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Roamio S5 TiVo reviews and facts

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bradleys, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Purchased the lowest model+free stream+lifetime on the phone. The rep gave me the "one time" deal to lifetime my inactive HD for $99. :up:

    Now to decide whether to sell or donate both of my lifetime HD boxes. I figure I could write off a LOT more ($450 & $650, respectively) than I could ever sell them and it might be worth it to avoid the hassle. Either way, my Roamio splurge is covered.
  2. brianric

    brianric Active Member

    Aug 29, 2002
    Pennsville, NJ
    Last $40, no sales tax, free shipping pushed me over the edge.
  3. Kolenka

    Kolenka New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    I would have preferred Amazon myself, with Prime shipping, but I missed the window. I also broke down and ordered from TiVo before Amazon listed the stock.

    I tend to avoid Best Buy for day one purchases. Their launch of products has become very spotty, and they keep their retail staff in the dark intentionally now. Not too helpful.

    Note that the "Mastered for 4K" line is still 1080p. The Oppo Blu-Ray player you linked doesn't play 4K, but up converts 1080p to 4K. Oh, and a DVD is still SD last time I checked, even when mastered from a 4K source.

    I'm still waiting to even see real 4k content I can buy and own.
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Those are mastered in 4K titles. I own several of them. They most certainly have nothing to do with with 4K. They are basically like the SuperBit DVDs were. Higher bandwidth encodes with out a bunch of extras on the disc. Some look better than the previous releases and some don't. But they are all encoded at 1080P.

    And the vast majority of BD players cannot upscale to 4K. Some of the more expensive ones can. But if someone has a 4K display, then their display can also upscale to 4K. If I had a five figure, 4K display, I would probably rely on the display upscaling over the $500 BD player upscaling.
  5. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    I sold both my lifetime HD's for $350 each on Ebay, so that was $700 I got for them. That was back before the Roamio was even being talked about.
  6. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Amazon had stock, they just sold out earlier today. They shipped mine today for tomorrow delivery.
  7. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs
    Yes. Shows, SPs, ARWL, Thumbs, etc. I've long wished they had a "Migration Assistant". Going from my THD XL > Premiere wasn't worth it for me. The Roamio is compelling, but being able to automatically "clone" my THD would make it even more compelling.
  8. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    that's what happens when someone with dyslexia knows keyboard short cuts....:eek:
  9. Crrink

    Crrink Active Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Hm, nice deal... I placed an order online, but called to ask if they'd do the same for me, and was surprised that they would for the 2 HD's I still have on my account - no luck for the one Premiere.
    They're all on the $6.95 MSD plan, so I'm not 100% sure I did the right thing - wondering if I could have transferred that pricing to a Roamio bought somewhere besides TiVo.
    Quick, someone tell me I can't so I'll feel better about my decision :)
  10. P42

    P42 New Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Spend the $99 *2 on putting Lifetime on the HDs, then flip them on ebay for $250+ each. This will take the sting out of the Roamio pricing.
  11. wco81

    wco81 Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    San Jose, CA
    How essential is the extended warranty?

    Does it cover you if you had upgraded the drive and there's the inevitable drive failure?

    Even if the drive fails, would they replace the bigger drive? And of course, you lose your recordings regardless?
  12. ncbill

    ncbill Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Western NC
    3TB WD AV-GP drives are $150 (sadly, no 4TB AV-GP drive yet)

    Predictions on how long it will take until MFS/JMFS are updated to support the new models?
  13. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    Hopefully since Seagate has a 4TB AV drive, Western Digital will soon follow.
  14. zgamer

    zgamer New Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    If you already have HDs, why buy a mini? Seems to be a wash, loose extra recording capabilities and gain some streaming capabilities
  15. amseven11

    amseven11 New Member

    Dec 24, 2011
    Ordered mine lastnight they shipped today so for anyone wondering they are is no delay in shipping at the moment.
  16. bayern_fan

    bayern_fan New Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Ordered mine earlier this afternoon from Tivo, and it shipped in the evening with a UPS Ground tracking number.

    Expected delivery date of Monday in NY. Waiting is the hardest part...
  17. Millionaire2K

    Millionaire2K New Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Ordered very early on the 20th and it shipped UPS ground this afternoon. Delivery Friday in PA.
  18. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Mine shipped via FedEx and arrived in Memphis at 10:17pm ET. It'll be here tomorrow. I ordered from Amazon.
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    No they wont cover your bigger drive. If the drive fails and you upgraded the drive you have to fix it yourself.

    The extended warranty is important for two things... 1) If you have lifetime and the power supply or mobo goes then you'll get a new unit with the lifetime transferred. 2) If you sell the unit before the warranty is up you typically get a bit more money because it's transferable.

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