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

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

  1. vaquero

    vaquero Active Member

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    Thanks, I'll try to find out how many tuners his white Bolt has.
     
  2. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    A 4 tuner Roamio does not have Moca networking built in, so your second room would need to be wired for ethernet to use a Mini or purchase a separate Moca adapter for the Roamio.
     
  3. JoeKustra

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    There is a picture of the card holder in an earlier post. Notice the green eject lever and that the two screws are still in their holes. Those are captive screws. This is a TiVo OEM card bracket. The bracket from eBay does not have the eject tab and no captive screws. Since your Roamio was a refurb, the previous owner may have installed the bracket and forgot to pull it before returning the box. I have a Roamio OTA and adding the bracket gave me a cable unit. BTW, that bracket must be removed if you need to replace the fan. I bought that particular Roamio on BF and there were many failures of the fan in that "Christmas present" that only lasted six weeks.
     
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    There was a link that was posted in these forums during the sale. I appreciate whomever it was that posted it back then.
     
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  5. bam1220

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    I don't have a bracket. Just the slot for a cable card to be plugged in.
     
  6. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    The "slot" is the bracket. If you open the cover for the cable card, and all you see is aluminum metal with a hole where the pins of the card holder would plug into, then you don't have a bracket/holder/slot.
     
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  7. krkaufman

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    This is the CableCARD *bracket* from a 4-tuner Roamio; a Roamio OTA would be missing this component, and you'd just see an empty bay with an opening to the pin connector to which the bracket would connect. (I believe that the same bracket was used in the BOLT series.)

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  8. Elton Noway

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    Unfortunately, stating: "all 4-tuner "Roamio" boxes will do OTA or cable" might confuse or mislead some members leaving them to think they can do both. A more definitive was to say it would be "other than model TCD846500... all 4-tuner "Roamio" boxes will do either OTA or cable but not both"

    Better yet.. Perspective Roamio owners should refer to this chart published by Tivo:

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  9. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    I think my answer was definitive enough since I put quotes around “Roamio”.
     
  10. Elton Noway

    Elton Noway New Member

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    I watched the units on ebay for a couple months but as you may have noticed the units with Lifetime subscriptions typically go for a premium price. I decided if I could get a Roamio with a lifetime subscription for $240 or less I'd be ahead of the game. (figuring $40 is the average selling price of a Roamio with no subscription and $199 to buy a Lifetime sub from Tivo).

    TIP: If you live in or near a relatively large city be sure to check craigslist.org! I wish I would have checked sooner. In the end I got both of my units off craigslist. The first unit I got on craigs was a brand new in the box Base Roamio TCD846500 for $45. One month later (the best deal) I found a used base Roamio TCD846500 - Antenna and/or Digital with Lifetime subscription for $120 ! SWEET!

    When purchasing a used Tivo (from a third party with no return policy) your best bet is to check the the TCD model number on the unit against the TiVo Service Number and Model Number Table to verify verify its capabilities.
     
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  11. vaquero

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    Thanks for that link.
     

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