Netflix on Tivo... anyone like it?

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

  1. JohnnyO

    JohnnyO Crimper

    Nov 3, 2002


    I really like it over the previous UI. Much more importantly, it now has Dolby surround sound audio! The lack of Dolby Surround in the TiVo Netflix client is the main reason I purchased an Apple TV a year or so ago.

    I now prefer the TiVo Netflix App over the Apple TV Netflix App.
  2. jscozz

    jscozz Member

    Sep 28, 2002
    Wow.. I did not expect so many replied...

    I think my main two reasons for being frustrated with the interface are:
    1) As Dan said, the lack of filtering... my wife and I have sate down on numerous occasions, wanting to watch a movie but looking for some suggestions... scrolling through the Netflix interface for suggestions is terrible... if there were more filter criteria and a better way to see matching suggestions, that would be big.
    23) Being able to pick any profile and watch any movie means that netflix parental controls are basically useless.
    3) I don't need my kids seeing the history of what my wife and I have watched... right now they can just pick any profile and see the history.

    these are just basic things that I would think they would want to get right...
  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The Roamio Netflix interface is a great BUT if I am recording anything on my Roamio sometimes the Roamio re-boots when watching Netflix, screws up my recording, so now if I am recording, I use another Roamio or my "Smart" TV itself although it does not have as good an interface as the Roamio Plus has.
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    That's how I have mine set. Although if you enable the 1080p/24 passthrough mode you can still have the same problem if the stream drops from superHD to just standard HD.
  5. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA


    Done - thanks!
  6. bodosom

    bodosom Just another tivotee

    Apr 28, 2002
    I prefer the current "Cinema" interface to both the Apple TV and old Netflix style.

    Of course I usually use a tablet to select what to watch and then send the play request to the TiVo.
  7. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    I don't think that's it. :) I mainly watch Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Mad Men on there.
  8. takeagabu

    takeagabu New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    I loved having the kid mode, and missed it when we switched over to the profiles...until I realized that you can still go into kid mode.

    When you get into a profile, press up, and it pulls up a bunch of options including kid mode, menu, switching profiles...
  9. JC Fedorczyk

    JC Fedorczyk New Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Has the error and or reboot while watching netflix been corrected?
  10. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    "Smaller 40" - my how things have changed. It is OK on my 40" too but anything smaller (e.g. small bedroom TV) and text becomes very difficult to read whereas before it was easy. Everyone doesn't have giant TVs.
  11. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    Before I didn't have to baby sit watchign a series. Every 30 minutes or 1 hour I had to hit a single button to play the next episode. Not exactly baby sitting. Now I have to make sure I don't fall asleep or something in case more than 1 episode plays. Does not effect me at all but this is a potential problem for those users with internet caps. Not a massive deal for me but sometimes I like to watch some of the credits.
  12. Justjoshing

    Justjoshing New Member

    Jan 22, 2014
    This is Netflix latest interface. My Roku updated to it about two months ago. While it does have some down sides, consider yourself blessed to have it. My experience is that the newer your device is, the better Netflix functions. Older devices just paused while waiting for Netflix to stream, while newer devices just lower the video quality when the stream chokes up. So, you (& I) may not like the interface as much, but it's more than compensated for by the better overall continuity of the streaming.
  13. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    That is one feature that many people do not like. Although I would think the majority of people prefer it. But still many people would rather it take a few seconds longer to buffer so it starts in SuperHD and stays there. Than starting or dropping down to a lower resolution.
  14. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Netflix cannot make everyone happy at the same time, but I'm sure they tested this enough to know it makes the MOST people happy.

    On my THD, the stopping to buffer is killing me. I would love for netflix to port the new functionality to such an old box.
  15. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    I certainly agree that once a stream has settled (1 minute in) it is excellent. That "feature" is fantastic. However, I think I prefer HBO Go's method where they play a generic screen for a while to test the connection. That way the start of the movie is not poor quality.

    Edit: As for the autoply feature. They can make everyone happy. Give the option via a simple on/off toggle. Fixed.
  16. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Netflix use to do that but they learned a long time ago that starting the stream faster was more important to most users. Netflix wants you to consume as much content as possible so making users wait 30-45 seconds isn't acceptable to them.
  17. jimcarver

    jimcarver Member

    Dec 25, 2004
    I don't have a Roamio yet so I am commenting on the Premiere version. (It's probably the same UI but without 1080.) I quite often experience delays or even non-functionality for pause, forward, reverse, etc. on TiVo. Therefore, I prefer the PS3 or PC for viewing Netflix. I do like the TiVo's ability to find movies/shows on Netflix, though. The 1080 streaming on Roamio has me very interested in upgrading soon so I'm happy I checked in on this forum.
  18. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    Why does Netflix want us to consume as much content as possible? Doesn't that cost them money?
  19. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Sure. But it increases their value. They are in the business of increasing their value more than they are trying to turn a profit.
  20. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    I'm really not trying to be a pain. But how does it increase their value?

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