$99 Lifetime on All Roamio through 10/31 (not 10 yr loyalty promo!)

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by LightningBOLT, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    To me, the analysis is:

    Pros of the Roamio Pro with All-In for $600:
    -Cheaper ($600 vs $800)
    -More storage (3 TB vs 1 TB)
    -More tuners (6 vs 4)
    -More conventional case design

    Pros of the Bolt 1TB with All-In for $800:
    -Capable of recording and streaming 4K
    -Ability to record both OTA and cable signals (Roamio only works with cable)
    -Newer, more powerful hardware
    -Commercial Skip mode (although supposedly this is coming to Roamio)

    So ultimately, each user has to determine which of those factors are most important to them, and the analysis will be different for each person.
     
  2. jonw747

    jonw747 Active Member

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    We should probably have an official score card somewhere because when comparing the Bolt to the Roamio Plus/Pro you missed some items:

    - stream support (6 simultaneous channels)
    - component video output
    - metal case, no bend, easy access to internals to service fan/hard drive
    - 3.5" hard drive upgradeable to 6TB (without SMR technology)

    And probably some others I'm missing as well.

    Also, while TiVo has indicated that the Bolt will be able to record 4K over QAM, it's still unclear at this point if anyone will provide 4K over QAM.
     
  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    And you have to have a 4K HDTV to use that, and how many hours can you get with 4K recordings.
     
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    A few previously compiled pro/con lists from which to build...

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10724969#post10724969
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10707707#post10707707

    http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10707464#post10707464
    http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10705460#post10705460
     
  5. tvmaster2

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    How long did it take for the unit to be delivered, 3 days, a week, 2 weeks? Standard ground shipping?

    thanks
     
  6. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    The Pro I ordered during the Holiday Sale arrived in a few days; in fact, a few days ahead of the expected delivery date when I placed the order. No special, expedited shipping.

    edit: p.s. Ah, right, the order info is available under our TiVo account...
    Ordered: Nov. 24th, 2:30pm
    Shipped: Nov. 24th, 8:25pm (Texas)
    Arrived: Nov. 27th, 12:32pm (Illinois)

    Method: UPS Ground​
    YMMV (especially since we're deeper into Xmas season)
     
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  7. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    Ordered 12/03/2015
    Shipped: 12/04/2015 (Texas)
    Ship Method: UPS Ground 4-6 Bus. Days
    Delivered: 12/09/2015 (California)
     
  8. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    FYI... Just received this info in an email from TiVo:

    Subject: Hurry! Less than 24 hours left to get your TiVo products by 12/25.

    Order by noon PT on Dec. 17th, get it by Dec. 25th.
     
  9. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    :( I haven't got that email. You're special :)
    Thanks for the heads up. I guess they won't be bargaining tomorrow before 12pm PT
     
  10. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't wait any longer for a Plus unit to come back in stock, as I've been trying for two months. Settled for the Pro promo, and yes, soft-talked them into a free slide remote. Didn't see myself needing 4K for the next five years, like to have component outputs for various distribution, and that non-stackable element of the Bolt still bugs me.
    Guess it's time to sell a couple of Premieres....
     
  11. rbendorf

    rbendorf New Member

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    I just called them up today and also locked in the Pro Lifetime deal with the slide remote. I was also looking for the Plus, but they are gone, and will probably no longer be offered. My Premiere is now almost 5 years old and it is time to move up. At present the Bolt does not appeal to me for various reasons, so I decided to go with the Roamio.
     
  12. jonw747

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    Well, technically you can shove a 5TB HD in to the Bolt, so, a fair amount is possible; and of course content is going to be limited in the short-term.

    Still, I wouldn't bet on a Bolt being a long-term solution for 4K recording. There's just no way of knowing how things will play out.
     
  13. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Can you get a 5TB hard drive in a 2.5" form factor?
     
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    dansforest New Member

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    I havent taken it yet but this was all that was offered. Guess i will have to do it.
     
  15. SpeedNut

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    FYI got this deal on a Pro today (no slide remote though) and was offered a Bolt 500GB + Lifetime for $700.
     
  16. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    So is this deal basically going to run until they are out of stock on Roamio Pros? I'm very seriously considering buying one and selling my Premiere XL4 on eBay. Since I live in a market that has SkipMode on the Roamios, I figure I wouldn't be giving up much by not waiting for the Bolt Pro. I don't care at all about 4K. The only thing that worries me is the possibility that they will decide not to roll out SkipMode nationwide on the Roamios, and will instead yank SkipMode in the test markets. Do you guys think this is possible?
     
  17. gespears

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    Even if they pulled it, the Roamio Pro is much nicer than the Premier. I replaced three premier two tuner units with a pro and minis and am very happy I did. Especially since I sold the premiers for enough to pay for the Roamio. I put a 6TB drive in and have never looked back.
     
  18. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Oh, I agree that the Roamios are superior to the Premieres, and I really could use those two extra tuners. The problem is that once you have SkipMode, you get spoiled. If I thought there was a chance they would take away SkipMode on the Roamios, I'd rather wait for the Bolt Pro.
     
  19. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    I'm concerned they are going to charge for SkipMode. I might even pay. That would be another source of recurring revenue for TiVo, although I have no idea what the cost is.
     
  20. tivoboy

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    Has anyone been able to get a 99$ deal on an older TIVO after putting a new unit - like a bolt on the account?

    I'd like to get my premier XL4 up to lifetime now that I am moving to add a Bolt.
     

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