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Roamio UI coming to Mini?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:49
Tivo's Roamio FAQs state that the Roamio UI will not be ported to the Premiere.

Does anyone know if Tivo plans to offer the Roamio UI on the Mini?

S3 and MRV?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:40
I'm pondering the thought of getting a Roamio at some point to replace the S3 as my main DVR. If I move the S3 to another room, will it act as a "Mini" and be able to stream shows from the Roamio DVR or is it too old? My S3 has a lifetime sub so I want to continue to use it, but consolidating recordings on one DVR is desirable.

Some questions about Roamio/Mini features

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:37
I have a few questions before I spend any money on TiVo. I'm currently using Windows 7 Media Center with five extenders, 10 tuners: (2 ATSC connected to an outdoor antenna, 2 ClearQAM, and 6 CableCARD), and 6TB of storage space (4TB internal, 2TB external, plus a 60GB SSD). I built it about 2.5 years ago, and it has been really nice. At the time, the feature set of the TiVo Premier was sorely lacking (no streaming).

My network is currently all wired cat5e gigabit. However, there is one place where the wife would like a small TV (in the kitchen) that would be difficult to wire with Ethernet, but easy to put a coax cable there.

The Roamio-Pro/Mini combo looks interesting. I like the all-in-one features (Netflix and DVR in a single box) of the Mini's. I also like the unified search. Here are the questions:

1) If I connect the Roamio-Pro to an Ethernet connection (which goes to my gigabit switch), and then connect a Mini in a room that doesn't have an Ethernet cable (using MoCa), will the Mini function as a MoCa bridge, thereby allowing me to connect other Ethernet-enabled devices (like a Bluray player) to the Mini's Ethernet port?

2a) If I have a movie, say in an MKV container, with H.264 video, and AC3 audio, how difficult is it to get the movie to upload/play on the Roamio and the Mini's?
2b) What steps are necessary to make this happen?
2c) Are there limitations on the bitrate of the video?
2d) Also, does the Roamio/Mini support DTS audio tracks? How about "soft" subtitles (NOT burned-in to the video)?

3) I assume that the Netflix app can run on the Roamio AND on the Mini's. Can more than one person watch Netflix at the same time? (Of course, I understand that it depends on the speed of the broadband internet connection). But, what I want to know is... can two or three people use a combination of the Roamio and/or the Mini's to all watch a different Netflix show at the same time?

4) Is there a limit to how many Mini's can be watching live/recorded/internet TV at the same time? Obviously, you can't exceed the number of tuners in the DVR. But, does the Roamio-Pro limit the number of Mini's that can be watching TV concurrently?

Thanks for your time. I look forward to the answers.

Best Buy Availability...Soon...

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 14:46
Guys,

I would advise you to check your Best Buy's tonight or tomorrow morning. The Roamio's are all on the Thursday trucks in my area headed to stores. They may get there before close or at worst case tomorrow morning. I am in the Chicagoland area...Mine is set to be delivered tomorrow from Amazon.com, was going to get the Roamio Pro from Best Buy if I found it at retail before the Amazon.com order came in...

Y2J

HDUI Wishlist screens issues

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 14:08
Surprised nobody has mentioned this yet. I know a lot of people here are clamoring for HDUI screens for everything, but I say leave good enough alone. HDUI Wishlists screens are an example of how perfectly functioning SDUI screens are being replaced by buggy and less featured HDUI screens.

I use wishlists a lot as search bookmarks. So, for example I'll have a title only wishlist called "NFL Football" and use the "upcoming" menu entry to see upcoming games that I may want to record.

The new HDUI Wishlist implementation is just terrible now for that functionality. At least 3 things that are annoying:

1. All wishlists are now set to auto-record automatically by default up front without up front option to not do so. So when I setup a generic wishlist with 100s of matches now the scheduler gets bogged down scheduling all of them only to all be cancelled a few minutes later when I get the chance to go and turn off auto-record option.

