Netflix on Tivo... anyone like it?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by jscozz, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. jscozz

    jscozz Member

    Sep 28, 2002


    Frustrating. Every time my wife and I go to look for a movie to watch on Netflix via Roamio. It seems like a terrible user interface. Am I missing something, or is this the general consensus?

    And the addition of profiles... actually terrible! It was better off when it just went to the main profile and had no other option. I could set it for Kids and they were fine. My wife and I could have our profile online and that was that. Now anyone can pick any profile on Tivo, and have access to any movies they want. Was anyone thinking when they added profile support? Why the heck isn't NetFlix providing PIN access to each profile and Tivo supporting it in the app?

    Am I missing something or is it just this bad?
  2. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    I think it is pretty good. It it the same interface as on my Xbox and Roku so using any of them is very consistent with each other. I use profiles and don't mind the prompt. It may be like the Netflix kids prompt and go away after it learns who you are.
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    This is the UI Netflix it standardizing on almost all devices going forward. I think it works fine.

    One hint Netflix search is integrated into TiVo search so you can use the regular TiVo search to find something and then if it's on Netflix it will have a little Netflix icon and an option that will launch the app and start playing that program.
  4. StevesWeb

    StevesWeb Grumpy Old Geek

    Dec 26, 2008
    Geek Hill,...
    I have begun using only my Roamio for Netflix, although we have a Roku as well. I like having control of the Netflix app with the TiVo remote.

    Another way to manipulate the TiVo Netflix UI is to use a web browser on Netflix to add items to your list, then they are right there on TiVo.
  5. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005


    I really dislike the new Netflix on all devices. Thanks to glasses I have excellent vision and still struggle to read the information so I dread to think how others with inferior vision feel. Hate the autoplay feature. Hate the controls. I do like profiles but you are right they need pin-access control.

    OT - the new youtube apps on all devices sucks as well.
  6. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Everyone has an opinion.

    I love the new interface. Much much faster and less prone to lock ups. Autoplay rocks for bulk-watching a series, keeps your place and does not need me to baby sit.

    Enhancements would be ok, pin access is fine, but nothing I would need personally. I have not used profiles yet as they were here/gone and are not applicable to my older box.
  7. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    The one problem I have is periodic video blackouts for 1 or 2 seconds. Audio is fine.
    I never see this behavior on my Apple TV.
  8. mjgraves

    mjgraves New Member

    Oct 11, 2003
    Houston, TX
    We just upgraded from (2) TivoHD to a Roamio Plus and a Mini. Have nee using it to watch Netflix a lot in recent weeks. Very happy with the improved UI and the speed of operation. Also very pleased with the SuperHD feed from Netflix. Roamio receives a 1080p stream where TivoHD was usually 720p. FWIW, we have Comcast internet at 35 x 5 mbps.
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I've not had any problems reading the text. Even on a smaller 40" TV my GF has, the text seems very legible from 10 or 12 feet away. My vision is around 20/30. I can view it without issue from even farther away. If anything the text seems on the larger side to me.
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    That's likely your TV attempting to adjust to a change in resolution or frame rate due to the network lagging. If you set your TiVo to only output one resolution then it wont do this.
  11. RichieR

    RichieR New Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    Thanks for that tip! I was wondering why these video blackouts kept happening. Quick followup question for you, as my Samsung LED handles all formats, would you set TIVO to 1080p then?
  12. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    No, I don't like it.... I LOVE it. My biggest problem is my family is using Netflix so much with superHD encodes that we are going way over our Cox ISP 250GB cap each month now, so I have to tell family members to stop watching Netflix so much. (I know you can change your account quality preferences but I like best quality possible and superHD streams look better than most of my Cox "HD" channels). So far Cox has only sent emails warning us when we go over the limit, but hasn't otherwise charged extra or throttled our service.
  13. jmpage2

    jmpage2 Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    I am quite happy with the new Netflix on the Roamio and Mini, my only issue would be that I don't like some of the control/zoom layout things, for example, once an episode ends, during the credits when it gets minimized into a PiP window I can't re-select it.

    We almost never used Netflix on the TiVoHD or Premiere because it was torture. We now use it on the Roamio at least a few times a week, catching up on lots and lots of shows and the quality is very good.
  14. anthonymoody

    anthonymoody Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    The integrated search is wonderful. It'd be even better if it also had Amazon (streaming) in its search results. Bt since we don't get amazon streaming...

    I like the profiles interface a ton, but I can understand a desire for PIN control. That said, the prior Kids vs not-Kids could easily be switched/chosen as well, so I'm not sure why anyone would single the new UI out for this.
  15. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    Left-arrow, up, up (to get the cursor into the PIP credits) and then select (I think) will bring back the full screen credits and "next episode" highlights.
  16. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Before the update with profiles, you couldn't zoom back in with that method but it seems they fixed it recently and it works fine.
  17. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    It's fine... I don't like or dislike it specifically on the TiVo. It looks just like it does on all our other devices. It works. :)

    What I do hate is something that I hate about it on all platforms. Stop asking me if I want Netflix or Netflix Kids! I don't have any kids, I don't ever want the kids profile!
  18. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    I haven't been asked in ages. It generally learns and stops asking. Perhaps you watch a lot of kids content and thinks it needs to keep asking.
  19. Chuckmeister

    Chuckmeister New Member

    May 12, 2008
    BFE, AZ
    Love the UI on the use it as my first choice over my Samsung Blu-Ray Player.
    But would love it better if they gave the option to remove asking for Netflix Kids.
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    One thing I don't like is the inability to manually filter content. You can search and you can look through their long list of presented categories, but in the iPad app and on the website you can actually filter the list manually by picking a category from the menu at the top. I don't see a way to do that in the TV based apps.

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