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Does anybody like Hydra?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by IronHammer, Jun 11, 2018.

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  1. IronHammer

    IronHammer New Member

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    I quit using Tivo completely about 8 months ago (way before Hydra came out). I wanted a more Roku-ish experience. So we bought a RokuTV with tuners built in. Of course, there is no DVR in the RokuTV so we purchased Hulu TV ($40/month). While it took some getting used to, we ultimately find it extremely difficult to find and set our shows to record (particularly specials...Oscars anybody?). In all that time, I never cancelled my Tivo account. So, now we are thinking that Hulu really hates us and won't give us a grid guide. So I started searching Tivo stuff and found out about Hydra. To me, it looks like Hulu's UI on steroids. I am seeing a LOT to like about Hydra. I love the idea of putting specific apps on the main menu where you can get to them easily (Hello Plex my old friend!!) But the general vibe I'm getting is that people say it's bad. BUT, is it bad as in "I hate paradigm shifts" or bad, as in "There are features missing/broken" in Hydra. I can live with switching back and forth between Roku for our other apps but I'd like to have that Hulu-ish UI but WITH a guide!

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    There are plenty of people that like Hydra...a recent survey here showed TCF split down the middle. I like it quite a bit, and don't miss any of the things that were not carried forward. You should, however, read through the threads to see what is not supported. For example, direct Tivo to Tivo transfers don't work, but viewing from the remote DVR does. If none of the "missing" features are important to you, go for it!
     
  3. IronHammer

    IronHammer New Member

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    I have an older Roamio OTA unit. Will Hydra be very slow on it you think? Also, I've fallen in love with the Roku Remote app for my phone. Does Tivo's remote app work well?
     
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Hydra on a basic/OTA Roamio has some small performance hits with the guide. With Hydra, you get more information about the program you have selected. This added text has to be displayed, so it takes longer. It's easy to get used to and is still faster that using a Series4. Also, the grid guide moves in 2 hour jumps only, similar to what you get with a grid guide and the Forward button. The Right button works differently with Hydra.

    I use a Roku Ultra. Any comparison to a TiVo would be unfair.
     
  5. IronHammer

    IronHammer New Member

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    So, basically, Hydra on Roamio is a bit slow but tolerable. Nothing new there.

    How about Hulu Plus programming...will OnePass find shows that are in Hulu Plus's lineup of channels? I am getting more excited about getting home and firing up my old lovable Roamio! LOL!
     
  6. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Like I said, it's the guide with more content. I don't have a Hulu sub.

    You really should get the VOX. With voice search it's like having Wikipedia ability. Nothing links to the TiVo for a 1P, but it's fun to play with.
     
  7. Barnstormer

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    Never switched to Hydra. I really like the ability to copy a show from from Tivo unit to another. I find the text interface of my Roamio to be just fine. I can't figure out what Hydra will give me that is worth switching. Maybe I am just ignorant.
     
  8. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Does Hydra remove the ability to transfer shows between units?

    I really can't vote either way because I haven't tried it, to be fair. At this moment I don't, as I'm not interested in some of the things about it especially the guide restriction (no more choice and the one they chose is the one I don't like). But that's just me. picky picky picky :D
     
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  9. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    I don’t know if it also applies to Hydra boxes, but Hulu OnePass linkage is currently broken.

    See: Hulu no longer an option on Onepass
     
  10. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Via the TiVo UI, yes, which also breaks PyTivo uploads; TiVo Online is supposed to be available for initiating transfers, but I’ve heard poor results.
     
  11. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    That's a funny question. My Hydra Roamio (1TB) is 60% full. It never recorded a single program. Magic. :D
     
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  12. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I think you made your point. :cool:
     
  13. stile99

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    Now now, at least OP didn't make it a poll.

    The week is young though.
     
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  14. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

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    I have had zero problems transferring using TiVo online. I don’t do it a lot but it has worked every time.
     
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  15. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Just to be clear... with a Hydra box sending or receiving?
     
  16. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Oddly, I've done it for all the shows, such as when I'm replacing an existing machine and I transfer the Passes and content of 'My Shows'.

    Conversely, I've gone into my Tivo account to just move one thing, more than once, and it didn't do anything.

    It's been a while, though. Fortunately, I have my situation in a good way right now where I can (all wireless) either watch a show from the other machine, or I can transfer a show quickly (HD one hour show in 4-6 minutes). Hope that continues, as it seems like things change every now and then, and my wireless ability is diminished.
     
  17. Joe3

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    First, look at how much Tivo cost, plus paying monthly cost or up front cost for the Tivo data. Then look at what you're getting from hydra and what you are loosing. If you tend to like the sizzle over the stake, the pretty over the practical, go with Hydra. But if you like the ability to do more with your tivo than saying, "oooh, how pretty," stay with what gives you more practical flexibility. But to me the best about Tivo is neither of these, but that they gave me a choice until all is equal.
     
  18. TonyD79

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    My two bolts are both hydra.
     
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  19. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

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    Or you just want a simple to use dvr. Hydra is, to some of us, easier to use and consistent in its use. It works simply and easily with a minimum of bugs (none have given me any pain).

    TiVo hasn’t been “steak” for years.
     

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