Roamio's becoming piles of crap

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by dswallow, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. javabird

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    Hilarious.
     
  2. Series3Sub

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    Further proof the MSO's are creating the problems for TiVo's.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2014 #143 of 196
    dswallow

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    dswallow

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    And naturally because I thought it'd be good to reboot, too, it's now preparing an update -- I guess the summer update -- since I signed up on the priority list. Happening on the Roamio Pro and the XL4 and a Premiere. I guess I hope there was nothing I was trying to record at 8pm today. :)

    ETA: The Roamio Pro finished, so I guess that was a reasonably quick update.

    ETA2: That's nice -- being able to start playing Xfinity on-demand shows directly from the guide.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2014 #145 of 196
    andyf

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    It looks like Comcast is updating anyone who asks.
     
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    Good luck Dan, you posted right before I did on Xfinity. Firmware just got updated as well. Fingers crossed !
     
  7. Jul 9, 2014 #147 of 196
    Adam1115

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    I got a Romaio and a TiVo Mini. They have worked flawlessly, I'm impressed with how well the mini works and how quick they both are. But as a previous TiVo user, I'm confused about a few things...

    1) Why do I get the old SD crap menus in some screens like settings? It looks so disjointed?
    2) Ok the preview windows thing is REALLY messing me up. If I go to bed, what do I hit to stop the show? If I already hit the TiVo button I have to then go to livetv or something so that it resumes from where I left it.
    3) If I go to the menu, the show is still playing in the preview window. How do I get back to it? As near as I can tell, I have to go back to my show list and resume it from there - which is silly since it is already playing.
    4) The only supported esata device in 2014 is the same WD DVR expander that came out YEARS ago? Really?
    5) No Amazon prime streaming STILL???
    6) The parental controls SUCK! They used to have kidzone which was awesome. Now half the time I get 2/3 through a show and it freaks out and asks me for the passcode. Then it starts the show completely over. It often allows TV shows to play that are above the specified rating.
    7) The power supply is crap, wouldn't power up a seagate 7200 RPM hard drive.
    8) The activation process on the mini is wonky and not intuitive.
    9) What happened to giving people a few days of service before requiring activation and payment? I was seriously irritated that I couldn't get the box up and running 100% before having to activate service - committing to a YEAR.
    10) It doesn't appear possible to pause a show on the Romaio and resume where I left off on the mini.

    Otherwise it's a pretty great box... no lockups or anything like that.
     
  8. Jul 9, 2014 #148 of 196
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Slow eliminates the window, zoom expands it full screen. SD menus are rarely used, so most don't care too much except for the window that disappears. No need for an expander, just plunk in a new bigger drive.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2014 #149 of 196
    dbattaglia001

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    I think you meant to say Slow Motion button toggles window on and off.
     
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    Adam1115

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    Pause seems to do nothing outside of full screen TV. Zoom, I thought that was for aspect ratio changes but I'll try that! Thanks! I know the SD menus are rarely used, but it's been how many years since the HD interface came out?

    I did plunk in a bigger drive, the tiny power supply wouldn't spin it up, so I put the stock drive in and plugged in a dvr expander.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2014 #151 of 196
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Never seen that here, did you put in a drive greater than 3TB? That is as large as DIY goes.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2014 #152 of 196
    Bigg

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    1. Yup. It is disjointed. Luckily, all the menus people use on a regular basis are HD. Not an excuse, but it's not that bad of a problem.
    2. On the Roamio/Premiere in a system, you just go to Live TV. On a Mini, you go to TiVo Central. A bit weird to have two different operating paradigms, but not that hard...
    3. The Zoom button.
    4. Considering they come with up to 3TB internal (or the Weakness modded 4TB) I don't think this is an issue...
    5. Other boxes do it better anyways.
    6. No clue. No kids in my household.
    7. That's kind of bad, although the base Roamio isn't meant for people who want a ton of storage... those folks would be a lot better served by a plus/pro.
    8. I didn't have any issues with that...
    9. A year? Lifetime is the way to go, and then, well, the box has it for the life of the box. So there's no issues there. No commitment, since it goes with the box if you sell it later...
    10. It's not that hard. Pause it, and then go into the NPL and resume it.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2014 #153 of 196
    Adam1115

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    Nope, 2 TB Seagate. It'd start to spin up and the whole box would reboot.

    Uh ok, mine came with a 500 Gig drive.

    :sigh:

    Yea tell non technical people to switch over to another box when they want to watch a show on prime.

    Assuming they want to give up OTA.

    For $499 I would have to have this box for about 3 years to break even, and I assume they'll have something new out by then...

    But you missed my point. You shouldn't have to shell out $499 or $14.99 a month the second you plug it in. Older boxes gave you a grace period to use it, make sure it works, etc. before it stopped allowing you access to the guide.

    Doesn't work. If I pause it downstairs, go up to the tivo mini it starts at the beginning.
     
  14. FitzAusTex

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    Adam1115, you can cancel service on a new tivo within 30 days. Yeah you have to pay upfront and wait for a refund, but at least you can get out of the commitment if you return the tivo
     
  15. CrispyCritter

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    Not really, because your box will still be worth a couple of hundred dollars after 3 years - 5 year old TiVo Premiere lifetime units (only two tuners) are still going for more than $200 on Ebay (4 tuner Premieres are more than $300). Lifetime is valuable.
     
  16. Adam1115

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    Assuming that it doesn't fail out of warranty. Having $700 tied up in a DVR is not something I'm interested in... Nothing against those who do it. It would make me not want to upgrade when a new one comes out where is now I'll probably buy a different box in a few years.
     
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    Isn't that how non-technical people currently do it?

    AFAIK, cable is the predominate way that people get their TV, and I don't think any cable boxes offer Prime, NetFlix or Hulu?

    Non-technical people figured out how to switch to their DVD/Bluray players, I don't think another box is going to stump them. :)

    I don't disagree with your main point, though. I'd prefer not having to use a separate box for Amazon.
     
  19. Adam1115

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    No, because it is confusing. TiVo SUPPORTS amazon, just not prime streaming, so the non-technical people are confused as to what we are getting charged for and what is free. Then, to switch, they have to boot up the blu-ray player, which takes a good 30-45 second, switch the receiver, re-search for the show, etc., etc.

    Yes it stumps them. My wife ends up paying $1.99 for shows we get for free, the kids are just not allowed to do it at all. It would be far less confusing if TiVo just didn't have amazon, but it's half assed implementation is confusing.

    Add to that, I'm pay $6/mo for a TiVo Mini in the bedroom. Getting amazon up there means going out and buying another box.
     
  20. Bigg

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    Note the words "up to".

    It's not rocket science to push a button and switch inputs.

    When you get 5 channels, and 4 of them kind of suck most of the time, you're not likely to need a lot of storage. When you get 50-100 HD channels, you're more likely to need a LOT more storage.

    With Lifetime, you get higher resale value. We had a Series 2 80GB for like 6 years. Lifetime paid for itself one and a half times over. I figure I can downcycle my XL4 to another room or for someone else if I want to get a Roamio.

    It should give you the option to "resume". It does for me on an XL4 with three Minis, regardless of which of the four boxes I do it on.
     

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