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why more than one roamio in your house?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by marklyn, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    It will show up at the bottom of the "My Shows" list. But you can also easily link the mini to a different Roamio by going to the settings and changing it. But no matter which one it's linked to, as long as the other Roamio is on the same account and same network, it will show up in the my Shows list for you to browse through the recorded shows.
     
  2. ort

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    Well, they can solve the "too complicated" issue by simply not making it on by default. Only let profiles be there for people who take the initiative to set them up. Problem solved for everyone.

    Also, I think you have to be pretty dang technology oriented to even have a TiVo in your house. Maybe not every user, but someone in the house has to be pretty committed to the platform to even bring it in.

    Non-techy people are just going to get the cable company DVR and not mess with things like CableCards, Tuning Adaptors, MOCA networks, etc...
     
  3. DigitalDawn

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    I agree with you, but obviously TiVo doesn't concur.
     
  4. uw69

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    At first I didn't understand why profiles would be needed. Having come from multiple TiVo's (kids, wife, mine and ours) profiles were basically the different TiVo's around the house.

    Now with a Roamio and two Mini's (and potentially more Mini's in the future) I wish there was some way to set up profiles to allow the segregation of shows. Maybe TiVo will work on this when the push to fix Roamio anomalies is over.:up:
     
  5. BigHat

    BigHat New Member

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    I guess it's a hassle to me and not to others. I have had to engage Verizon twice since they initiated the premium channel copy protection and it's always been a full day, pain in the ass. The first time was a 10 min drive change (I got worried about some transitory issues that surfaced) after I installed my standby HD I had in reserve from Weaknees followed by techs asking me the series of stupid questions about the unit before getting serious. When the Roamio was introduced I bought one and replaced one of two Premieres. That might be a different scenario from a user starting from scratch. To me the single point failure is a major weakness. I can certainly live without TV for a few days but with a spare that works independently I feel a bit better.

    Would you live with only one way to get online?
     
  6. dcpmark

    dcpmark New Member

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    Agreed. I'm very happy so far switching to a Roamio Pro and 3 Minis, but profiles would be awesome! For those of you like me who do the TiVO surveys, PLEASE keep asking for profiles at the end of every one.
     
  7. rcahall

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    So just to clarify, if I have 2 Roamio Plus' and 3 Mini's, the 3 Mini's will show the recordings from both Roamio's without having to switch the DVR they're "connected" to?

    I saw someone say that the 2 Roamio's would see each other's shows natively, so I just wanted to clarify about the Mini's.

    We currently have 1 Roamio Plus & 3 Mini's but am curious about this in case we decide to add a second Roamio.
     
  8. DigitalDawn

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    Yes, this is true. You can watch shows from any Premiere or Roamio connected to your network.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yeah the other TiVos on your network which are not the Primary TiVo show up at the bottom of the list, just like they do when you're using the real TiVo, and you can select them and play anything you want from them as well.
     
  10. HF444

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    From what has been discussed so far in this thread,

    it seems that the most flexible setup would be 2 Roamio Basic's.
     
  11. HF444

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    Oops. Hit the submit button too soon.

    Having 2 boxes provides redundancy, and failure "issues".

    Roamio Basic's would provide a total of 8 tuners combined across OTA or cable,

    and for the family that needs it, a sort of "filing" system for the recordings.

    And the purchase costs work out.

    Comments ?
     
  12. aaronwt

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    If there was not an extra cost for cable cards, I would have my Roamio BAsic on cable too. Just so I could split up some of these season passes. But cables cards on FiOS are $5 each now. At one time I had eight, and it's nice to finally be down to one cable card.

    If TiVo would implement profiles it would make things easier. By not having profiles it actually makes it more complicated. So all SPs are jumbled together. It's much more difficult to keep track of. With profiles it would make things much easier to keep track of. So it perplexes me why someone from TiVo would say that profiles would make things more complicated, while in reality, not having profiles makes things more complicated.

    It's so difficult to keep track of the things my GF wants recorded. I have to wade through literally hundreds of recordings to find her stuff. If there were profiles it would make things much easier. I would be able to find her things in a few seconds.
     
  13. StevesWeb

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    If you are a TWC customer you might benefit from having an OTA Roamio because any TiVo on TWC is going to have the copy protection bit on for every channel with few if any exceptions.

    OTA recordings can always be copied.
     
  14. conjoe

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    Does Time Warner require both a cable card and a tuning adaptor?
     
  15. marklyn

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    If you want to receive more than analog (basic) channels, yes, there is no other way from what I understand.
     
  16. tatergator1

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    Yes, in general, you need both. Most TWC markets are heavily invested in Switched Digital Video for delivering many of the digital channels. From my experience, with only a CableCard, I can get most of the popular SD channels and only the Local Broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, etc) + ESPN in HD. All other HD channels require a Tuning Adapter.
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Just to be clear you have to dedicate the entire Roamio to either OTA or cable. They can not combine the inputs like the old 2 tuner units could.

    Personally I'd rather have a single 6 tuner TiVo and a Mini then two Roamio's. Managing recordings between multiple units is a PITA.
     
  18. aaronwt

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    I do think it's less than a PITA than managing all recordings from a single unit.
    I didn't realize how much of a pain managing all the SPs and recordings would be from a single box. WHich is why profiles would have been perfect. As it is, after just a couple of days I have to wade through a bunch of recordings to find what I need. It's much worse after a week.

    Which I why I would love to have profiles. I would have one for my GFs stuff. I would have one for news, one for movies, one for reality shows, one for regular shows etc. Then I could find anything I want in just a few seconds. Which is not the case right now.

    It was much easier when I had two TiVo Elites and split my shows up between the two. But I also don't want to pay for two cable cards, so I just have to suck it up and bear with it.
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    We do have separate units for me and my wife. If I had to wade through all the crap she records I might be right there with you.

    Profiles would be a very welcome addition in my opinion.
     
  20. lessd

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    Profiles is the key to reducing the number of Roamios in my home, without that as Dan said it would be a pain to have to wade through the crap the rest of the TiVos are recording being all on one Roamio.
     

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