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Rate your satisfaction with the TiVo Roamio

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 16:46
So, the Roamio has been out for a couple of weeks now. Time to start a ratings thread so that people can indicate what their satisfaction is with TiVos latest darling.

Feel free to comment on why you voted as you did.

I dinged one point for the lack of a full HD experience and that there aren't enough online offerings (although that is out of TiVo control to some extent). Otherwise, I have to say that this is by far the coolest TiVo to hit the market since the S1.

Roamio forum - 10K posts in about 20 days - wow!

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 16:32
TiVo really seems to be on a roll with the Roamio. The Roamio forum is about to tick over the 10K mark on the post count, which is rather remarkable when you consider that the box has only been available for a couple of weeks.

By comparison the post count for the 3.5+ year old Premiere forum is only 80k.

Roku 3 with Play On vs Tivo Premiere

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 16:23
Does anyone here have any experience using a Roku 3 with Play On to watch network shows via the network's website?

We currently have 2 premieres; one for the main family room TV and one in our master bedroom. I am getting tired of paying Tivo $130 each for the annual plan when we only record a few shows. We mostly use them for Netflix and it's a subpar experience for that. It locks up and becomes unresponsive all of the time.

So I am thinking about replacing them with Roku 3s and Play On to stream the few OTA shows that we watch. This includes Amazing Race, Mentalist, Revolution, etc.

If you have used this set up before, how well does the Play On work with CBS shows on their site? Picture quality and sound quality acceptable? I don't need them to be perfect, but I don't want to feel like I am watching an amateur youtube video either. I have read great things about the Roku 3 but want to make sure I know what I am getting into before going through the hassle of switching everything out.


Resolution switching

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 15:07
When my box switches resolutions, the screen goes black, then it takes a couple of seconds to paint on the black, then a couple more seconds for the blue background to paint.

E.g. Live TV and menu shows in 1080i, settings switches to 720p.

Rather annoying, when I've gotten used to my FiOS DVR that never needs to switch resolutions or switch of the video feed, e.g. I can search, menu, anything, while the video keeps playing uninterrupted and minimized or in he background.

The video settings are configured to support all resolutions, my TV supports all the offered resolutions.

Is there any way to configure the box so it always stays in one resolution, instead of switching?


Latest Time Warner Cable Card and TA?

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:54
Just curious if these are ever updated? If so, what are the latest (and best) versions to have?

A year or so ago, I turned in my two S-cards for a single M-card. I have had the same Tuning Adapter since it first became available.

Performance is a little better but I still get some flaky performance.

Lately AMC has been pixelating badly for Breaking Bad.


Suggestions should not take priority over mini

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:33
I bought the Roamio Plus and one Mini and we love it. No issues with Fios.

I have one thing that Tivo should change. Right now, if the Roamio is recording suggestions and all tuners are occupied, it will not let the Mini watch live TV. I know I could turn suggestions off to avoid this problem, but we like the suggestions feature. My wife will be confused because the Mini will tell her all 6 tuners are occupied and she cannot watch live TV. Upon investigation, on each occasion, the Tivo was recording several suggestions. I think that if a Mini attempts to watch live TV, it should cancel one of the suggestions.

I know one solution is to record the show she wants to watch, but this shouldn't be necessary.

I love the Tivo otherwise.


Surface 2 - Can Microsoft take a mulligan?

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:45
Surface 2 to be introduced on Sept 23. Well anyone care?


Under the Dome 9/9/13

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:27
I'm starting to think Barbie is being framed.

intermittent wireless connectivity

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:18
in setting up the new Roamio Plus with the built-in wireless adapter I had no initial problems establishing wireless connectivity, however what I am seeing is the wireless connection dropping completely on an intermittent basis. When this happens, if I go back to the wireless setup screen and let it find the SSIDs, no networks are displayed. If I continue to try this eventually the wireless networks show up and I am able to re-connect. :mad:

Calibrating the picture quality of the Roamio

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 10:17
Does anyone have any advice on calibrating the PQ from the Roamio? I have an ISF calibrated 65VT30 Panasonic plasma and I observe that compared to the XL4 my Roamio PQ looks like it is off a little bit color temperature wise.

