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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    There are two types of issues, unfinished design and a given TiVo that has a problem unique to that TiVo (a bad something or other), that what the warranty is for, however the latter is still a PITA.
     
  2. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Nothing wrong with that. I waited on the Premiere and still got burned a little (ok not much as I got a really good deal on a new Premiere with lifetime). But because of the issues I have with the Premiere and OTA reception I ended up having to keeping all my units.

    Now with the Roamio working so well :D I need to figure out how much of the 5+TBs of shows I have on 3 older TiVos I really want :p and then buy enough drives :( to move the shows to my computers so I can sell the older units.
     
  3. headless chicken

    headless chicken Member

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    See, I caved and bought a Premiere Elite last year when it was on sale to make way for the rebranded XL4. Oddly enough, the unit I got happened to be an XL4 but I absolutely hated the thing and returned it within a week. The new interface and severe lag times were awful.

    The Roamio has a stupid name and won't win any prizes for its aesthetics, but it seems to be an improvement over the Premiere line. I'll buy mine once all the major issues are all worked out and the price drops by at least 33%.
     
  4. jmbissell

    jmbissell Member

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    I have been using my URC MX-500 universal remote but have started to use the TiVo remote since I have two TiVos for now and need to have them as 1 and 2. RF may be a bit faster than IR but I don't really notice it. I still don't see a major speed difference from the TiVo HD but I never had any issues w/ the speed of that box. No annoying lag in the 5 years I've been using it.
     
  5. jmbissell

    jmbissell Member

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    I was easily able to find/schedule all of my TiVo HD pod/webcasts on the Roamio by using the Search function. However, Tekzilla and HD Nation are not showing new programs (Feb is the last one for Tekzilla) even though the HD continues to download the latest episodes. The online TiVo Web Videos list does not even show HD Nation now and trying to access Tekzilla just tells me there are no videos available after spinning for 5 minutes. Not sure what is going on.
    I do miss the ability to browse available webcasts directly on the Roamio.
     
  6. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Yes the search works fine if you know what you want to sub to. I had/have the same issue with Tekzilla if I check on my Roamio, if you check on the web the current shows are there. For some reason HDNation is listed under the HD Shows but not the tech shows on the web site. I really love this feature of my TiVo, but it feels like TiVo is blowing it off and for me the web site is painful to use.
     
  7. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Me too. So far, this is the best out-of-the-box TiVo experience ever. And I have experienced pretty much every model. Is it perfect? No. I still have quite a few gripes, but I have will *every* model.

    I probably should have gotten the Plus instead of the Pro, but whatever. They should have finished the Slide 2 remote and bundled that with the Pro.
     
  8. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    You might be waiting a looooooooooong time if past performance is any indication of future returns.

    As for price- don't hold your breath. The majority of the cost is the lifetime service, and that is very VERY unlikely to change. Perhaps the plus/pro might drop a little, but hardly enough to matter in the big picture.

    The speed and font readability of the Roamio, ALONE, makes it worth the upgrade to me.
     
  9. headless chicken

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    I can always buy a used unit with lifetime off CL or ebay in the future. I got my S3 OLED upgraded with 1TB drive and Lifetime service for around $450 and it was in perfect condition.
     
  10. Devx

    Devx New Member

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    Even if there were somehow an issue that caused the Pro to freeze up due to transfers, it still should not have caused the hard drive to have an issue. I would expect that the transfer would need to be restarted and there might be partial recordings, not that the entire drive would suddenly fail.
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    It did boot up at the Best Buy store. But it wouldn't the several times I tried it at home. The replacement one is working great though. So I can't really complain.
     
  12. JimPa

    JimPa S3 owner/user

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    I've always been a bit suspect of my Tivo S3 stacked on top of the Dish 722 receiver...due to the heat. As we know, heat is an enemy of electronics.

    This time around, I'd like to do something to add more of an air gap between the Roamio and the Dish 722.

    Googling component stacker didn't give me anything of any use.

    Has anyone come up with a way to add a little space between components short of just sawing up some 1"X 1" X 1" blocks of wood and using them?

    P.S. Roamio came in Wednesday afternoon. Plugged everything in and it worked fine. Only hiccup was transferring season passes and that was due to Tivo's website being temporarily down. When it came up again, transfer was pretty easy. Only complaint is that bright green light. I like having a light there and don't want to turn it off. Have some "light dims" left over and will apply one to lower the brightness.
     
  13. aristoBrat

    aristoBrat Active Member

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    When my original Pro failed, it also wouldn't boot. TiVo had me remove the cable card, and then it would boot up, but still didn't act right (i.e. it would glitch playing shows that I know recorded fine).

    If you didn't have a cable card in it at Best Buy, wonder if that's why it booted.

    Glad you got yours replaced so quickly. The Pros are still showing as unavailable at any of the stores within 100 miles where I live.
     
  14. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Are these an actual product, or a home made solution?
     
  15. JimPa

    JimPa S3 owner/user

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    It's an actual product found here..... http://www.lightdims.com/

    Be sure to order the right ones. The first ones I ordered totally blocked the light. Had to reorder the other kind that reduces most of it.
     
  16. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I had five light Dims on my First Roamio Pro. They were a pain to take off before I returned it. I have not put any more Light Dims on the replacement yet. The red recording lights and the yellow light that flashes bother me the most. The yellow is the worst though since every time there is a button press on the remote it flashes. I had to put two light dims over top of the yellow circle so it could barely be seen.
     
  17. jmbissell

    jmbissell Member

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    Thanks for the pointer to the "HD" section. The shows there are the new ones while the Tekzilla shows under the "Technology" section are stale and HD Nation is missing completely. I'll see if the shows actually get downloaded correctly. No idea why these don't show up correctly when searched from the TiVo itself. Instead, I just see the out-of-date shows.

    The website is painfully slow and often asks me to login when I'm already logged in. Then I'm often given an "Oops" error when trying to view episodes or schedule a SP. The website has never been snappy but it's gotten annoyingly slow and unreliable.
     
  18. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I had removed all cables and cable card at one point and it still wouldn't boot up. Before I took it too Best Buy I did move it around alot and had it at multiple angles trying to get the Light Dims off. At BestBuy they plugged it in at one TV but couldn't reach the HDMI input of the TV. SO they unplugged and moved it to another TV and when they connected it to the TV it came right up. At home it was stuck at the initial screen that pops up when it is first turned on. I don't know what the issue was as long as it doesn't happen with this one.

    My only other concern though is the old Pro still would have had access to all my streaming content. Although TiVo did deactivate it and it's sitting at the bottom of my TiVo list saying that it can be activated again.

    The other thing I ran across, I was talking to the Magnolia rep and he did say that TiVo requires any defective TiVos to be sent back to them. He said they are not allowed to repair it. So with the extended warranty they would need to replace it. JMPage had mentioned that before too, but I had also been told something different by a previous rep, so who knows.

    They were debating whether they should resell it or send it back to TiVo. And at the time I didn't think about the access to the streaming services on the box. Hopefully they will wipe the disc first if they resell it. Or just TiVo deactivating it is enough. Otherwise there is also still 2TB of content on the drive too.
     
  19. Ricco67

    Ricco67 New Member

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    I just purchased my Roamio Plus and I was surprised how much of an improvement it really was. A friend came over (not knowing we got a new TIVO) and wonders how our picture improved.

    One thing that does annoy me is that my Desktop software doesn't work, but then again, that laptop is dying.
     
  20. tonestert

    tonestert Member

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    Love my Roamio !
    The only issue I've had is when I transferred my shows from my Premiere the season and episode info did not transfer which is a pain.
     

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