apologies for the newbie question (newbie to Tivo). If this is answered in another thread, please point me in that direction.
We're not heavy TV users. When the kids went off to college, we "cut the cord" and stopped paying $80/month to RCN (our cable company in the DC area) and only used our OTA rooftop antenna and streaming from Netflix and Amazon direct to the Sony TV with its built in Netflix and Amazon apps.
Then, the lack of a "tv guide" and no easy way to record the OTA shows (my wife is hooked on "Scandal") led me to TIVO. esp the articles in August 2014 about the new Roamio OTA box ($50). I could not find the $50 box anywhere so bought the basic Roamio at $169 (Amazon) (there was the Tivo price of $200-50, + 10 shipping = $160, but I went with Amazon for quicker shipping). Articles in CNET and elsewhere said the Roamio OTA had Amazon Instant Video (but not Amazon Prime, I get it.)
So, the box arrived yesterday, and I finally got it hooked up and found the OTA channels. (setup was not easy, but that's another story....) And I got it to recognize my Netflix account. Yay! Two out of three. (OTA and netflix)
Here's the question-- the Tivo Menu has an "amazon instant video" link (next to the Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube) links, but the Amazon link DOES NOT WORK.
How can they have an Amazon link but it doesn't work-- it brings up a screen about "check back in a few hours, etc...."
Then I found this phrase on Tivo "Regulatory changes made by the FCC on January 1, 2014, made Amazon Instant Video incompatible with Roamio Series DVRs manufactured after that date."
then I found the lame "sticker on the box"
covering up the amazon video logo.
REALLY? What's going on?
Is there a workaround ?
(registering via one of the "older" devices on Amazon.com? )
(waiting for the "fall update?" of Tivo software?)
(find a "used" basic Roamio?)
(complain to CNET and other users about incorrect statements in their reviews not mentioning this...)
Otherwise, I'm back to a clumsy approach to watch my content:
1. TIVO -> TV for OTA
2. Sony TV itself with its builtin Amazon
App for Prime and $rental.
interfaces, etc... )
grrrr.... I thought Tivo would be the "one box to rule them all" . Especially for the $15/month I'm paying which is basically for the tv guide function.
Thanks in advance. and again, apologies if this is an "easy question" (but the "easy answer" eludes me...)