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Old 10-11-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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Future Tivo Release roadmap - buy a Roamio Pro now or wait?

I am thinking about buying a Roamio Pro to replace a Series 3 unit.

Does anyone have any information on the upcoming release schedule or technology change that would warrant waiting for the next hardware upgrade or is it fairly wise to upgrade now?

The Series 3 unit works but I find myself juggling conflicts a lot more.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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The Roamio line isn't going to see a major update for quite a while. I do think you may see some minor tweaks such as 4k capabilities in a year or two, but not a wholesale update.

The mini is schedule for an update in January, but even that I expect will be pretty minor - probably nothing more than adding an RF remote similar the the base tivo,

I think now is a good time to purchase both.
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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This has been asked several times before, and the consensus is usually that it will most likely be years before TiVo releases a new line of DVRs. The Roamio line just came out last year so it is still relatively new. I would be shocked if TiVo came out with a new DVR within the next 2 years. The Roamio is an excellent DVR, so if you want to upgrade now, it is probably a good time to do it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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6 tuners is essentially the limit with CableCARD so I don't see a change there.

They could potentially upgrade storage on each unit as prices continue to slowly come down in hard drives.

At most we could potentially see a price cut but not sure when. TiVo usually ends up dropping the price by around $100 on each unit after so long, but I forget the timeframe now. This would be done instead of a storage increase.
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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Roamio Plus/Pro is for digital cable only, with 6 tuners, 1 cable card slot, Built-in Wireless and MoCa. Its much faster than the predecessors. The Roamio basic (may have been renamed to Roamio OTA) model is similar except with OTA support, 4 tuners and no MoCa.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:22 PM   #6
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Roamio Plus/Pro is for digital cable only, with 6 tuners, 1 cable card slot, Built-in Wireless and MoCa. Its much faster than the predecessors. The Roamio basic (may have been renamed to Roamio OTA) model is similar except with OTA support, 4 tuners and no MoCa.
The Roamio OTA is a completely separate product. There is still a basic Roamio 4 tuner that does both OTA and digital cable with cablecard.
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:07 AM   #7
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6 tuners is essentially the limit with CableCARD so I don't see a change there.

They could potentially upgrade storage on each unit as prices continue to slowly come down in hard drives.

At most we could potentially see a price cut but not sure when. TiVo usually ends up dropping the price by around $100 on each unit after so long, but I forget the timeframe now. This would be done instead of a storage increase.
My Cisco TA supports 8 tuners, as does a Cisco PKM908 cablecard.

The update for my TA rolled a short while ago (version ending with 2001), while I'm not yet able to get a PKM908 card. No need for it anyway. Just putting it out there that somebody must be planning an 8-tuner product, or planning ahead that somebody is planning on one...

I doubt TiVo is, or the product known as the TiVo Mega wouldn't be restricted to 6 tuners, from where I sit, anyway...
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My Cisco TA supports 8 tuners, as does a Cisco PKM908 cablecard.

The update for my TA rolled a short while ago (version ending with 2001), while I'm not yet able to get a PKM908 card. No need for it anyway. Just putting it out there that somebody must be planning an 8-tuner product, or planning ahead that somebody is planning on one...

I doubt TiVo is, or the product known as the TiVo Mega wouldn't be restricted to 6 tuners, from where I sit, anyway...
The problem is that getting the 8 tuner CableCards and Tuning adapters from a cable company is going to be really difficult to do. Maybe in 2 or 3 years they will become more common, but right now they aren't. I can't see TiVo making an 8-tuner model for at least 2 more years.
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:41 PM   #9
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I am thinking about buying a Roamio Pro to replace a Series 3 unit.

Does anyone have any information on the upcoming release schedule or technology change that would warrant waiting for the next hardware upgrade or is it fairly wise to upgrade now?

The Series 3 unit works but I find myself juggling conflicts a lot more.

Thanks in advance for your help.
There isn't much more that they can do to improve on the product offering they provide today in the next 3-4 years.

If you can live with 6 tuners, there is nothing "better" coming up other than maybe a "Cloud" offering, but that will not be an "upgrade" as far as I'm concerned.
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