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HBO Go app?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 15:58
So yesterday on Tivo's facebook page they posted a picture of a stuffed animal tivo mascot with a rose in front of the HBO building with a title of "Roamio loves HBO! Do you?"

Does anyone have any reliable rumors that this means an HBO Go app is coming for the HTML5 engine on the Roamio? Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I would really like this.

Collections - An easy way to record new fall shows

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 15:21
Not many people realize this feature exists, and since we're likely to see a lot of people moving up from S3 units, where the feature wasn't available, to the Roamio I thought I'd start a thread about it.

In the Browse section there are these things called Collections. These are lists of programs based on various criteria, some of which are actually maintained by real humans. These collections can be setup to auto-record just like a Season pass.

This time of year there is a collection for New Fall Shows. By setting it to auto-record you'll get all the new shows without having to manually keep track of when they start, what night they're on, what channel they're on, etc... If you decide you like a show it's easy to add a real SP for it from the My Shows list. (you can even do this from a remote TiVo or Mini)

Typically what I do is I set up the collection to record. By November I decide which shows I like and set SPs for them, then I cancel the collection. It works great for discovering new shows without having to wade through the guide or keep track on a website like Futoncritic.

Play youtube, netflix and others?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 14:44
I have been using airplay for ever, and I even have a chromecast just for fun, but I gotta say, the built in DIAL of roamio is sweet. No need to switch inputs.

What other apps can TiVo use? Do you think more will come?

Netflix UI Performance?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 14:27
Can any new owners comment on the performance of the Netflix UI?

This is a real tripping point for me on my Premier XL. I rather switch inputs & remotes and use my AppleTV for this function, but would much prefer to stay within the TiVo eco system for this stuff.

Though, AirPlay gets lots of use for Torrented stuff off my MB Pro.

Unable to log into TiVo app (iOS)

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 14:11
Anyone else get logged off of the iOS app and can't log back in (says incorrect pw but the pw's correct)? Wonder if TiVo's servers are having authentication issues.

Finding the next showing of a program

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 13:44
My Roamio Plus is sat at home - and I am at work! Frustrating! Anyway...

My Roamio will replace the Tivo HD in the living room. I've been thinking of one common scenario that I wonder may have been addressed in versions later than the HD (Premier, etc).

So, let's say I am browsing channels and come across a program that's in progress but of interest. I don't want to watch it right then (perhaps because I want to see the whole program) so, on the HD, I a) press the Record button b) scroll down to the "Upcoming episodes" option (or whatever it's called) c) scroll down to the next showing on an HD channel d) set it to record.

Frankly, that's a tedious and long winded way to achieve something that seems like a common scenario ("record the next time this is on in HD").

Has this been addressed better since the HD was released?



Roamio Looks

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 12:50
Don't get me wrong, I want to get the Roamio Pro to replace the Premiere Elite in the family room (with the Elite moving to the bedroom to replace the Premiere XL that is currently there, and selling off the XL; hey, once *that* happens, I'll have 10 tuners in the house capable of recording!), but does anyone else think the exterior style of the Roamio doesn't look nearly as, I don't know, "classy" as the Premiere? The Roamio is "cute", I suppose, but the Premiere just seems more stylish.

I couldn't find another thread discussing this specifically, although some have noted the cheap plastic look of the base model, so maybe I'm the only one? Also, maybe the Roamio looks better in person?

Remap Channel Numbers to What I WANT

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 11:28
One suggestion I would really like to see implemented is to change channel numbers. I think this would be really easy and a huge win for Tivo.

The channel numbers as generated by a cable system/ATSC are dictated by the provider themselves. Most channels will pay for position or in the case of HD channels are remapped into 100/200/300/400/500/600/700 etc. instead of what would be natural in 1/2/3/4/etc. What this does is break-up channels that might be better seen together for the Tivo customer. Favorite channels attempt to rectify this situation, but do not allow for the sequencing of channels nor does it have profiles so that multiple Tivo users could use them.

For example: a user whose interest lies in CBS/HGTV/DIY/ESPN/NFL Network could group those channels together. While another user in the household could do the same for their channels NBC/Bravo/DIY/ABC

Functional Description
Channel numbers would appear as they do today in the DVR. A setting could the be selected to use Tivo Channel Numbers. A user could then create a profile. With the profile turned on, the channels could be selected, removed and/or reordered to the taste of the profile.

The user may have the channels as shown below:
702 - CBS
728 - ESPN
652 - HBO
690 - DIY

The user could change these numbers to:
1 - CBS
2 - ESPN
3 - HBO
4 - DIY

Tivo when running in the profile mode would use these numbers, in effect acting like a "Favorite Number" in your phone. In addition, if a customer moved the channel numbers would remain the same in much the same way Season Passes get remapped when moved to another cable system.

Any channels that would be in those positions could automatically be remapped to another range of channels or specified by the user.