2. When using the "upcoming" feature when you push into show details of a match and the left arrow out of it you are thrown to the top of the "upcoming" list every single time. Extremely annoying if you are going through a big list and trying to pick out individual recordings to schedule.

3. Channel up/down to move between show details in upcoming doesn't work, just as is the case for all the other HDUI screens.

i.e. Functionality that worked fine for years has now been crippled. So for anyone asking for everything to be ported over to HDUI, be careful what you wish for. I personally would like to have the old SDUI implementation back for a lot of things, especially Wishlists.

Roamio power consumption stats?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 13:51
Anyone with a Kill-A-Watt measure the new Roamio boxes power consumption?

TivoHD - bad drive, mobo, or both?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 13:05
My TivoHD ate it's original disk drive a couple years ago. I used one of the recommended drives and a program referenced in these forums to rebuild it and everything was fine until a month ago.

It began with the picture sometimes freezing if left on the same channel overnight. A quick channel change would bring everything back to normal. It was random and rare so I thought little about it. A week ago, it began pausing for a fraction of a second during playback but not, I think, live TV. That raised alarm bells, but I didn't have time to deal with it.

Yesterday, I watched some live TV and a few pre-recorded shows then went to bed. This morning I noticed the picture was frozen again. This time, the channel wouldn't change, the Tivo button did nothing. It was COMPLETELY frozen. I pulled the plug, waited 30 seconds, and plugged back in. All I get is "Welcome! Powering up..." and nothing more. Green power light is on, but nothing else.

Is this another drive failure or am I looking at a bad motherboard? I can replace the drive again if that will work, but don't want to go to that trouble and expense if it won't help. Suggestions?

Also, if the existing drive won't boot but the data is otherwise undamaged, can it be retrieve onto a new drive? If so, could someone point me to the instructions for that? Thanks.

What happens when I drop my sub?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:52
I have a TiVoHD with a $6.95 monthly plan. I want to upgrade to a Roamio ( the 2TB Weaknees Basic is the current contender), most likely with lifetime. Losing the $6.95 is a shame, but I see no way to avoid it since there are no transfer specials right now (or likely to be in the near future).

When I drop the sub I know that new guide updates will stop and eventually new recordings will be impossible. Will I still be able to play existing recordings on the box? Cox, unfortunately, copy protects everything so I can't transfer the recordings to the new box, so I'd like to be able to consume my saved recordings while new ones from those SPs/wishlists are recorded on the Roamio.

Does an S2 w/lifetime have any resale value?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:40
I figure it has no value, other than enabling me to get an MSD discount for lifetime on a new Roamio.

How accurate is '160 hrs of storage?'

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:55
I'm pondering the difference between a plus and a pro and was wondering:

If I'm on FIOS, how accurate are the 'hours of storage' numbers? I was under the impression that tivo's just stored the bitstream, so it depended highly on how much the upstream provider compressed.

Anybody know?

(new to tivo's)

Thanks

Another TA question

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:47
Can I use the same TA from my S3 that I'm replacing with the roamio

Rant about Tivo's new web site

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:29
I'm not happy with the new web site. I went to try to schedule a show from work yesterday from the Tivo app and kept getting errors - I forgot it doesn't work remotely with my TivoHD. So I went to use the Tivo web page on my iPad and found there's a new drop down menu that covers the top half of the page. The drop downs covered the search field on my iPad so I couldn't search for my show - every time I tried to click in the search field the drop down popped down and covered it. When I finally was able to navigate to the show through several more clicks, it showed the wrong channels. I then found I had to sign in - again - because the drop down menu somehow redirected me to a new page and didn't keep my credentials cached. Sigh. (I was away from my PC so that wasn't an option.)

I really miss the old m.tivo.com page that just worked nicely on my iPhone.

MoCa clarification on base Roamio model

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:01
My take on the base Roamio is...ZERO internal MoCa capability? Currently I have my XL4 connected via MoCa to my Fios router. With the base Roamio, I would need an extra adapter...correct?

