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The (not so) silent majority - Happy with TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by The TiVo Dude, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. The TiVo Dude

    The TiVo Dude New Member

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    Lots of threads where we can see folks discuss/argue issues they are having...

    Call me a fanboy if you like, this is really good stuff!

    ...so anybody else psyched about Roamio/Minis?

    ...cable dvrs suck!
     
  2. ustavio

    ustavio New Member

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    I was quite happy with my Roamio Pro until:
    1. I used it for awhile and
    2. The multiple updates to "fix" issues rolled out. I was not experiencing issues that needed fixing until after the update "fixed" them. In other words, the "fix" actually created the issue for me (although it did fix it for some of those who originally had the issue).
    3. Netflix reboots. They come. They go. They're random. They're maddening. They don't have profiles anymore, unlike any other platform or device on the planet. I don't dare use while recording anything. I don't even use it anymore.

    Did I say I'm quite happy with my Roamio? Yes. I love the 6 tuners (despite the padding issue). I love the HDUI (except for the parts that still aren't HDUI). I like the storage capacity (for reals). I love the new RF remote (even though there is an intermittent screeching white noise when I use the guide). The cat does not like this part one bit. There is more. I could go on. But gushing on about my Roamio will only annoy those who have don't have flawless, problem free performance.

    I can, ironically, agree with both fan boys (fan persons?) and the disgruntled and disgusted. Frankly, I'm both. Overall, the Roamio is a fine product in the making. It's well-intended and once the entire community of TiVo owners beta tests it for several years or so, it should work fine for everyone.

    It does bother me when those who don't have any issues flame those who do. There are MANY posts on this forum from MANY owners who have various problems. We come here to find common ground and or solutions. If one has a network set up that has and is working just fine until one plugs a Roamio into it, then, in my view it is likely the Roamio that is the cog in the wheel. To suggest that someone rip out their entire network (especially to downgrade it) seems silly. Even TiVoMargret has posted here that most all the problems experienced are due to Roamio issues and NOT OUR FAULT (despite what the CSR may say).

    Sometimes, yes, a faulty part of network hardware can create a problem. And yes, sometimes it was working fine before and just happened to malfunction after installing a Roamio. Sometimes, it can be an older TV or cable runs or this or that. BUT, if I yank out my Roamio and plug in my TiVo HD or Premiere and it works just fine, what does that tell me? If I put a new light bulb in and it doesn't work, do I re-wire the house and replace the power panel? I could, but I'll try it in another socket and/or try another bulb first. It could just be a bad bulb (even though it is a new one).

    I have a lot of devices and platforms and they all work well with my network. The Roamio doesn't play well. I have spent months trying, consulting, tweaking (at times even twerking) but issues persist. I will probably keep my Roamio for the recording/storage capability but it is not a product I would recommend at this stage.

    Consider yourself very fortunate if you have never experienced any issues. But be mindful, that any update at anytime could convert the most loyal fan's glee into raving lunacy. And the ultimate irony will be if you come to this community for help or simply to vent frustration.....and get flamed.
     
  3. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Paradise...
    Bravo ustavio,.....Bravo!!!! (Standing ovation)
     
  4. mburnno

    mburnno New Member

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    Wow that is an awesome post dude! I think you about covered all the bases there. Hey about that twerking statement, you wouldn't happen to be a Miley Cyrus fan would you. ;)
     
  5. MikePA1

    MikePA1 New Member

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    'Venting frustration' in a discussion forum accomplishes nothing. However, clearly others believe it does.
     
  6. jimmypowder

    jimmypowder New Member

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    And this from the ultimate flamer.When I was venting my frustrations with OOH streaming and asked you for solutions ,you provided nothing
    .But you did get the entire thread closed .Congrats.
     
  7. uw69

    uw69 Member

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    A thread about happy TiVo owners and the unsilent minority can't resist spreading the word about their TiVo issues. Start your own thread!

    I suspect this thread will be locked soon.
     
  8. ustavio

    ustavio New Member

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    That would be a .....no. :cool:
     
  9. ustavio

    ustavio New Member

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    Perhaps a poor choice of wording. Maybe "express dismay" is better. Or one could preface one's frus...er, dismay with "I apologize in advance if it sounds like I'm venting frustration (substitute expressing dismay) here (because I know this is a discussion forum and venting frustration (insert expressing dismay) accomplishes nothing) but.......(insert product issue that is cause of....frus...er, dismay).