I think this is a great opportunity to bring a very unique and very compelling feature to Tivo. Tivo users would never have to rememorize their channels ever again.

What do I miss with a Tivo Mini

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:54
I am a long time Tivo HD user who just purchased a Roamio PLus ("out for delivery" at the time of writing :)). Anyway, while looking forward to installing and starting to use my Roamio tonight, I am curious about the full extent which a Tivo Mini might be useful elsewhere.

Aside from the obvious issue of tuners (I'd tie one up while I am using a Mini, but that's not a factor for me at all right now), I am interested to know what features I WON'T get on a remote Mini (as compared to sitting in front of the TV with the Roamio itself). Assuming solid networking connectivity, what features would I forego, as compared to getting another Roamio?



Trouble with DVR Extender

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:39
Just got the new Roamio, and tried to hook up the DVR Extender from my tivo HD, and couldn't get Roamio to recognize it. I was able to get my HD to re-recognize it, so I know the drive is still functioning.
Has anyone else had this problem? I called Tivo, and they are swapping out the box, thinking it might be a bad port. I guess we will wait and see.

Fan noise had me a little worried last night

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:21
So, I got home from work yesterday and my Premier is making a lot of noise. I can hear it from inside the cabinet.

I suspected the worst case, bad hard drive and cracked the case to do some testing. I got everything setup and I was going to run some tests on the hard drive to see what might be happening - but when I plugged it into my test rig it was quiet and seemed fine.

So, back to the TiVo the drive goes and I plug the unit in with cover off and the problem was pretty clear. Fan was making a huge amount of noise and vibration.

I pulled the fan, oiled it with a little 3 in 1 oil and reinstalled it. It is running smooth now, but I suspect it is just a matter of time - and I would like to replace it with a better fan.

I remember reading some conversations about fan replacements, but I cannot find a high quality recommended unit from my TCF searches.

Anyone replace their fan and what unit did you get? Not looking for the cheapest - I already have that one. I am hoping for a good quality fan.


WiFi speed?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:17
Sorry if this was covered in another post... I could not find any info... I assume that the WiFi in the Roamio is N? I am guessing that they would not have been forward thinking enough to spend the few extra dollars and put ac in there?

free TiVo Stream

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 09:56
I just got my free TiVo Stream with my new Roamio.
I don't have Apple devices, I don't like Apple devices.
I do have 3 Android phones and a Android Tablet.
Android has the momentum to destroy Apple in the next few years. The world will be better.

When will Tivo Stream work with android.
And will it my like my Slingbox, and be able to stream live?


Should exchange my Tivo Premier for a Roamio s/plus?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 09:49
I finally broke down and bought a Tivo Premier (basic) from best buy at the beginning of the month when they were marked down to $99. Now I see the Roamio for $199 and the plus for $399 (pricey).

I'm wondering if I should take it back and get the roamio now. How hard is it to switch my account to the new box? What about moving the recordings? I like the streaming capabilities but not sure how often I would use it. But If I only needed one box it would be kind of handy. Any suggestions?

Charter installation Help

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 09:36
Hi all,

Just picked up a roamio basic yesterday from BB in Folsom,CA) they had one more on shelf..no pluses or pros).

I have a TiVo HD with one Mcard and a TA from charter cable.

Do I just pull the card from the TivoHD and put it in the roamio then call charter to pair?

If I need to revert back to the TivoHD for some reason, will i still be able to use the same Mcard?

Thanks in advance,


Streaming surprise

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 08:47
This may be a known feature but I missed it. I have the new Roamio Plus and a Premier as well. I'm having issues with HBO on the Roamio, but the premier works fine. I knew I could stream the Premier to the Roamio, but I was surprised this morning when I used the TiVo iPad app to browse to the premier and then selected 'watch now' on the iPad -- it worked fine.


Fall TV Season 2013 - Any shows really interest you?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 08:25
So, we are a few weeks away from the new TV season. We've seen commercials for the new shows and some of us have gone and read some reviews I would imagine. So what intrigues you?

Me? Nothing really, and that's sad. I'll take a look at the Robin Williams show, just because he's in it, but really, nothing has really caught my eye as must watch. At least not yet.

Also. Anyone know the best place for decent reviews? Who has made up their grid for the new season and can share?

Mini is slow?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 08:18
I believe that I heard the TiVo mini is slow. Is this true? If so, what is slow about it, the UI, remote response, Now Playing List population, etc?

Is there a fan ins the mini?

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 08:15
Is there a fan in the TiVo mini? If so, can you hear the fan? What kind of noise does it make, a "buzz" or a "hum"?

If there's no fan inside, how warm/hot does it get?

Any pictures floating around of the internals?

TiVo Desktop Plus Software

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 08:07
Anyone else notice on TiVo's accessories page that the TiVo Desktop Software is listed twice, once as "TiVo® Desktop Plus software for PC" and once as "TiVo® Desktop Plus software for PC updated?"


The links for both are the same but maybe they are getting ready to introduce an update.