The Bridge "Destino" 8/21/2013 S1E7

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:43
Another excellent episode. This has become must-watch TV for me. Fast moving, taut, and as much as I don't want to admit it, Kruger is nailing her role. I still think she's miscast, mainly because of her looks, but she absolutely plays the part to perfection.

I wasn't thrilled they went to the old trope of "just as someone is going to reveal incredible info, they get shot", but I got over it quickly, as the following scenes were amazing.

For the first time, I found the scenes on the ranch (Charlotte & Ray) interesting. Ray brings a new dynamic to that plot that Charlotte alone couldn't. But seriously Charlotte, you ask a guy during sex a question, you think he's gonna give you a straight answer.:D Oh, and Graciela's price to play:eek:--very interesting.

If I'm the tailor to a cartel head, I'm sure as hell not gonna comment on his weight gain. Es stupido.

Roamio Deals?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:09
Has anyone been able to get or find any deals directly from Tivo or any other retailers?

I currently have two S3s which I want to replace with a Roamio Plus and a Mini (both with lifetime). One of my S3s has lifetime, the other has the grandfathered $6.99 MSD.

I've heard of some folks being able to get a $99 lifetime deal on existing S3s, which I could then use to bring up my MSD box and then turn around and sell it (with the other S3).

Guess I should just call Tivo directly to see what they offer, and if it's nothing good go with Weakness before their $25 off coupon expires...

Anywho, if you were able to get a deal from somewhere, post it here! Thx!

Abbreviations we should use for Roamio

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:50
Many posts refer to the Roamio without telling us what model they are talking about so I would suggest the following abbreviations, (others can suggest other Abbreviations if you don't like what I am proposing)

Roamio basic with 4 tuners and a .5Tb drive TR-4

Roamio Plus with 6 tuners and a 1Tb drive TR-6

Roamio Pro with 6 tuners and a 3Tb drive TR-6P

Mini sub-forum promotion?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:30
Now that the Roamio is out and the Minis work with those new boxes too, does it make sense to move the Mini sub-forum out from under the Premiere forum? Maybe the Stream sub-forum too?

Video Quality Differences using Mini?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:13
I've got a new Roamio on the way and, with six tuners and two Mini's, I have the option of placing the Roamio in a more convenient location. But this flexibility presupposes that video quality (Roamio direct to best TV via HDMI, vs. Roamio to Mini via network to best TV via HDMI) is the same. So, has anybody done any side-by-side comparisons? Is the HDMI video put out by the Mini the same as direct from the main unit?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Primere 30 Second Skip

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 07:02
I just purchased an entry level Premiere and was wondering if there was a 30second skip Easter egg for this unit. I also have a Series 3 TiVo and I have used the commands Select > Play Select > 3 > 0 > Select. I know the Premiere has a 30 second Fast Forward but was wondering if a 30 second skip was also available.

Not on Ebay: Series 2 Dual Tuner TCD649080 Hatboro, PA, USA

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 03:22
I figured this is where people come when they're looking for Tivos.. so while this is not on ebay, if you are in the area and are looking for this model, maybe this is something you want to go pick up.

Note: This is NOT MINE! I am not selling this. I just saw it in a thrift store and thought someone may be interested. I already called into Tivo to see if it was lifetimed, and it wasn't, so that is why I didn't pick it up.

It is $15.. and you can get a discount with coupons (25%) on the back of some Giant Supermarket receipts, or I believe Hatboro runs a first friday event and Impact offers discounts off everything in the store on that day.. if it is still there by then.

It was in the store in the electronics section at the end of the day on Tuesday 8/20/2013

It is located in the Hatboro, PA Impact Thrift Stores...
http://impactthrift.org/our-stores
Hatboro Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 6pm
14 E. Moreland Ave.
Hatboro, PA 19040

Phone
215.957.6130
Fax
215.957.6133
Email
hatboro@impactthrift.org

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