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OTA Roamio review & comparison to S3 & S4 TiVos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 16:12
Hello all,

I received my Roamio on Friday (9/30). I also have a Premiere, TiVo HD, & Original Series 3 all used for OTA only, on the same TV, & fed from the same 4 way splitter.

OTA Reception Observations: As a point of reference I have intermittent multi path issues and my Series 3 units handle my issues better than my Premiere. Based on the last 3 days the Roamio is better at OTA reception than all my other units. In use the Roamio appeared to be about the same as my Series 3 units (they all were receiving the same channels, as normal the Premiere was missing one of them), however using the signal strength meter on all my units and stepping through each channel (including the ones I don't get) the Roamio was able to lock on several channels that the Series 3 units (and Premiere) could not lock on at all, however the signals were still too weak to produce a watchable picture.General Observations:
  1. I setup my Roamio without buying service and was surprised to find the only think that worked was the tuner - it would not record or provide access to any apps without service
  2. Upon ordering Lifetime service it only took secs for the box to be activated. In less than 1 hour I was able to transfer files from my other DVRs and computer. I was also able to transfer seasons passes on line and setup podcast downloads.
  3. Boot time is about 3.5 minutes.
  4. I could not change the Roamio's remote address with the Roamio's remote. Of course my other TiVos did not respond to the Roamio's remote however the Roamio did respond to all my other TiVo's remotes.
  5. The coax cable end and area around the tuner connection is worm to hot and much wormer than any of my other TiVos.
  6. Streaming a show from my Premiere actually provides a superior experience as compared to using the Premiere directly. Accessing the Premiere from the Roamio is like accessing a menu option on the Roamio itself - fast.
File Transfer Rates (MRV), all values are rounded to a whole number:
  1. Roamio to Computer = 93 Mb/s (using free TiVo desktop)
  2. Computer to Roamio = 93 Mb/s (file was uploaded to computer from Premiere using TiVo Desktop).
  3. Premiere to Roamio = 80 Mb/s
  4. TiVo HD to Roamio = 30 Mb/s
  5. Original Series 3 to Roamio = 30 Mb/s
  6. Series 2 to Roamio = 3 Mb/s (yes that is correct).
Conclusion: The Roamio appears to be an excellent OTA DVR. It is fast and a joy to use.

TiVo Stream.. Sell with XL4 or separately?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:57
So I'm purging my Premiere XL4 and will be getting it up for sale on Craigslist or eBay soon. I also have a Stream that needs to go. Will I fetch more for the Stream if I sell it separately than if I include it with the XL4?

Tivo WD Expander unsupported on Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:49
I bought the Roamio Plus today. Everything went fine with installation, except for my existing expander which shows as "unsupported" in my Roamio.

It is the same expander (approved by Tivo) that I have been using with my Premiere 4. I made sure I unpaired it from my P4 prior to hooking it up to my Roamio. Roamio recognizes it on the pop up screen, however, it shows it as "unsupported" when I try to set it up.

I called Tivo and they could not figure it out. They said it may be a problem with the hard drive, which I doubt it since it was working great until I got the Roamio.

Any idea on how to fix this?

Thanks!

I so Really Hate TiVo!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:35
God issues all the time, over priced Services and OUTDATED Equipment!
I have been a TiVo Customer Since 1st Box Rolled out, it cost A lot a was Giant but worked 100X Better than these boxes! You always blame every issue on Cable but Always you and after paying $40 a month for another 2 years plus buying New Boxes Again you want me to pay 100s Again?
Are you kidding?
Before Direct Tv took Over you guys were worth it but now I can get 4 shows record free with Cable Dvr and I can with service I pay a large month fee for and always Glitches!
Plus Netflix, Hulu, Rhapsody, ect and Cable I'm paying $300 a month a can't get current Equipment?
It's not I can't afford it,
It's the principle, in a time when everything's obsolete every couple yrs and cost $2 bucks to make you think TiVo would be more interested in collecting its staggeringly high monthly fees
Then pushing out life long Customers they stepped on to get here!

I am so. Disappointed in TiVo, as well as feel gauged for equipment replacements!
Pls post your exp here, And TIVO REMOVE my post and it will be Blasted to BBB, Rip-off Report, and 500 other Complaint and Review site, OK!
Jason Wv

Inside Chipotle on Bloomberg

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:33
Recorded it this morning. Haven't watched it yet.

Maybe http://www.bloomberg.com/video/behin...vhkjU8QKw.html is the entire ep?

Inside McDonald's on Bloomberg

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:31
I recorded it this morning and it will be rerun later today. I've watched a bit so far and I like it.

It looks like the whole ep might up at http://www.bloomberg.com/video/beyon...UwpzkT8ng.html.

MLB.TV DVR Features

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:24
I am looking at the new Roamie TIVOs. I am currently on DirecTV with older TIVOs and have the MLB Extra Innings. I am weighing the trade-offs between MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV as delivered on TIVOs.

I have a Roku and am not at all happy with the fasts forward and rewind capabilities. On the Roku when you FF or RW the screen hangs and you see the program progress indicator move, but you are completely blind as to what is going on or visually where you are in the programs.

Does the TIVO MLB.TV app behave more like the Roku or more like typical content recorded from cable TV? If there are any on-line videos showing this I would be greatly appreciative. I have only been able to find a short clip of a rewind, but nothing of a fast forward.

Using Dish Network Hopper Internet Connector for MoCa

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:14
Hello,

Recently I've been using Powerline AV500 ethernet adapters to connect two of my Tivos (Premiere 2 tuner and Romio 4 tuner). There have been some reliability issues (Error message states that the other Tivo is not set up to stream video, but a reboot fixes it), so I think I will move on to MoCa as I'm hoping it should give me a more steady connection.

I was hoping to save some money, so I purchased two of these.

I also ordered this PoE filter.

I'm realize these are DISH branded items, but according to the description, as long as I don't use another branded adapter, they should bridge my ethernet over coax just the same.

Is there any reason that these adapters would not work for my purposes? I am having WOW digital cable and internet installed later this week, so I'd like to get everything up and running at once. I suppose the next cheapest option would be FIOS routers used as MoCa adapters.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Roamio Pro Picture Quality / Sound Quality diminished?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:38
Recently jumped from my old 2 Tuner Premier XL to the new Roameo Plus 6 tuner.... I cannot shake the feeling that the video and audio quality in general seems diminished on the new box compared to my old 2 tuner unit...Color doesn't seem to pop as nice...and the overall picture seems darker, particularly on the premium movie channels. The audio seems quieter with diminished base with the overall sound much "tinnier"...I have turned the TV volume up to compensate but it doesn't seem as good.

When I refer to picture quality I am NOT referring to the HD interface...I'm just talking watching TV or recordings.

Could the diminished quality overall be the result of the cable signal splitting 6 ways instead of 2?
Anyone else noticing?

Appreciate any help
Joe

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon - Why?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:34
I understand the appeal of these services to cordcutters and people who like movies, but for people who have cable service, and aren't that big into movies, what's the point of having both cable and one (or more) of these services?

Kick Back and Kickoff on TV This Week

TiVo Blog - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:00
MONDAY – College Football: Florida State at Pittsburgh – ESPN 8PM ET The Panters square off against Florida State who won their first title in eight years. A potent Florida run game will try to outplay a strong Pittsburgh defense lead by Aaron Donald in both teams season debuts. The Panthers are underdogs to the 11th-ranked Florida State Seminoles, but are 5-3 againts Florida in their previous meetings.   TUESDAY – Extreme Weight Loss – ABC 8PM ET Bob is a police officer in Wisconsin and the “Fit for Duty” Continue Reading

From multiple TiVos to one Roamio + Minis?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:53
Was wondering if others replacing multiple recording TiVos with a single Roamio + Minis had any thoughts about what they'd do if the Roamio ever goes down.

Personally, I've gone from:

A) two Series 3 OLEDs + two Premieres to
B) one Premiere XL 4 + one Premiere + two Minis to
C) one Roamio Pro + three Minis

I'm excited about only having to pay one cable card fee + not having to pay the "multi-outlet" fee, and I'm excited about one central box for all of the Season Passes.

But I've now engineered a solution where if the Pro ever goes down, there will be zero TV in the house until the Pro gets replaced. While I'm fine with that, I'm fairly sure my roommate would kill me.

I bought my Pro from Best Buy, so my thoughts were to either get the BBY warranty (because I hear they do immediate replacements, but I have no personal experience with that), or to keep one the old TiVos from B) <above>.

Anyhow, just curious if anyone else was in the same situation? Would the Roamio going down cause hate and discontent within your house? What's your plan?

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

Big Brother 9/1/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:16
That was one of the most satisfying episodes of BB. I loved it when Amanda went into the room to tell Ellissa that she feels Ellissa is antagonizing her. So Ellissa, following the advice of the other HGs, just avoids her and walks out of the room without responding. Then Amanda goes outside to complain and says someting like "She just walks away, I can't believe she keeps antagonizing me like that". So, if Ellissa talks to her she is pushing her buttons, and if she avoids the confrontation she is antagonizing her?

Also loved it when Amanda said "I feel like I'm back in high school" and Spencer says "were you a mega bitch in high school?".

Trade 6 Month Old Premiere 4 for Roamio? Does Tivo Have Trade Program?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:16
My (home upgraded) Premiere 4 is just 6 months old and finally seems to be working fine. Is it worth trading it for a Roamio? I still have the original HD so I can put. It back in. Does TiVo have a trade up program? Will it work with my stream?

Jack

Location of IR receiver on Roamio Plus/Pro?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:10
Does anyone know where the IR receiver window is on the new Roamio Plus or Pro? I can't locate it.

I use an IR network extender as the TiVo is located in a cabinet that does not have direct line of sight with the IR remote.

The new remote of course works great but I'd like to be able to use my Harmony One also.

Roaming video output settings

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:39
With a TV that I assume is 1028p native display (Panasonic ST60 Plasma), is it better to go with Tivo's native or fixed video setting with HD broadcast? Are there any pro's or con's to using fixed setting with TiVo?

Not sure if this quote from the OPPO BRD manual would also apply to TiVo.

Quote: The rule of thumb when selecting an output resolution is to match the “native resolution” of your TV or display as closely as possible. The “native resolution” is the resolution of the actual display component in the TV, such as the Plasma panel, LCD panel, or DLP™ chip. The TV may accept input signals with lower or higher resolutions than its native resolution. In such cases, the electronics in the TV will upscale or downscale the video to fit its display component. Unfortunately, many TVs on the market only do an average job of scaling the video.

Roamio upgrade discount?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:24
I have a TiVo premiere which is currently out of contract. If I remember correctly I purchased it at a lower price with the requirement that I stay on contract for 2 years. The 2 years is now over and I see they've come out with the Roamio. Is anyone aware of TiVo providing a discount on the new device if signing up in a similar contract? I'd love to get the mid-tier device but I'm having difficulty getting over the $400 price tag.

Also, if I do get a second TiVo, is there a monthly subscription charge for each device or is there a way to get a multidevice subscription discount per month?

Transfer "interrupted" hang on two systems

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:18
Transfer "interrupted" hang on two systems

A few others I note have reported this.

TIVO Desktop shows all the TIVO 346 now playing shows fine On Ser 4 Premier Elite. Never had any issues on the wireless and shows play fine on TIVO

But hangs showing "transferring" sometimes says interrupted - and puts it in the que but left it that way all night and never did anything and also still said transferring. Downloads the "listings" off the TIVO quite fast and entered the MAK (assume it would not read the files if not). Have tried large 2 hour shows and small 30 minutes.

I've over the last few days had the same result on two systems and did the date update patch on both. TIVO Desktop does not seem to start the TIVO Beacon service but after failures I started it manually on both systems and same hang result. Downloaded and reinstall latest 2.8.3? on the link given often here. I was going to get PLUS but not sure that will solve anything - and seems can not download only have shipped in 5-7 business days.

Almost identical results with drives having about TB of space available and tried changing drives on many retries on:

1) Win 7 64 bit after uninstalling and re installing with patch it now just hangs totally after hit transfer a file. Total lockup a few times when can not even kill via kill process in task manager, but have to reboot to kill. Have 24GB memory about 20% total use and low CPU load.

2) New laptop Win 8 same result - Status shows interrupted and server will not retry like it says it will. Active CPU activity from it but very low like 10% useage and have 16GB of memory less than 15% used.

In the tray showing the TIVO Desktop server says running and "conversion paused" ?????

I even spent hours learning kmttg from scatch - reads the Meda data fine and fast. This might be a clue basically the same result (just used on Win 8 system)

Have it running with TIVO Desktop (confused it have to and without). Have tried various combinations of options including Java (and have latest 7 and 6) on Win 8 system. Curl option didn't even read metadata, Java does and tried the streaming option - all the same error from the Log which is even more confusing:

http IO exception for: http://192.168.1.111:80/download/Ame...ying&id=813317
Server returned HTTP response code: 503 for URL: http://192.168.1.111:80/download/Ame...ying&id=813317
Download failed to file: V:\From TIVO\Americas Got Talent (08_28_2013).TiVo

kmttg added the port 80 to the IP address - again reads the Meta data fine!

Partition V (for video) is on a 1 gig SSD drive.

Otherwise the new Asus win8 works great no other issues (use Start8 to get old start menu/desktop)

A few days ago went direct via html - saw listing but I can not recall if I was able to download the 2 file format options. Now trying again I can't get in - I remember I had terrible time figuring out user id and pw since been so long needed - finally I think got in using router ID/pw but now doesn't work :(

But again both Kmttg and TIVO Desktop reads the shows so is seeing the TIVO fine!

Best New Show Fall 2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:42
Well now that we are just short of the fall TV season, its time to reflect on last seasons first time offerings. What is everyone's opinion on what the best new show of the Fall 2012 season was? For me, its a relatively easy answer. There were only two new shows that I was still watching at the end of the season. They were Nashville and Chicago Fire. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Nashville, Chicago Fire is my pick.

How about yours?

iPad - Netflix - Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:28
I was viewing my iPad Netfix applications today when I noticed a small icon in the top right corner. The popup text said something about "play on other devices". I clicked the button and there was a selection to play on the Roamio. I selected Roamio and the Netflix app on the Roamio opened up and started playing the movie. This was an unexpected surprise.

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