Is it time to dump Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Daviator00, Nov 7, 2018.

Time to dump Tivo for streaming services?

  1. Yes! Sadly, Tivo has been failing for years.

    5 vote(s)
  2. No! I still love my Tivo and hope for a comeback.

    40 vote(s)
  1. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2011


    I use Channels DVR for all the OTA stuff and that has a very good commercial skip. I hate watching OTA commercials as they seem really repetitious.
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    (I have no subscription cost since I always get Lifetime. But, there are still the CableCard fees.)

    I'm tentatively working towards a move like this, but that has more to do with Verizon and Comcast than TiVo. If / when it happens, I'd like to keep the TiVos, for OTA. It depends partly on when and if there are suitable TiVo client apps for the streaming platforms.
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Gettin' kinda tired of these posts, are we, Diana? ;)
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    It's the internet. Meets expectations.
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH


    Methinks the lady doth protest quite appropriately. :D
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  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Mine are all lifetime so I'll keep them until they die. Not sure if I'll replace them when they do though.
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  7. lafos

    lafos Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2004
    Sioux Falls, SD
    I'm using 3 boxes bought with lifetime back in 2010 and other than upgrading drives, they have worked well. They record, play, share content between themselves, and do more than they could when new. Based on this, I added two Bolts, replacing a 16-year-old S2 and a 11-year-old S3.

    Surely not perfect, but they do their jobs. Over time of ownership, cost is a bargain IMO
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  8. jhhyde

    jhhyde Member

    Dec 31, 2001
    Sammamish, WA
    mine are all lifetime and i am very happy with TiVo trickplay and remote control design for unparalleled playback control. everything else i have seen have crappy remotes with too many buttons and no ability to quickly respond to any trick play requirement.

    however, because they are moving on to an interface i don't care for and are continually breaking or taking away features that i have enjoyed, they are on the bubble with me.

    their dismal responses to guide data issues and channel line ups are another sore point.

    they broke music playback on both my Premiere and Roamio OTA. it now only works on my Bolt for me.

    if they remove the ability to upload and download to and from my PC, i will definitely say bye, bye to TiVo.

    and Thank God for PyTiVo!
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  9. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    You'll have to pry my TiVo gear from my cold dead hands.
    mrsean, aristoBrat, PSU_Sudzi and 7 others like this.
  10. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Lubbock Texas
    Well, golly gee, if you want to get rid of your TiVo I'll buy it.

    You seem to think it's not worth much - $5?
  11. kokishin

    kokishin Active Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    OP's shorted TIVO?
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  12. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    And it begins "20 Dinar!" Do I hear 25 ? "25 Dinar for the Tivo!" Do I hear 30, it's slide remote also "40 Dinar" ! ......
  13. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    I have a perfectly good Roamio DVR w/ lifetime service and a gaggle of minis that I'll use until they die or become totally obsolete, which should be a good long while yet.

    If I had to replace my setup today, I'd buy TiVo again. If it's years from now, then I'll take a look at all the options available then and make my decision, but I'd certainly consider whatever TiVo's next thing winds up being... if they even do a "next thing" past the Bolts...

    I'm not all that interested in SlingTV, DirecTV now and similar real-time streaming services. They're just cable in a crappier format and the "cloud DVR" is no comparison vs home DVR. Plex/Channels/HDHomeRun, Amazon Fire TV/Recast & TabloTV all show promise, but none work as well as TiVo right now.

    Come March, my Spectrum promo runs out and my $95/mo cable bill will go to $150/mo, so I'm dropping all that and going back to the antenna on the Tivo w/ netflix & amazon to supplement.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
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  14. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    Well, I also am part of a family on a YouTube TV account. It's been helpful for some content that is not part of my Comcast package (mostly sports stuff). I love my TiVo and I will ride it as long as I can. But if/when the dynamic changes, I could see Youtube being a decent replacement for my fmaily based on how WE watch the content we do.
  15. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    I am sad to say it is getting to be about that time. The problem is, there just isn't anything I have found that could reasonably replace them. Consequently, I've mostly just stopped watching TV. It isn't worth it. The problem is, however, I do still have my video library, but there is nothing out there that can serve up the library in a reasonable fashion - at least not that I have found. If anyone knows of any client that can serve up video as well as TiVo VideoManager, I am all ears. I've tried multiple servers and a ton of clients, and none are acceptable.

    As for those waiting for a comeback, it is sadly a pipe dream. I would say there is zero chance of TiVo supporting HME again, which for me is an absolute deal killer. I suspect they are even going to refuse to reintroduce support for TiVoToGo.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018

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