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Premiere Speed v. Roamio Speed

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:53
With all the recent updates, can anyone comment on the speed difference between Tivo Premieres v. Roamios? I currently have a Roamio from my cable company but was thinking of picking up a used Premiere to save on the significant rental fees. Thanks.

I heard Comcast is phasing out Series 3s

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28
I can't seem to find it, but I thought I remember seeing a post here indicating that Comcast is gonna switch their encoding of ALL channels to mpeg4 (or maybe another format) and therefore this will make ALL Series 3s obsolete (except local channels).

I have 3 Premieres and a Mini, but I also just sold a Series 3 on ebay and one on Craigslist. I then also have one more S3 (OLED) unit. This unit works great and its still one of my favorite TiVos (with its look, front clock/controls and recording status), but I may have to sell it as well if this is the case. Just wondering.

I also am aware of the power supply issues with these units and I have already had some caps replaced on this S3 OLED unit so I should be good for a while, but if Comcast is planning to make it obsolete, I guess I may have no choice here.

Getting On (HBO Series)

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:50
Anyone watching this? I watched the first episode last year and dumped it - but since they brought it back again I decided to give it another look - binged watched season one the other day (only 6 half hour eps) and find myself enjoying it quite a bit. Some good dark, and realistic, social satire based in an extended care unit of a mid-level hospital.

Shark Tank 12/12/14

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:50
I think the couple of 'gimmick' Shark Tanks haven't been my favorite in the past (though I don't think I've ever disliked an entire episode).. But this one was outstanding.

That 13 year old girl was freaking amazing. She pitched better than almost anyone on the show ever. There's no way I could speak that well even in front of a couple of people. She'll be very successful.

Even though there's something about The Beast that rubbed me the wrong way, she's probably going to be very successful too..

There was also the guy who GUARANTEED their money back (and mentioned taking out a mortgage). Has that ever happened before, in anybody's recollection? Heck, depending on how ironclad the "guarantee" was (yeah, he could file for bankruptcy, there could be other creditors ahead, and so on), I'd invest in that even if I didn't like the product!

Setting up Roamio - Anyone else need a box with their cable card?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 20:50
My cable company said I need some sort of little box with the card (it is about the same size as my router). Does anyone else need this? The instructions with the TiVo say nothing about a box like that. (Sorry about the non-technical jargon, I'm really a bit clueless about this kind of stuff. Had my old tube tv for 20 years.

Got the tv out and up finally, now ready to hook the new TiVo Roamio Pro up. Already have to go to store to get HDMI cord (should have realized!).

I'm not sure if I need an Ethernet cord too? My router is on the second floor of the house, tv is on the bottom, so they are nowhere close to each other.



Mon, 12/15/2014 - 20:02
Three night event on Syfy starting presently. Reviews are middling but, you know, Tricia Helfer. Anyone else in?

The Magic Cablecard

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00
So a while back, maybe three or four months ago, I downgraded our TV package from TWC to their "starter" tier. This is just the six channels that most people can get OTA (I can't -- only PBS), TBS, The Weather Channel, Time Warner's news channel, and a few other shopping channels. It was part of a philosophy shift for us to streaming. In fact I was just trying to upgrade to a higher internet tier and cancel cable altogether, but they made it cheaper to have the starter TV bundled with it because they are insane and think I won't just call when the year is up.

The thing is though that while my internet increased, the channels never went away on my Roamio. The premiums left me, but the normal cable tier I was on remained. I've had to repair the card in it even after I upgraded the HD to 3 TB and thought I might lose them then, but still I kept the channels.

I then thought that maybe they had overlooked our switch somehow (though we are listed as Starter TV on the website), or that maybe something had to be physically done to our line coming into the house, and honestly I had forgotten I was getting extra until yesterday.

I bought a used Premiere on craigslist, activated it, tossed in a cablecard, and found that all our excess channels were gone. I hadn't considered this a possibility because I had more or less forgotten that I was getting channels I shouldn't be so I was disappointed with that, but I have no room to complain obviously.

I figured I just interacted with them one too many times when I should have stayed quiet, but later that night I went back to the living room and found my kid watching Nickelodeon. My Roamio still has all the channels. The Premiere has only what I am supposed to have. How is this possible?

Homeland - S4E11 - Krieg Nicht Lieb - OAD 12/14/14

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:39
So what the hell is Dar Adal doing with Haqqani???


Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:30
With copy protection on all of fios channels outside of network streaming is impossible. Maybe if you set it to stream and not record it might work.

FiOS Quantum

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:58
I am moving and have a decision to make- I can go FiOS, and either use their new whole home solution or go keep Tivo. If I stay with Tivo, I will be selling all of my Tivos, keep my mini and get a Pro with 5 additional minis. If I go FiOS, I can get their new whole home quantum DVR with 12 tuners and capability to on all other TVs. Anyone have input on their new DVR?

