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It's been more than four years since I parted ways with Comcast. The two things we missed the most were 1) the EPG, and 2) the DVR. I quickly remedied this with the purchase of an EchoStar DTVPal DVR. It was so awesome, I bought four more. For a total investment of $1k, I had a two tuner DVR with an EPG on every set in my home.
Four and a half years later, two of these have failed. I suspect the end is near for the rest.
I have seven Simple DVRs. (If either Channel Master or Tivo added a Simple or Plex app, I would upgrade all my DVRs the same week.) The Simple DVRs serve up my library of OTA recordings on my LAN, WLAN, and even on the road. So, my my need is primarily a set top DVR with great pause, rewind, fast forward, and slow motion and a good EPG.
I'm looking at either a TiVo or a DVR+. I know a lot about the DVR+. There is a lot that is attractive about the TiVo, but the more I look into the TiVo, the more confused I get.
The most important quality of my next DVR is the quality of the tuner. My understanding is that the Roamio (series 5) has the best tuner and that the tuner in the TiVo HD (series 3) has about as good a tuner but that the Premiere (series 4) is not as good.
My TVFool report is at freetvforme.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/tvfoolhome.png. Will I notice the difference between a Roamio and a Premiere 4?
We have a lot of TVs, but only use two at a time, so I was planning on getting one or two DVRs and a bunch of minis. I think the mini only works with the Roamio (all models) and the four tuner Premieres (Premier4 and Premier4 XL). So, I think to use minis with TiVos with good tuners, I will need to buy Roamios, right?
How does the mini work when you have multiple DVRs? Do you pick a DVR when you power the mini on or does it remember the last used DVR? Is it possible/easy to switch from one DVR to another on a mini? What happens if you try to use a DVR with no available tuners?
Now, the Roamio OTA has no lifetime service option, so that costs $15/month forever. For the Roamio, you can buy a lifetime service plan for $500. On the WeaKnees site, I see they offer the same plan for $400 for current subscribers and I have seen a promo code PLSR you can get the plan for $400. I also see a $50 off code. WeaKnees says you have to subscribe for a year before you can get the $400 lifetime plan on their site. TiVo support says there is no plsr code.
What is the least expensive way for me to get two Roamio two tuner DVRs plus four minis?
Finally, the TiVo has a very disappointing warranty -- 90 days. Do people tend to get extended warranties? How long do these things last?
So I upgraded to a Roamio last week and moved my cablecard over from my Elite to the Roamio. Called Comcast and got the card activated (they actually said they took it off the old device and put it on the new one).
I never went thru and verified every single channel, but everything I tried seemed to be working fine.
Today I went to TBSHD and go the V58, channel not authorized. I freaked out (it's Bronco's football night) and went thru every channel in my lineup.
TBSHD is the ONLY channel not authorized. Literally every other channel works.
The Xfinity ondemand app works just fine.
When I go to the cablecard screen everything looks fine, and seems paired, except for one thing.
The "Auth" field says "FWK", which according to a Tivo is a transient error
FWK: This is a temporary error. You might still receive all of your channels, so don't call the cable provider for this error alone unless you are unable to receive channels.
Any ideas other than calling Comcast and trying to re-activate?
I started watching a new show on PBS the other night. It's a 6 part documentary hosted by Steven Johnson called How We Got to Now. (I'm guessing based on his book)
It seems pretty interesting. Reminds me a bit of the show connections, but is looking more at the social impact of certain key inventions.
It seems that my OTA watching a program delivers really poor quality, the AMP says lost digital input, the screen is scattered and viewing is quite impassible. I rescan the channels and it get a bit better for some time.
What is troublesome is that if I also have recorder the above mentioned TV program, it will play back perfectly, no loss in picture nor audio.
No I am not recording one channel and live view another.
My setup is antenna straight into Roamio and then to TV and AMP.
It does get old to start every tv evening by rescanning the channels.
I do get by with record my anticipated viewings. But I really would like to have perfect sound an pic whenever I watch.
I know this won't be a popular post, but I have to share that I am so relieved to finally make that call to Tivo and have them shut off my Tivo service after so much misery.
My Roamio experience is summed up in my avatar and plagued with countless missed recordings, Roamio hardware swaps, cable card swaps, tuning adapter swaps, attenuators, tech support calls, and truck rolls.
What am I doing next? Doesn't matter. What I won't be doing is calling Tivo, calling Time Warner, calling Tivo again, replacing hardware, watching techs trying to pair cable cards over the speakerphone ("now was that a 7 or a 4 after the 3?"), describing my hookup-- put the TA in line, no use a splitter above the TA, trying to explain to Time Warner that I need a certain TA firmware release, be told my signal is too good for Tivo, be told my signal is too poor for Tivo, have Roamio then show +18db with no coax connected, or carry $400 on my credit card so Tivo will ship me a new Roamio.
Correction-- what I will be doing now is planning a fitting end to my Roamio Pro. I'm thinking: bonfire, Darth Vader style.
It's begun it's third season but I'd never heard of this BET show until a couple of days ago. It stars Kevin Hart and is a half hour spoof of all the "Real XYZ of ABC" shows. I've watched a couple of episodes and it made me laugh so I set a season pass. If Kevin Hart isn't your thing, then this show is probably not for you. It's billed as "The Fakest Reality Show Ever." Nick Cannon, Nelly and Boris Kodjoe co-star.
I have had a TiVo HD in my main house for almost 8 years along with cable vision cable boxes in the rest of the house. I am done with paying for additional outlets and boxes. I am going to be getting TiVo Roamios and Minis for my homes. I was wondering what the latest firmware is for the following cable systems and how to get those providers to get my firmware updated. I want to make my install go as smoothly as possible and I heard that the cable card firmware is a big key.
