Life after WMC as a Bolt Newbie (Ist day)

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Dave with Bolt, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    WMC has gotten broken many times in the past several years due to Win 10 updates. That alone would make me wary of moving away from Win 7. You've got at least 5 more years of ATSC 1.0.

    Personally, I think moving from WMC to Tivo is just moving from one nearly obsolete platform to another nearly obsolete platform. Amazon Recast is cheaper, easier and far more functional overall. And of course, now there's Tivo's own new streaming dongle integrated with Sling (and hopefully with AirTV for OTA).
     
  2. Worf

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    Well, I have hands in both camps, TiVo and WMC. And with WMC guide ending, I installed EPG123 and got back the good guide data (since EPG123 uses Schedules Direct, which uses Tribune (Gracenote) which was what TiVo used to use).

    TiVo is good in that it's an appliance that really just works. Dead simple to use and just works. Problem is, Rovi's guide pretty much sucks, and it's obvious they're not willing to put in the work to fix it. It's been how many years since the transition and guide errors are still common

    My WMC HTPC gives me plenty of problems (and nowhere near a high WAF as a TiVo), but it's only been just over a week since I switched back to Tribune for guide data and have been impressed at how good the guide is.

    Rovi's come a long way - I remember when WMC made the transition from Tribune to Rovi was an epic disaster in bad guide data. Rovi's purchase of TiVo and the fanbase at least improved the guide data from barely anything to mediocre at least.

    So right now, I'm still stuck using both
     
  3. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    To me, the cheapest solution of keeping the Bolt's internals cooler is just buying laptop cooling pads with fans in them. I bought a bunch of different models for fairly cheap at Fry's at different times.

    I like the sound effects and have been a TiVo user since Series 1 days.

    It's too bad the Bolt+ no longer has boot videos like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKfT9FFO18 (I had a TiVO HD... well still have it but not longer has subscription due to their transfer offer). And there was the Series 1 boot movie: .
     
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  4. Dave with Bolt

    Dave with Bolt New Member

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    Hello All who helped me with the new Tivo Bolt in the first few days after purchasing it and the nuances that could be tweaked from the menu. I have come to the conclusion that the Bolt is a device beyond my practical needs of simply recording TV, not needing streamed aps and such diversity in my viewing options, so I have sold my OTA Bolt with lifetime subscription. I instead went with EPG123 with one year guide for $25 and am very happy to report my WMC is resurrected as of Feb. 1 with a fuller guide that goes 14 days. It took about an hour to tweak down to bare bones as I like and works flawlessly the same as the old WMC guide did, but with more complete listings. Downloading the EPG123 at first was looking intimidating and overwhelming, but following instructions, it loaded right up and voila! Just what I wanted (back) and not have hundreds of dollars tied up when the ATSC 3.0 change takes effect and renders all current tech obsolete in some 5 years or so as spoken about. We will all be dropped in the same boat that day and have to plan our video needs from there. Enjoy your Tivos / Bolts, as they are rated and reviewed as best or near best in all I researched as a stand alone DVR on the market today. This is my last post / Thanks for your time and guidance sorting things out, Dave
     

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