Lifetime TV Roamio, reason to keep old non-lifetime Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Jason Reckner, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. vaquero

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    Thanks, that's the webpage I didn't find when looking at the Tivo website.

    My unit number begins with 8460000
     
  2. unclehonkey

    unclehonkey Well-Known Member

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    Its on tivo.com/activate
    You can enter the TSN and it gives you all the options available for the unit.
     
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  3. vaquero

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    Okay, so as I understand, it would be best to buy a unit with lifetime service already on it. I looked on eBay and there are hundreds of units for sale. I see older units (pre Roamio) with lifetime, but don't know their capabilities.

    Here's what I want. OTA only, don't need Cable Card. At least two tuners with capability of recording, playback, etc. At least ability to skip forward 30 seconds or so and back a shorter period. Would be nice to have the automatic commercial skip feature, but not completely necessary. Would be nice to have ability to add another unit which would use this box for tuning, viewing etc. on another TV without having to pay another service fee (is that a mini?). I don't need the ability to view apps, have that on TV already.

    So, which Tivo devices would meet my needs?

    Thanks for any and all help.
     
  4. unclehonkey

    unclehonkey Well-Known Member

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    correct

    Premiere (previous model to the Roamio) has only two tuners whereas the Roamio has 4. The Roamio has a better OTA tuner in it (I've used both)

    Premiere, Roamio, Bolt and Edge all have those options. All have 4 tuners except the Premiere which only has two

    correct. And the mini already has service on it. It takes one tuner from the "mothership" (whatever your main Tivo is)

    I personally would go with a Roamio over a Premiere mainly due to the 4 tuners the Roamio has.
     
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  5. vaquero

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    Thanks, I really appreciate all your help.

    There are several different Roamios available. Will all of them do OTA? Even the ones which are cable capable will do OTA, even if you have no cable card inserted?
     
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  6. JoeKustra

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    You need four tuners to support a Mini. All will do OTA, even those that can do cable. I have 4 Roamio boxes and 2 spare. I have zero Bolt boxes.
     
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  7. pfiagra

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    To make it perfectly clear for vaquero, all 4-tuner "Roamio" boxes will do OTA or cable.

    The 6-tuner "Roamio Plus" or "Roamio Pro" will only work with cable.
     
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  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Ooops. You're right. My answer was not accurate.
     
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  9. unclehonkey

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    I thought you could use a mini with a Premiere?

    edit: Tivo says you can (I guess the Premiere 4 tuner you can...not the two tuner...my bad)
     
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  10. vaquero

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    Thanks guys.
     
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  11. bam1220

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    I bought a refurb Roamio OTA from Tivo either 2 or 3 years ago from their site. It was around Christmas time and they had them for I believe $99 or $149 with lifetime. (I could be wrong on the price though) I just upgraded the HDD in it last week. I removed the door from where the cable card would go and I actually do have a slot for a cable card. I was under the impression the unit was OTA only. But is it possible it can be use with cable? Would be an added bonus although I currently only need it for OTA.

    Edit: Just looked up my orders on the Tivo site and the price was $199 from December 1, 2016. Says Series 5 Roamio OTA. Still curious since it has a cable card slot if it would work with one.
     
  12. vaquero

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    How does one become aware of such a special sale as that from Tivo?
     
  13. 53richart

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    When I bought mine, I just bought a refurbished model direct from Tivo. It looked brand new and has worked flawlessly and it came with life time service. Has four tuners and has been perfect for me. All I do is OTA, don't use the streaming apps since I have a Roku.
     
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  14. 53richart

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    Just check their outlet shop online from time to time: https://www.tivo.com/shop/outlet
    The renewed 1TB Roamio OTA is a little pricey now at $340...I think the last time I saw a sale on them they were $299.
     
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  15. vaquero

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    Thanks for that link. I searched the Tivo website looking for refurbished equipment. When I click on "SHOP", all I get offered is new equipment. I didn't see a link to "Outlet". I still don't see it even after I know it exists.
     
  16. unclehonkey

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    I got mine at the same time but I didnt have a cable card bracket in it. There is a thread here that you can retrofit it with one and yes it will work with cable. The Roamio OTA and Basic is the same guts and brains...so if the OTA has a cable card slot built in or added in later it will work with cable.

    When you open the cable card door does the bracket look like this? Usually these were missing from the OTA but could be added s-l1600.jpg
     
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  17. unclehonkey

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    Here is the link to the 1TB Tivo OTA
    Tivo OTA 1TB from the outlet store
     
  18. unclehonkey

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    it usually was for folks who have an account set up on Tivo.com as they got an e-mail

    or check this site because if any sale comes up folks post about it.
     
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  19. vaquero

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    I came across a guy who is selling a white Bolt. He thinks it will work with OTA or cable, but has only used it with cable. How do I find out if his white Bolt will work OTA?

    Thanks again.
     
  20. ThAbtO

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    6 tuner Roamio and Bolt = cable only.
     
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