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Old 01-26-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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TV HD or newer model?

What advantages do the newer Tivo's have over the Tivo HD? I am looking form something to record HD local over the air signals. Two tuners will work fine.

My TV already has Netflix and other internet features so that is not important to me in the Tivo.

When I checked ebay it looks like Tivo Series 3 HD are a lot cheaper for a lifetime box then a premier or roamio. What would I gain with the newer boxes?


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Old 01-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #2
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I wouldn't say my premiere is a ton faster than my S3, but it's definitely noticeable. Neither of them do Netflix as well as my HTPC. The biggest functional difference if you don't care about more than 2 tuners is the ability to stream copy-protected content between boxes, but unless you live under the scurge of time warner, that's not a big deal. If you're comparing used vs. a new Roamio then you might get some value from having a warranty.

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The older boxes are getting long in the tooth. The two things that can go wrong with Tivos are power supplies and hard drives, which are starting to show their age with the series 3 boxes.

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If you know how to solder, you can replace the usual suspects, capacitor-wise, on the power supply for about $10 worth of replacement low ESR, 105 degree rated electrolytics.

And S3 or S4, you're going to want to slap a 2TB WD20EURS in there anyway.


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Depending on model: Mini support, streaming, MoCA, WiFi as well.

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H.264 support is also something to take into consideration.

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Roamios have better OTA tuners than Premieres or Tivo HD models,

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The newer models support the HD menus. These display additional information that I find useful. For example, the To Do list can be set to display what won't be recorded and why (conflict, duplicate, etc). The Season Pass list will "grey out" entries that don't have matching shows and indicate which ones have conflicts.

I've read that it's much easier to replace the hard drive in the Roamio. Just drop in a drive and the firmware on the motherboard will initialize the drive. While this is doable on older models, it's more involved.

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