Amazon is now selling the Roamio OTA for $49

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  1. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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  2. Arcady

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    So.... $39 for an extra Roamio remote, or $49 for a remote that comes with a whole TiVo?

    Decisions, decisions...
     
  3. spaldingclan

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    what size harddrive is that in there? 500gb? I'd almost want to buy this, rip out the drive and sell the remote and pop a smaller drive in and sell it. are you required to activate it?
     
  4. tarheelblue32

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    Nope, you don't have to activate it. Though turning around and selling one without the remote and a smaller hard drive sounds a little dirty to me.
     
  5. Arcady

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    I was thinking I'd buy one, replace the remote with a new one from a Mini, but upgrade the hard drive to 2TB and sell it.
     
  6. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I'm thinking of buying one from and with my Best Buy $40 rewards coupon I just got (or a FireTV stick) just mainly for the remote and maybe the hard drive.

    Does anyone know if I don't activate it, can I at least setup manual recordings with it? I have an ATSC/QAM modulator that I'd like to use as a source for it.
     
  7. Arcady

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    I don't think any modern TiVo will allow recording without service.
     
  8. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Thanks. I was thinking I heard you could at least do basic pause and manual recordings.

    Can so one who maybe just bought a TiVo OTA give it a quick try for me before activating?
     
  9. Dan203

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    All you can do is pause live TV. All recording functions are disabled. And its going to bug you every time you go into the menus to activate service.
     
  10. Dan203

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    I wish they offered MSD on this, I might consider getting one. I have one station I can only get via OTA. I currently record it on my PC with an HDHomeRun and then convert/transfer the recordings to my TiVo. But it's a PITA and I've gotten lazy so haven't watched those shows in a while. Would be much easier to just stream from an actual TiVo, but $150 for a Roamio Basic + service seems like a bit much for this. If I could get an OTA for $50 and pay for MSD I might do it.
     
  11. Arcady

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    You can buy my OTA-capable Premiere and it qualifies for $6.95 a month... :eek:
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Does it actually qualify for $6.95 if transferred to my account? I was actually looking at your thread and considering that, but you said you couldn't get a strait answer from TiVo about that.
     
  13. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Oh ok. Maybe I'll just get it for the remote and HD then.

    I saw this and it sounded interesting tho:

     
  14. Dan203

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    Yeah he used the 30 day return window. So he activated service for a month, recorded a bunch of stuff, canceled the service before 30 days so as to get a refund and avoid the commitment, then continued to watch the stuff he recorded.

    That's the other thing you can do, watch anything that is already in My Shows after the service is canceled. But to do that you have to have service in the first place. And if you screw up and forget to cancel before the 30 days are up you'll be on the hook for an early termination fee. And in either case it will still bug you about activating service every time you go into the menus.
     
  15. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yeah I saw that he did that, but he also continues to use it to pause and swap tuners for various news shows, etc.

    I went ahead and ordered it, if only for the HD and remote. My cost was only $10.39 anyway.
     
  16. Arcady

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    I'll call up TiVo tomorrow and ask them to give me a firm yes or no. If I can get them to commit to it and give me a case# or something, I'll let you know.
     
  17. Dan203

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    OK, PM me when you hear back.
     
  18. blacknoi

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    So I have a Roamio Basic with a non-RF remote.

    Is the remote this one comes with RF and if so, can the BASIC get paired up with the (assuming )RF remote this one comes with.... without any USB dongle etc?

    I wouldn't mind buying it for the remote upgrade to my basic, as well as a spare extra hard drive.
     
  19. JoeKustra

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    To answer the question if the basic Roamio works with the RF remote without a dongle: yes. I replaced all my remotes with the same rf remote. Even when they work via IR.
     
  20. spaldingclan

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    uh if I told whomever was buying it how many hours it held how is that "dirty" I never said I'd try and pass it off as anything more than what it was.
     

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