I have time warner in NYC 1 + 3 Minis
Cablevision on Long Island 1 Pro + 4 Mins
Comcast in Florida 1 + and 2 Minis
Thanks so much for your help
In my household, we use a limited amount of internet, so have chosen not to subscribe to any wired broadband services. Our internet needs are met through the cellular data of our smartphones, and occasionally, we will use mobile hotspot on our iPhones when we need a data connection beyond the iPhone.
We have had a Tivo Roamio basic model set up for OTA for a few months, and force a manual connection over wifi through the iPhone hotspot every 3-4 days to update the guide data. This works very well for our needs, and other than a persistent C130 error on the main Tivo screen, the Roamio has been flawless in meeting our DVR needs.
We also have an older CRT TV in the basement that we would like to connect a Tivo Mini to. I've come up empty in researching how to configure a Mini in this setup, and need help w/ the following questions:
1. Can the Mini operate as a DVR extender without a constant internet connection? (I understand that there would be reduced functionality, but my only desires are to extend live TV and recordings from the Roamio.)
2. Can the Mini connect directly to the Roamio through an ethernet crossover cable? Would the Roamio still be able to retrieve guide data through wifi?
3. If not, my idea is to use an Airport Extreme router that I already have and connect it to our iMac. The Roamio, Mini, and iMac would all be hardwired with ethernet cables to the router. When we need to feed a data connection to the network, I would connect my iPhone to the iMac and share it's internet connection to the router. Would this setup work? Any other suggestions?
I have Comcast service and was trying their X1 master/slave boxes but its pretty brutal. Since I already have a Roamio and a couple of slightly older boxes, I figured TiVo minis would be a good solution.
Unfortunately I do not have Ethernet at all of the TVs. My question is whether its as simple as connecting the mini to the household cable on the MoAC jack and it will magically communicate with the Roamio because it too is connected to the cable. By cable I mean the household coax system that currently delivers CATV.
According to the Wikipedia article they're -supposed- to operate on different frequencies than CATV service, but does the scenario I describe above actually work? And work at the same time as CATV service in the same house on the same cabling?
That would also mean the Roamio would have to support MoaC on it's "CATV In" and I just never knew about it.
And.....we're back! :D
I was about to delete my SP. This was an awesome episode!
I have a TIVO Roamio, and I am the the end of 90 (5 more days left) day period. I also have a problem with my DVR and TIVO is shipping out another unit.
Can I still buy extended warranty after i recv the new unit as by that time 90 days of the initial unit will already be over. TIVO says I have to buy the warranty within 90 days and they are not mentioning clearly by which 90 days.
I have a TIVO Roamio DVR which I purchased almost 3 months ago I have the audio dropping of for 1-2 secs intermittently and I think it happens on all the channels. The frequency is once in 5-10 mins. Is anyone facing these problems. I have comcast cable. Please let me know if it is normal.
I contacted TIVO and they made me switch to PCM from Dolby I have a bose cinemate connected via optical from my TV, my other inputs dont have this problem.
I was about to become a premium member of Spotify mostly to use on the Roamio. Can anyone give me an idea of the quality of the audio? I have tested Pandora many times and it is ok, but I wanted to get your opinions of what Spotify was like before I purchased. I couldn't find any other threads in the past couple of years. Thanks!
Ok looking to try and get some answers. Tech on both sides have me completely frustrated. Dealing with Time Warner out of Northwest Ohio and brand new Tivo Roamio Plus. This is what I have done so far.
*All Equipment CC and TA are Motorola
- 1st CC TWC said it was paired and receiving stuck on acquiring channels 75 or 89%.
-2nd CC same as above had a 3-way call between Tivo and TWC nothing was resolved. Ordered Tech to come out next day.
-3rd CC and new TA finally received basic channels, but no SDV channels gives error of V58. Tech from natoinal CC told service tech to swap CC again with another one.
-4th CC same as above. Tech left and TWC CC rep told me it would take up to 6 hours to format. Gave it 24 hrs. and nothing is resolved same V58 code.
This brings me to this forum. I looked up to see if other people had the same problem and the only thing I came up with is ask them for RDU TWC notes. Well what the heck does this mean and how do I get TWC to contact them? Also has anybody else had this problem resolved and had any success?
I'm into this about 8 days and 20hrs and about 120 miles.(picking up equipment from office) I will give it about 1 more week before this gets packed up and set back before my 30 days are up. Sorry for the long rant any help will be greatly appreciated.
I was disappointed that they shuffled the tribes so soon. Seems like the dynamic they had going wasn't played out yet. On the other hand, the new dynamic is potentially much more painful. Having several pairs on the same tribe should mean the singles are safe as safe can be while pairs are split. I was surprised that they took Kelley out last night, though. Thought it was going to go the other way.
I wonder what Jeff's going to do about the food. What price could he extract from that tribe? What have they got? Of course he could take their fishing and comfort stuff, leave them with a bare campsite, but will that be enough? I gotta admit, I'm anxious to find out. :)
Dalton's recap: http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/survivo...sur-episode-5/
Since Comcast has bought them, and Comcast doesn't use TAs (yet), I figure it's possible they'll convert TWC markets to the Comcast way of doing things.
I recorded the US women's world cup qualifying game a couple of days ago on FS1HD, and it was obviously SD. Lots of digital artifacts and terrible haloes around everything (like the athletes). It was also reminiscent of digital zoom. What's up with that?