Roamio S5 TiVo reviews and facts

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bradleys, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. b_scott

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    I bought one in 2008 (i think) when the HD launched. My parents have it now and it's still running. The Tivo's internal, however....
     
  2. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    If a Comcast DVR is $20/month total then you will have shelled out $800 by the time you get to 40 months.

    Resale value on a Tivo means you start hovering around the break even point compared to renting a $20/month comcast DVr sometime in year one and do better for sure by the time you complete year two.

    Of course you assume your Tivo hardware won't have problems.
     
  3. jcthorne

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    That site shows that cable is for the Mini only but may not be updated yet. The DRM is on ALL HDMI outputs. Has nothing to do with OTA vs CATV. Mostly my concern is connection of a Slingbox and a distribution amplifier for a couple other TV's in the house that do not have Tivos. These use component connections. HDMI does not work well for either of those when the main display turns off.
     
  4. Aero 1

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    http://youtu.be/lCAUScfSXSA?t=21s
     
  5. Aero 1

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    you mean HDCP not DRM. ok, yea, if you have old equipment, HDCP will bit you in the ass.
     
  6. BigJimOutlaw

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    The breakout cable pack he showed you is for the Mini. The Roamio-4 apparently only has one breakout port, suggesting it might be composite-out only. So you may need an hdmi-to-whatever adapter for your needs unless Tivo produces a new breakout cable that carries component + audio just for the Roamio.
     
  7. NYHeel

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    Yeah, but I'm nervous as the failure rate on those drives appears much higher than others. I don't want to lose every recording if the drive goes. If I have an external by my PC I only lose the recordings that are on it if it goes bad.

    Plus it's still only 1 TB and expensive. I think I'm just going to wait for someone to figure out the drive upgrade.
     
  8. Aero 1

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    that could be it, but no one knows, we know there is an AV port at least. or they will use the same mini cable and force you to use optical for audio. who knows.
     
  9. cwoody222

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    Will this work with regular Chrome browser tabs too?
     
  10. NoVa

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    It depends on how you do it esp. if you use it as a whole house solution:

    in my example above:
    Comcast 4 DVR solution:
    $20*4 = $80/mos
    vs.
    Roamio+ Lifetime + 3 Mini's = (798+270) = 1068/80 = 13.35 months +Mini's $18/mos*13.35 mos = 240+1068 = 1308/80 = 16 mos payback.
     
  11. Philmatic

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    Did you not even read the reviews? Yes! This will be happening "soon" on both the new Roamio boxes and the older Premiers with separate TiVo Streams.

    And you guys complaining about lack of Stream functionality on the $200 model? Nothing is stopping you from purchasing a TiVo Stream separately. ~$100 and you can literally plug it in anywhere on your network. This makes sense, you only have to pay for it if it is a feature you want, that's how base models work.
     
  12. shoeboo

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    From the FAQ on the TiVo.com Roamio page the features for stream will be the same as what is built into Plus/Pro. It also says in another section that streaming outside will be available to base model using the stream.
     
  13. NotNowChief

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    Still No Android Support! Are They Kidding Me!

    What Is Wrong With These People!
     
  14. jcthorne

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    Whatever. HDCP is a specific form of digital rights management. It disables the output when an 'approved' display is not connected. This makes use of a slingbox ..... difficult without going outside of mainstream products. IE grey market.

    Has Tivo published a full set of specs for the Roamio anywhere that would describe the breakout cable usage? Perhaps a pdf of the owners manual?




    Just reviewed the specs at TiVo.com. NONE of the new Roamios support component outputs, composite and HDMI ONLY
     
  15. cwoody222

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    My Series3 lasted almost 6 years and I made back my lifetime service to roll into a Premiere.
     
  16. NotNowChief

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    "Soon"?

    Like DTA on the Mini was coming "soon".
     
  17. aindik

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    You sold a 6 year old Series 3 with lifetime for $400? When?
     
  18. b_scott

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    except you pay the outlet charge for cable cards too, for the Tivo.
     
  19. bdraw

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  20. aindik

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    Not if you only have one plus minis.
     

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