. But at least the RF remote has the same excellent range as my first one did.

    I still wonder why the other Pro crapped out right after it had filled up 2TB of the 3TB of available storage. Although I do wish I would have been able to get the Plus or the Plus and the basic version. But I wanted to keep the three years no interest financing. If I would have been able to use the Magnolia gift card in the entire BestBuy store I wouldn't have had a problem.

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