Roamio S5 TiVo reviews and facts

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

  1. wco81

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    I'd be doing a self-install kit.

    Comcast specifically used to say if there's a problem and it turned out to be a problem with my internal wiring, they'd charge for a visit.

    In any event, do the Roamios have two coax inputs?

    I have a coax drop in the living room and a coax drop in the master bedroom. I'm assuming that the coax runs from outside my home to the living room and then up to the bedroom.

    So I would connect the Roamio in the living room and the Mini connected to the drop in the bedroom would "see" the Moca device in the living room, the Roamio?
     
  2. jfh3

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    No, just one.

    Yes, assuming it is a Roamio Plus/Pro. The base unit does not have MoCA support built in.
     
  3. jfh3

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    Yes to both questions.
     
  4. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Y'all convinced me to purchase the Plus model and put in an order at WeaKnees. The discount, no tax, no shipping fee, builtin Stream, faster internet, and the extra space weighed more heavily over OTA since I probably won't dump cable any time soon and if I do, I'll use my Premiere or whatever better DVR available at that time. My Basic Roamio will be returned to TiVo when the Plus arrives.

    The stock model (no upgrade) is just like ordering at TiVo and I can get the same lifetime service (w/MSD) and extended warranty that TiVo put on my Basic when I call them. Right?
     
  5. JWhites

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    According to the product's FAQ, it said the Western Digital My Book AV drive (same as what we're using on the Premiere) is compatible.
     
  6. wco81

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    So if I purchased an extended warranty, it would cover drive failures if I used that particular eSATA drive?
     
  7. JWhites

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    I would assume whatever the policy is for the Premiere in that situation would also apply for the Roamio in the same situation since according to TiVo and Western Digital, the MyBook AV has been certified to work with TiVo devices and is recommended by name in the FAQ, which I would like to think actually means something and isn't just marketing hype.
     
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    If the TiVo failed it would be covered by the extended warranty. But if the external drive failed it would not.
     
  9. MeInDallas

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    The Western Digital My DVR Expander comes with a 2 year warranty thru Western Digital, so if you purchase a new one it has 2 years on it, and you would have to work with Western Digital for a replacement/RMA if something happens to it.
     
  10. wco81

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    So it sounds like swapping the internal drive of the Roamio Plus wouldn't be that hard.

    Of course if drive that you upgraded yourself failed, the extended warranty would be void.

    However, that warranty is only good for one replacement?

    Other than drive failure, what are the most common failures of Tivos?

    Also it seems that if a piece of electronics is going to fail, it would fail within the first year.

    Of course drives fail later and the extended warranty would get you a new unit. However, you still lose recordings and you're without your Tivo while you send in the broken one and the new one gets shipped to you. MIght be better just to swap out the drive yourself in that case.

    Maybe that argues against the extended warranty, especially the 3 year one?
     
  11. skid71

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    Thank you very much for answering. This is excellent confirmation. Getting rid of two devices, along with cabling for each and power for each. Getting rid of the MoCA adapter and the external drive connected to our current DVR (Moxi).

    Now I just have to wait patiently for a holiday bundle from TiVo. Looking for a Plus (upgrade the drive myself) + 2 Minis or pony up the dough for a Pro + 2 Minis.

    I've never used TiVo but really looking forward to it.

    Thanks again

    Skid
     
  12. tivogurl

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    I think about it this way. The 2TB drive I bought to upgrade the Basic I have on order cost $100 including tax. What do you think that drive will cost in 2 years? Probably substantially less. The cost of the extended warranty is a very large fraction of the price of that new drive, plus the cost and hassle of the RMA itself. I figure I will save very little money on net with the extended warranty if the usual suspects fail (drive, power supply).
     
  13. caseybea

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    So, one thing about the premiers (which I experienced, and many many others in the forums reported issues with too) was the quality and sensitivity of the tuner. In my case, an antenna inside my garage ceiling worked great for ALL my prior in-home HD tv devices-- no issues, until I got my Tivo Premiere. Long story short, to make it work at all and be usable, I had to relocate the antenna to the top of my chimney.

    So the question I have is: has anyone checked out the guts of the Romio yet? chipset, etc etc? (think: iFixit or equivalent)?

    I'm very interested to see how this thing stack up against the Premiers.......
     
  14. elwaylite

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    How often, if ever should one reboot a TiVo Roamio? Im unsure if it ever does itself, just wondering periodic restarts are a good procedure.
     
  15. nooneuknow

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    I don't think they've been on the market long enough to ask that type of question yet. Anything anybody says, this early on, is likely to be based on prior TiVo experience(s), or just opinion/speculation.

    I'll spare you mine, except that I hope it requires less rebooting, and/or random, primetime, self-rebooting than previous generations.
     
  16. jmpage2

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    Rebooting preventively is unnecessary. I occasionally have a weird problem and THEN reboot. A TiVo can typically go for months without needing a reboot.
     
  17. b_scott

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    or like me, if you go in and out of Netflix in too quick a fashion, it becomes unresponsive and eventually the black screen reboots the Tivo itself. Gotta love it. NOT.
     
  18. ppartekim

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    The only time I rebooted my S3s was when the house power went off or I had to physically moved the units when I rearranged my entertainment gear. So, I would say it may have been booted a half dozen times over the same amount of years.
     
  19. morac

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    Or even years, for older models that don't get updates.
     
  20. jmpage2

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    With the Premiere XL4 I have had an occasional problem where it stops tuning or playing back content. Rebooting fixes it. Might happen 2-3 times a year.
     

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