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Roamio owner initial feedback

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

  1. Rob the elder

    Rob the elder New Member

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    The Romeo lost connectivity yesterday twice . . .again. The Mini stopped connecting during the football game. The Stream continues to provide no functionality.

    I finally gave up. After two weeks working with TIVO tech support I cancelled my service and am shipping all the hardware back to TIVO for a refund.

    The software does not work. Period. End of sentence.

    I refuse to pay to be a beta tester for their new systems.

    Too bad, the concept is great. The implementation, at least for me, is very poor.
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Sorry you had issues but the Roamio and Minis work great here. The only issue I ran into was with a green switch my Roamio Pro was connected to. Which was easily rectified by replacing it with a non-green switch.
     
  3. tivogurl

    tivogurl New Member

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    Green switch?

    I did notice yesterday that my Roamio spuriously claimed it couldn't connect to TiVo. Doing a "Test Connection" ran just fine, and removed that error.
     
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    ptr727

    ptr727 New Member

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    jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    I think you would find that most would disagree with your blog comment that the interface on the TiVo Roamio looks "almost the same" as the interface on TiVos from seven years ago.

    I don't know much about the Verizon interface, perhaps it's truly awesome. What I do know is that many who are devoted fans of TiVo appreciate some of the features that other DVRs don't do, such as suggestions, wish lists, unified search, etc.

    If none of that matters, then for most consumers it will be most cost effective to simply go with whatever their cable provider offers by way of rental equipment.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2013 #626 of 661
    NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

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    I quickly glanced through your blog post and you have some mistakes in there. One, there is a way to go back to full screen once the video is in the window. It's the zoom button. Works just fine. Second, I'm pretty sure the video window works fine when you're watching a recording. It shouldn't switch to Live TV. If you're watching a recording and you press the Tivo button the video window will keep your recording. THen just press the zoom button to go back to your recording. Also, the pause button works as the stop button. Just pause the show and go where ever you want to go on the UI. No need for a stop button. Also switching tuners works much better on the Tivo as you can pause live tuners and switch back and forth which is very helpful for watching sports. Another Tivo improvement are the shortcuts on the remote (Tivo and 2 for the to do list, Tivo and Tivo again for the My shows list...). I'm sure there are many more improvements in the Tivo UI over the Fios DVR but I don't have the time now to go through them all. You'll probably learn them in time as you get used to the UI.

    Like all products that you use for the first time, you need a little time to get used to it. But I feel that once you get used to it, you'll enjoy the Tivo much more than the Fios DVR.

    My Mom has a Fios DVR and I've found it to be pretty terrible. Just kind of clunky and non-intuitive. It's your classic basic cable DVR but with whole home streaming. One thing that really pissed me off was when watching the Super Bowl a few years ago. We were recording the game and watching it about 20 minutes behind. When the recording ended, instead of just continuing the game from the point where the recording ended on the live buffer, it jumped to the current live TV point. Needless to say that it spoiled the end of the Super Bowl. Also, earlier we had issues where the DVR wasn't saving the pause point and was resuming the recording from the beginning every time we restarted the recording. Was very annoying.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2013 #627 of 661
    ptr727

    ptr727 New Member

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    I just tested this again; watch on basic, play a show recorded on the pro, press TiVo, the feed in the embedded window switches to live TV, not the show I was watching.

    I agree the FiOS DVR used to be pretty awful two years ago, but the current version does work really well, and I find the menu system very intuitive, very responsive, and HD all the time.

    I'm sure the TiVo will grow on me, but other than more tuners and more storage, I don't think the Roamio is really that impressive.

    P.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2013 #628 of 661
    NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

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    It could be that happens when you watch a show from a different DVR. I don't believe it acts like that when watching a recording from that same DVR.

    I tihnk the Tivo stuff will grow on you. THings like the unified search and the episode guides have been very helpful to me (though they really need to add Amazon Prime streaming) not to mention the very useful app, ios streaming, and computer archiving/transferring options.
     
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    matt.macgibbon

    matt.macgibbon New Member

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    Not happy - When i watch netflix, it reboots the tivo occasionally. i never had a premiere, but this has happened 3 times in the last 2 days. i have it hard wired.

    should i return it and go back to using my series 3? (HD XL?)
     
  10. Oct 1, 2013 #630 of 661
    moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Earlier on there was an issue with 1080p/24 causing Netflix reboots but I thought the 1st Roamio software update was supposed to address that. But if you do have 1080p/24 output enabled in TiVo Video settings you may try turning it off for now to see if it helps. I haven't used Netflix much lately but so far haven't suffered any reboots for my Roamio when I did use it.
     
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    aaronwt

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    I've used Netflix around twenty times, over the last five days, on my Romaio Pro. And did not have any reboots. My Romaio Pro is now my preferred device to watch Netflix streaming. The streams ramp up quickly to SuperHD and stay there. I only wish the Roamio had access to the 3D Netflix streams too.
     
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    moyekj

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    That's my experience too lately. I get 1080p/24 resolution right away and then in a few seconds the bit rate revs up and the feed looks very nice. The Netflix client on Roamio is a HUGE improvement over the series 4 client.
     
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    A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud New Member

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    Are you saying that Roamios won't do 3D on Netflix?
     
  14. Oct 1, 2013 #634 of 661
    aaronwt

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    I only know that the 3D streams aren't an option. I have a bunch of titles in my queue that are available for streaming in 3D. If I use my Sony 3D BD players, those titles will show "3D" next to the "Super HD" at the title screen(the screen that shows audio options, subtitles, etc). And when I start the stream it asks if I want to view it in 3D. On the Roamio, like most Netflix players, only "Super HD" shows up at the title screen and of course it doesn't ask you if you want to play it in 3D.
     
  15. Oct 2, 2013 #635 of 661
    gt7610c

    gt7610c New Member

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    woah I didn't know Netflix added 3D streaming. Might have to pick it up for a month again. Is there a separate section or have they made it impossible to find what limited titles they offer in the format? I noticed instantwatcher doesn't list 3D as a category (yet?). I assume/hope the PS3 Netflix client can view 3D content?
     
  16. Oct 3, 2013 #636 of 661
    aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    The PS3 can view 3D content but it can't output 3D from Netflix in 1080P, it's limited to 720P. Another limitation from such an old platform. Just like the PS3 can't output Dolby TrueHD from a 3D BD either.

    For the 3D titles I had looked at a thread somewhere to find a bunch of 3D titles to add to my queue. I added a bunch early this year. But I think you also need to find the 3D titles from a player that has access to them and can play the 3D titles.
     
  17. Oct 5, 2013 #637 of 661
    bbrown9

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    This is happening to me too. I have the last version of the software and it rebooted while I was watching Netflix twice tonight.
     
  18. carrera

    carrera New Member

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    Long lost Tivo user here (see my registration date here!)...after several years with Dish we ditched it and picked up a Roamio Pro and a couple of Minis. After some set up glitches, have been really happy with it. Still re-learning things. One glitch that has bugged us is that we've had to reprogram the Guide several times. I uncheck SD and other channels, and then a few days later they reappear on the guide. I'm sure there's a fix for that, but I haven't found it yet.
     
  19. synch22

    synch22 New Member

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    Installed my second mini today and decided to sell the loyal s3 original. I feel like the channel changing on the mini has gotten slower compared to when I had only one mini.

    Am I imagining this? Is there more strain on the moca as you expand with mini's.
     
  20. Leon WIlkinson

    Leon WIlkinson TiVo Gone Wild

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    Do you have the live guide options set to all or my channels? or do you mean the channel list under setting?
     

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