Done with TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by orionprime, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006


    I like my bolt better than my roamio.
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  2. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    LOL.. The truth hurts..... I'm taking about cable/TiVo dvr's. Yeah, we'll see some OTA DVR solutions for years, but mass use of physical DVR's is shrinking (just like TiVo stock.) VOD and online DVR's will add most of the last nails to most cable DVR's coffin. Why do I need a dvr when many programs are available on demand? My reason is just convenience and lazy. But its not really necessary.

    And I'll hide for the day with these comments...
    Why would anyone pay for service for an OTA DVR when multiple free options are available?
    PAID DVR services are going to die and I don't believe in the Easter Bunny.
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  3. Adam C.

    Adam C. Active Member

    Jul 24, 2017
    I always hated cable On Demand because in most cases they don't let you skip commercials. So that's where a DVR has the advantage.

    My OTA DVR is a Roamio and I don't pay any monthly fees. I paid a one time $350 charge to buy the equipment and that was it.
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  4. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

    Dec 20, 2012
    Mankato, MN
    my TivoHD takes the buffer + more still. The other day I hit record and it recorded the last 30 minutes plus the end of the show. It was a half hour show and it ended up recording almost 50 minutes.

    The Roamio (although not hooked up for 3 months now) also recorded the buffered part but only to the start of the program.

    edit: just tried it. Hit record at 10:46 on the current 1/2 hour program that was recording and it showed me 26 minutes already recorded. Hit stop and went to play it back and the Tivo started 10 minutes into the recording at the beginning of the program that started at 10:30. I can rewind and it shows the last 10 minutes of the previous program.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  5. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2004


    Not everything is on VOD, a lot of it's still stereo sound, and the picture quality looks worse than a recording sometimes. Cloud dvr's have their own issues.
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  6. chiguy50

    chiguy50 U.S. Army (ret.)

    Nov 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    What issues have surfaced with cloud DVR recording? I know about the limited retention periods, but have no personal experience to draw on.

    What other drawbacks can you identify?
  7. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    I just can't justify paying for OTA guide data when there is plenty for free.... But if it makes you happy... sweet!
  8. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    You are absolutely correct! But it seems the masses are fine with 720 and stereo as many are watching on portable devices. The numbers are there to support my view as tons of folks are dumping cable/DVR's and going OTA. TiVo has a very tinny bit of that business and due to the cost, will die a slow death.

    People still use VHS too.... Yup.. Its' going to die too.
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  9. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Sure, but we're all going to die eventually. The question is when, and there's plenty of WAGs about that around here.
  10. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Many cloud dvr services will replace your recorded program with the VOD one to include commercials. Most cloud services and most all cable cutting services are 720p and only stereo. Many people can't tell the difference on a portable device.
  11. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2011
    You are right. I still see a Model T Ford running around here once in a while but to say "No one can say when they will die off" is just nuts. I see it and read it every day that folks are dumping cable and DVRs very rapidly now. Those that deny it are just blindly ignoring all the signs. Cable companies are going to continue to make it more and more difficult and less desirable to get their TV through cablecards. You'll always have that guy somewhere saying that it's BS because he has a cablecard and it was easy. When a new administration gets back in charge and restarts net neutrality things will change even more. This is a very evolving tech now and the old way will be a small niche. Most will say it died but some will still say "but I still have my 8 track so it's clearly not dead".
  12. Joe3

    Joe3 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Boston MA
    I always raise an eyebrow and and cold chill runs down my back whenever I hear some speaking for the masses and telling me what the masses do or think. Historically, they are always been a bunch of asses.
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  13. Willy92

    Willy92 Member

    Oct 12, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Bah! DVR's gonna end...Ha! I've had Tivo since 1999.
    My Bolt is cable or OTA, in case I get run out of my apartment. I still buy DVD's,Blue Ray or 4K(but I did get rid of my VHS's). I drive V8 powered, gas guzzling sedan that I don't plan to get rid of. These people talking about the end of anything just want someone to jump in with them.
    I love my Tivo.
    I love my car.
    I love watching DVD movies, whenever I want.
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  14. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    They still make vinyl records, despite them being "replaced" by audio cassettes, CDs, and mp3s, and streaming music services. Why? Because some people still prefer vinyl records to the newer technologies. The same thing will happen with DVRs.
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  15. bricco

    bricco Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    Also a Tivo user since 1999. I can’t imagine the day when I come home and my shows aren’t waiting for me. VOD, SVOD and streaming not the same. Too time-consuming. My faithful Tivo, whether its my Bolt, Roamio, or Premeire is always waiting for me. As for the guide data, yes, it’s gone downhill, but I have everything on Season Pass and that’s as good as it gets. Bring on the Edge. I’m signing up for both cable and OTA both with lifetime.
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  16. markjrenna

    markjrenna Active Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    New Jersey
    I've tried a few (OK many) other DVR's... Nothing comes close to TiVo on so many levels.
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  17. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2011
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  18. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Agree... a "niche" product... TiVo probably qualifies for that term today.
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  19. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    LOL... Yup, we see sales of 8-tracks everyday @ Bestbuy and Amazon..... Many paid dvr services will go the same way..... Just like 8-tracks.

    TiVo and 8-tracks... Nice comparison.
  20. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    I'm going to let this thread die... As I said.. IMO.. The days of paid DVR service are slowly going away. TiVo will always have its supports.. Just like Apple Kool-aid and will support them until they die. TiVo also know this and if you have watched what they are doing, you know that THEY know this too. Will our boxes still work? Maybe, maybe not.

    Enjoyed the responses! But no more from me on this.

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