    How does a Community Forum differ from a Discussion Forum? Community, in my view, includes Discussion (in all its forms). Discussion doesn't necessarily embrace the spirit of Community (although it can). There tends to be more pontification in Discussion Forums. Less tolerance. Less empathy. I prefer Community like here in the....TiVo Community Forum.
     
  10. ustavio

    ustavio New Member

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    I'm quite happy with my TiVo....except for a few things. ;)
     
  11. jimmypowder

    jimmypowder New Member

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    Sorry to rain on your Tivo lovefest .It really is a worthless thread anyway.

    All the thread does is imply the Tivo is flawless .Hardly would be my response.
     
  12. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    I'm glad someone made this thread, only thing that could improve it would be some poll options.


    Since folks not having issues are horribly under-represented in most forums, having a positive thread is always welcome.
     
  13. Mike Lang

    Mike Lang Administrator Staff Member Administrator TCF Club

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    Reminder: Post about products and services. Do NOT post negatively about other members.
     
  14. dcpmark

    dcpmark New Member

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    Roamio Pro + 3 Minis + Fios + MoCA = happiness for me. This is what the DVR experience should have been all along. Just need folders to organize everything and PROPER Amazon support for the Minis, and it would be perfect for me! :up:
     
  15. The TiVo Dude

    The TiVo Dude New Member

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    I'm not trying to imply TiVos - or Roamio are flawless. Plenty of good information posted in this thread and others that will prove that's not the case.

    My point was only to say, that the TV experience of Roamio + minis is working great for me.

    ...which I suppose is kinda of a pointless statement...

    :D
     
  16. elwaylite

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    I've owned a S2, S3 Premiere and Roamio Basic. All used ofor OTA recordings and Amazon VOD HD downloads of tv shows.

    The Basic is one of the best DVR's Ive ever owned for my usage, and the fact I could put my own HDD in so easily was a big win.
     
  17. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    Denver ish...
    I love all my TiVos as does my insignificant other. (In fact, I am afraid I am 3rd place behind her cat and a little boy she baby sits. )
    TiVo certainly isn't perfect, but what is?! I watch less TV but get much more out of it, and watch less commercials and topics on the news that I have no interest in.
     
  18. uw69

    uw69 Member

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    This was a poll earlier on Roamio user satisfaction:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=508915

    Results are pretty dramatic favoring the Roamio. It would be interesting to run the same poll after the Roamio has been out for a year to see if a significant change in opinion occurs.:)
     
  19. aristoBrat

    aristoBrat Active Member

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    My house is very happy with the current TiVo setup (Roamio Pro + 3 Minis).

    Everyone is beyond happy with the speed of the UI, having had a Premiere in the living room for years. I'm happy with the built-in MoCa networking support -- got to remove the external MoCa adapters (and cabling) that I was running on the previous TiVo setup. Very happy that the Minis in the bedrooms are utterly silent, are a fraction of the size of the "full" TiVos that they replaced, and that they don't require a cable card or tuning adapter. Much smaller/cleaner footprint (and saves money). Very happy that they use less power, also. Love having just one spot to setup the recordings, vs having the recordings spread across four different spots throughout the house. Didn't think anyone would use the streaming, but visiting family the last week, it got used a lot (downloading before we left, and OOH once we left the house).

    Flawless? Hardly. We have a Sony TV that causes a Mini to constantly reboot when the TV is powered off (fixed with a $9 HDMI switch), and the Minis will occasionally get disconnected towards the end of watching a show. There was also a big issue with getting the cable card paired with the Roamio until I lowered the SNR by putting multiple splitters in-line with it, and TiVo tech support was utterly useless figuring that out. I had no problem with the SNR level in the same location (using the same wires) with a S3, Premiere, and XL4. And I had to buy a Roku box to get Amazon Prime streaming because I was tired of waiting for TiVo/Amazon to move on that.

    What were flawless were the cable company's DVR - they ran like champs (at least for the few months we had them). Despite the fact that they were technically flawless, nobody in the house was happy with UI or feature set, so it was a short-lived experiment.

    Anyhow, despite not being flawless, my house is happy with TiVo. Which I'm glad with, as it's a much more cost-effective solution for us vs cable or satellite DVRs.
     

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