Roamio S5 TiVo reviews and facts

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

  1. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

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    As long as all your TiVos are on MoCA and the Roamio is just bridging the internet connection over wifi you'd probably be fine. (Assuming it suuports bridging over wifi at all; does it?)

    All your high bandwidth in home streaming would stay on MoCA and never hit the lower bandwidth wifi. Still, if you can run an ethernet cable to the Roamio that'd probably be best.
     
  2. Dave in Houston

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    Is this really true? I've had DirecTivo R10 (SD) units for many years. One of them failed recently, and DirecTV replaced it with their current SD DVR product. I hate the user interface so much I want to throw the remote across the room every time I use it.

    That's why I'm in here reading about Roamio, even though I would have to change to Comcast as the content provider.
     
  3. Fofer

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    If I had that same experience with a broken TiVo (needing to reboot 1-2 a week? Really?) then I would feel the same. More likely, after 2-3 weeks I would realize TiVo was broken and I'd fix it or get it replaced. No way would I put up with that for more than 3 months. I have complaints about my Premiere for sure, but I've rarely, if ever had to reboot it. Maybe once every six months or so?

    The competition is mounting (and has come a long way) but I still give the (slight) edge to TiVo, at least for those on cable. Of course, I say this as someone who also has AppleTVs and Rokus and Chromecasts.
     
  4. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    No, it's not even close to being true. Their GUI for dtv is so plain and boring and pales in comparison to TiVo. I know, I use both on a regular basis. And it's not cheaper either, at least in my case.
     
  5. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    50%?

    Troll....
     
  6. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

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    Hey. I'd rather have plain TTY style text that actually draws fast rather than waiting hours for "My Shows" to render in beautiful HD :).
     
  7. falcon26

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    TROLL? Really I've been on here and posting for years. I'm more a ticked off TIVO customer. I don't understand why it takes years to get a full 100% HD GUI when every other provider has had it for years. I've been threw 3 series 4 TIVO's in less then 2 years. The problem I have now on my main TIVO is, when I hit the TIVO button, and your current show you are watching goes into the top right hand corner, that's all I get. The rest of the screen is all blacked out and you can't get out of that. I have to unplug my TIVO and plug it back in again. That happens at least twice a week. For something that has been out for sooo long you would think that it would be smooth and less bug prone then this. I have 3 series 4 TIVO's BTW...
     
  8. bodosom

    bodosom Just another tivotee

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    I can't speak to other providers but as a switching DirecTV customer I know that either of the two-tuner HR23/24 units can be brought to your house with a default order. The five-tuner HR44 is extra and is a more complex order. I'm not sure about the state of the four-tuner HR34.

    Whether the GUI is HD or SD is less important than how the space is used. DTV uses it poorly. Frankly I think the quality of the tablet app is more important and the TiVo is enormously better than the current DTV app.

    And just try and do something useful with SHEF (other than buy the Crestron app). kmttg is still useful on my Roamio.
     
  9. SullyND

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    Well, if you stopped throwing them, maybe they'd last?
     
  10. mvalpreda

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    For those interested/confused about MoCA......From my router at home I take one of those the gig ports into a TiVo Premiere XL4. That is connected via coax to the rest of the house. My Mini picks up the MoCA and does its thing. I have another Premiere XL4 connected via coax and I take the Ethernet out of that to the gigabit switch port on an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11ac that I use for wireless and Ethernet runs to my Slingbox and another Ethernet run to my 4k BluRay player :p

    I used to have MoCA bridges everywhere. Now I just have TiVos! It's so much cleaner. Less wires = happy wife = happy life.
     
  11. mvalpreda

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    Did anyone notice Weaknees has upgraded Base and Plus Roamios? I may pony up the extra $100 for a Plus with 2TB to replace a Premiere XL4 I have.

    Until I realized they change CA tax. Woof.
     
  12. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

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    Also note that Roamios are dead simple to upgrade yourself now. Just pop in any size dive and the box will format and prepare it for you. Not sure I'd pay Weaknees for that now...
     
  13. Dan203

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  14. moyekj

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    Except that doing it yourself you also get to keep the original drive as a backup/fallback which you don't get via Weaknees.
     
  15. awsnyde

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    I think the idea that competitor's GUIs are even remotely as good as TiVo's is laughable. A GUI is representative of the whole interface, including how it works and its functionality. The "G" in GUI just means that the user's interaction with the user interface is through graphical means, not a textual command line. The GUI is much more than the sum of the graphics. Even if *none* of TiVo's menus were HD, it would still beat all the others due to functionality and ease of use. However, only a small minority of the lesser used menus are still only in SD--basically just the settings menus now.

    Also, I've had TiVos since the original HD DVR, the old TiVo DirecTV DVR, and haven't had any of them go bad. Surprisingly, I've never even had a hard disk in a TiVo go bad.

    That said, I do have the same problem that you have with the entire screen going blank except for the current video screen in the upper-right-hand corner, although it only happens about once a month, both on my Premiere Elite and my Premiere XL.

    I had been resorting to unplugging and restarting when that happened, like you did, but I recently discovered a way to fix it. You'll need the iPhone or similar app. Bring up the TiVo that's "stuck", bring up the My Shows list, and select one to play. The show you selected should start playing full screen. Let it play for a minute or so, and everything will be back to normal.

    I've used that method a couple of times now, once on each TiVo, and it's worked both times.
     
  16. mvalpreda

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    Wait, what? You just put in a drive and that's it? If that is really the case I'll just buy a TiVo someplace where I don't get hammered on tax and buy a 2TB drive.

    I feel like someone might be pulling my leg here.
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    They're not pulling your leg. The TiVo OS is stored on a flash drive built into the mobo. So you can just pop in a blank drive and the TiVo will format it and kick you off in Guided Setup.

    All current TiVos are shipping with AV specific drives, but a few people have reported putting in standard green drives and said they work fine.

    Check this thread for more info...

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=507695
     
  18. mvalpreda

    mvalpreda Member

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    Well how about that. Good move TiVo. I am sure it boots significantly faster!
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    From what I hear it's not as fast as you'd think. Apparently it still does a bunch of security checks at start up so it takes a couple minutes. But it's suppose to be a little faster then the Premiere and significantly faster then a S3.
     
  20. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Boot time is not significantly faster than series 4 units. All the security checks to prevent hacking are no doubt still in place which is something that slows down the boot process.
    EDIT: I didn't see Dan's post when submitting this (looks like they were within seconds apart).
     

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