The Roamio plugs into an Onkyo 818 AVR which is set to pass-through to the Plasma, but the Onkyo does have an extensive set of picture calibration controls if I choose to use them.

I guess I would need a test video I could load to the Roamio to do the adjustment, or I would need access to a station that broadcast picture calibration charts.

Premier Partially Scrambled Video

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 09:59

I have a TiVo Premier HD - 4 tuner. Periodically, some shows seem to be partially scrambled. By this, I mean that portions of the image are missing or pixelated and drop out. Has anyone else seen this? Tried restarting the unit with no success. This is an intermittent issue, so very hard to diagnose. Looking for suggestions.


About to take the plunge

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 09:44
I've been perusing this site for a few days and couldn't find something that related to my particular issue, so I hope you can help clarify some points.

I'm a few days from purchasing the Roamio Pro (where to purchase from is still a matter of debate). Currently, I have a Series 3 (w/ lifetime), but live in an apartment that only has one cable plug available (The logic of that escapes me as well).

My intention is to put the Series 3 upstairs on a wireless (but thinking about a power outlet) network system, and hook up the Roamio directly to the network and possibly stream/upload the Roamio recorded content series 3 upstairs.

From reading the various posts, I'm not entirely sure this is something that can be realistically done.

If this can't be done, what is the best use for my old series three? Other than upgrading the HD, its a perfectibility viable machine.

Any suggestions on anything I might be overlooking or any pitfalls I may encounter?

Tivo Central Roamio - Watch Live TV

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 09:38
As a Tivo user for over 10 years, I have become very accustomed to going to "Watch Live TV" directly from TV Central. This is especially useful instead of using the "Live TV" button on the remote since I usually watch TIVO programs in the dark, and it is hard to see the remote buttons in the dark. Is there a "Live TV" option on the new Roamio TV Central, or an easy way to get to Live TV without having to press buttons on the remote other that the Tivo button?

I hate CBS

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 09:28
I know better to pad my shows 90 minutes on Sunday CBS shows because of sports, which on 9-8 meant 53 minutes run over due to US Open. I never expected to get burnt on a Monday a week after Labor Day. I didn't realize the US Open was still going on. I turned the TV on what I thought was 20 minutes into Under the Dome, only to realize it had not even started. I put a 90 minute pad, went to bed and caught the show this morning, a 25 minute run over. If I didn't have a Tivo with padding, I would give up watching anything on CBS, as I refuse to watch TV live. Thank God I have a Roamio Pro. It's now getting to the point I have to look at what sporting event is playing on CBS and pad accordingly. I hate CBS.

Dexter - S08E10 - "Goodbye Miami"

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 07:38
This once very good, sometimes great, series continues to go out with a whimper. Of course I'll watch the last 2 to see how it ends but at this point I don't care all that much.

Shows to Iphone to Mac?

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 04:20
I am looking into getting the roamio, and I am also looking at getting an iphone. I was wondering if, first of all, do shows download easily to iphone to take on the go?

Second, since I don't have an iphone yet I am not sure how this might work, but, if I downloaded shows to my iphone, could I hook my iphone up to my macbook and play those shows on my macbook (so I could have a bigger screen while I am out of the house)?

I know tivo says you can transfer shows to your mac if you get roxio toast 11, but I have read a lot of negative reviews about that not working. Or if the software does work, then the cable company blocks most shows from being transferred, which I understand for premium channels for HBO and stuff, but it is worthless if I can only get the main broadcast channels like nbc (I have comcast btw, so I don't know if they are particularly bad about this or not). Anyway, so I am hesitant to spend the money on Roxio if it isn't going to actually transfer shows like promised.

I am (obviously) not super tech savvy, so any help with answering these questions would be appreciated!

Anyway to bring back deleted messages

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 02:05
Is there anyway to un delete tivo lineup change messages?

keith olbermann on the sochi 2014 olympic games

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 01:46
last night, keith olbermann dedicated the opening of his new espn2 show "olbermann" to the 2014 sochi olympic games, russian anti-gay laws, the comparisons to the 1936 olympics (hitler), the potential for a boycott, the ioc's hypocrisy, putin's hypocrisy, the sponsor's fears, and russia's ignorance: