Ten days ago I ordered a Tivo Roamio Plus and a Mini. The Plus for our family room, the Mini for the basement. The Tivo agent who sold me this package assured me that I could connect these two units together. "It will be easy." Even in an old home, over 100 feet between the two units, modem and router another 25 feet from the Plus in a third room, I ask. Still "no problem" he says.
The UPS box arrived several days later. I jump into the connection process. 30 minutes later, the Plus is working. That's the good news. The Mini--a different story. Days later, after numerous calls to Tivo Help, each time getting different instructions about connecting the Mini, almost none of which is on the website, the Mini still won't connect. It loads, reboots, loads again. Still picture but no motion. Hours of my time invested. Frustration mounts. I've spent at least 20 hours on this, calling Tivo, searching this site and the web for answers. I buy extra cable, consider buying a second Moca adapter but am then told I don't need one. Still nothing works.
So I give up. Didn't want to. But I'm not going to pay $600 up front plus serious connection fees each year for a product that's just marginally better than a new cable company DVR. The final frustration was paying $26 when dropping off the box at UPS this morning. You'd think Tivo would pay for return shipping when a product does not work as advertised. I called Tivo later today and to see if they might reconsider paying for the return. Nope. Nope. Nope. "That's our policy and we're sicking to it".
Prior to this, I thought Tivo was a great company with advanced products and services. Now I'm not so sure. My attitude toward Tivo products and customer service just fell to the bottom of the chart. Apparently they don't care whether my system worked or not.
I will not be able to say anything positive about Tivo to friends, relatives and co-workers in the months and years ahead. I hope Tivo figures it was worth it!!!