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should i keep my tivo premiere when i get the roamio & mini?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by celtic pride, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    I doubt you'll ever see the Premiere or any other "full" TiVo given the ability to "borrow" a tuner on another TiVo for channel surfing.
  2. BP-isMe

    BP-isMe Member

    Dec 16, 2003
    I don't expect it either...but you never know!

  3. supersportsfan

    supersportsfan New Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    I got it at launch.

    Interesting. I would take the $99 deal in a heartbeat, so maybe I will get lucky and get that offer. I did the current upgrade deal, which specifically includes transferring over your grandfathered plan to the new box, so hopefully I won't have an issue with that.
  4. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    I use my old Premier for OTA with a home made antenna that works pretty well, but if it ever dies, I'm sure I'll happily replace it with a mini instead and forget OTA. I bought lifetime with it so there is no monthly subscription to think about.
  5. ncfoster

    ncfoster Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    I'm weighing the same options. The OTA part is something that I always intended to take advantage of on the Premiere, but I never installed the outdoor antenna that I bought, as I don't want to go up on my high roof. So, that is a consideration, but I am more concerned with how easy it is for my wife to do things like watch shows that are recorded on the Roamio. Even though I know that it can be done on either the Premiere or the Mini, am I right to assume that it is much more seamless on a Mini?
  6. supersportsfan

    supersportsfan New Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    Just to update about activating my Roamios and potentially keeping my Premiere, I called, and the guy was really nice and swapped my plans in about 2 minutes. He didn't mention lifetime-ing my old Premiere for $99, but I asked him if they were offering anything like that right now. He said "that's a good question," looked it up, and said "it looks like you have had this box about 4 years, and after 3 years we can do lifetime for $99." So I took it!

    So, it's worth a shot to ask if you are swapping boxes!
  7. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    With me it all came down to cost as I expect Apple and everyone else to continually offer new video options. And with Tivos' announcement this week of looking to cloud based DVRs I'd be hesitant to plop down for new Tivo boxes with lifetime. Even with TIvo, I'm still tied to the cablecos which I dislike, with their switched video, glitchy tuning adapters, no copying or streaming (TWC).

    Since I never had a Tivo before now, I'm very happy with my used Premieres. I got an unused lifetimed XL4 with ext warranty for $225. and my used Premiere basic I used for 3 months got lifetimed for $99 when I added the XL4.
    2 faster Roamios with these options would be well over $1300.

    I will be sad if Tivo alters their course much anytime soon, but buying Lifetime on new boxes seems to be a weightier decision than it was before.
  8. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    You can stream from a Premiere/Roamio to another, even if the recording is copy protected, just cannot copy.
  9. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    I guess I could have said no direct streaming to an iOS device or copying files to a Mac or to another Tivo. TWC blocks about 90%.
    Yes I do sharing between boxes.
  10. Game Master

    Game Master New Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    I got my mom the TiVo mini last Christmas because she likes the TiVo menu, the Premiere (with lifetime) in my bedroom hooked up to me 1TB DVD player, and the Roamio Pro (coming this Tuesday) will be in the dinning room

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