Premiere vs Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Thunderclap, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Thunderclap

    Thunderclap Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Chicago area


    With the sale Tivo has going right now for Tivo Roamio's I'm thinking of upgrading my Premiere Lifetime box (this is just the 2-tuner unit). Two questions:

    Right now I use a Roku 3 for Netflix and Plex due to their speed over the Premiere. Netflix and Plex on the Roku take approx. 5-sec. to load while on the Premiere it takes nearly a minute for Netflix and 25-sec. for Plex. Both interfaces are pretty sluggish too.

    Are the load times for either improved on the Roamio? How long does each take? I'm not expecting Roku speeds (Tivo is doing a lot more than Roku) but a minute is painfully slow. One of the big things for me is consolidating boxes.

    If I decide to get the Roamio (basic unit, not Plus or Pro) I can still use the Mini, right? How many tuners does the Mini require?

    I installed a much bigger drive in the Premiere. I assume if I transfer the drive into the Roamio I'll loose the saved shows, but the drive itself should be compatible, correct?

    Finally, if I wanted to preserve the shows (I have a lot of saved programming for my kids) what would the best method be to do this?
  2. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

    Feb 8, 2009
    I own a Premiere and a Roamio Pro. The difference in performance is night and day. The Roamio is everything a TiVo should be (IMO). I also own a Roku 3, my Roamio is not as fast as my Roku, but a close second. The Roku also has more offerings.
    I would get a larger drive for your Roamio should you get one then transfer the recordings from the Premiere to it via your in home network.

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  3. dahacker

    dahacker Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Netflix is quick on the Roamio. The plex app on the Roamio is terrible (low bitrate, low resolution, etc). Stick with the Roku for that. BTW, the Roamio is awesome for chromecasting youtube videos to from your tablet or phone.

    The mini only requires a tuner when watching live TV.

    Buy the Roamio, transfer the shows, sell the premiere.
  4. Thunderclap

    Thunderclap Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Chicago area
    Thanks for the input. I went ahead and bought the refurb and lifetime. Figure I can sell my Premiere + lifetime for at least half that so I'm happy.

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