Does ios remote control app need to be on the same network to control the tv?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:16
I was just wondering if I could use the Tivo app to control my television if I was not on the same wireless network (i.e. not in the house where the Tivo is). I don't have a Tivo yet, but am considering the purchase. My Verizon FIOS ios app must be on the same wireless network as my tv for it to control the tv and I was wondering if Tivo was the same or can control it from away from the house.

I want to do this so I can use my Slingbox on my tv in my vacation condo, but control the tv at home using the Tivo app so I don't need to scroll through the screens to find what I want on my dvr. I could use the Tivo remote to pick the show I want by scrolling through the list on my iphone and then hit play and the slingbox will put it on my tv.

Will this work? My understanding is that the Tivo streaming software won't allow me to watch on another tv so I'll still need my Slingbox to show it on my second tv.


Any way to speed up Youtube app?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:29
I've noticed that the youtube app on my Roamio is kind of slow compared to the Roku 3.

It takes about 30 seconds to a minute to load and there are a lot more pauses in video when it starts playing. Anything that can be done? Is there a software update coming? Everything else seems to work great.

Moving...Am I going to have to set up the cable card again?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:37
I'm moving to another unit in the same building I currently live in.

The initial cable card installation was incredibly painful with Comcast really not knowing what to do. Finally I had to get a tech guy to come out and after an hour they got it to work.

I'm not changing area codes or anything like that. Am I going to have to go through all of that again when I move?


Marco Polo - Netflix

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:55
Is anyone watching the show?
It became available last weekend. I just started and so far it looks promising.

Want a hard copy of saved shows

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:16
Is there a easy way to get a paper copy of your saved Tivo list?

Downloads to iPad slooow down

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:34
When I start downloading to my iPad, it starts out ok, and gives about a 16 minute estimated time remaining. But after awhile it slows to about 5 hours remaining. Any suggestions?

New to Roamio & Mini observations

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:12
We finally moved into our newly constructed home. We knew we were finally going to have cable and real, wired high-speed Internet again so we purchased a Roamio Plus and Mini with Lifetime subscriptions. We've really enjoyed them so far with a few exceptions. One, the Hulu Plus app is horrible. If I'd had no other experience with it, it might not seem too bad, but we're coming from the wonderful Roku, Hulu app that is very intuitive and easy to use. I'm hoping that maybe the apps will see a major rewrite in the near future. Also, Hulu doesn't seem to work. I can get to the main menu and search and browse, but if I try to actually watch a show, I keep getting errors and the shows won't start. I've connected using moca and haven't had any issues watching regular television, other than about a 15 second delay, but I'm assuming that is normal. If the Hulu issue hasn't cleared up by the time I get home from work this evening, I'll double-check from my Roamio and see if does any better. If it works from there and the Mini still isn't working, I'll try hooking it up via Ethernet and see if that makes a difference.

All in all, we're really pleased with our purchase and our experience. We just have a few minor bugs to work out. That and being less than pleased with some of the apps, but that will probably get better with more experience with them.

Tivo TVs like Roku TVs

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 06:36
You may have seen the advertisements for televisions built by TCL of China with a built in Roku box. They come in four sizes with the 32" model selling for $188 at Walmart. Amazon is selling the 40"/48"/55" models with 1080p for $300/$450/$600.

A Roku box retails for $100 while a TiVo mini is often sold for $149.

Could something similar be done for a TiVo compatible television?

Should I wait for TiVo's next series?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 06:29
I have a 2-tuner TiVo premiere I got from Best Buy a few years back. I also got the 4yr protection plan. Recently, the HDMI ouput seems to have gone on it & no longer works. I now have it hooked up via its component connections and they work great. Everything else works great too. This TiVo is in a basement guest bedroom so not used a lot at all so I can live with the component connections. Especially since the TV its hooked up to is not an HDTV anyway (rather an old 32" Sony CRT).

The Geek Squad protection plan on this TiVo goes until about March of 2016. I have gotten some opinions here in the past and they seem to think Geek Squad won't be able to repair the HDMI connection on this TiVO and will just issue me a new equivalent TiVo. I am assuming I would get a 4-tuner basic Roamio right now. However, wondering if I should maybe wait until the next line of TiVos come out & therefore possibly get a better TiVO.

Again, I can live with the component connection on this unit for now and just wondering when or IF TiVo will come out with another series of DVRs.

Mini is back in stock at Radio Shack!

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 03:53
Tivo Mini back in stock at Radio Shack. $106 + tax after applying code SAVE25.