Should I upgrade to the new interface?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by rmstone, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. porkenstein

    porkenstein Geek

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    My problem is like to go back to the old ui on the Bolt and don't believe that is possible. :(
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I think you did the sequence wrong, not down arrows, thumbs down.
     
  3. TivoJD

    TivoJD Active Member

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    It is possible on a Bolt.
     
  4. wtherrell

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    Yes but the rollback procedure is not working. I am going to return the Bolt and they will ship me one that they say will take the rollback codes.
     
  5. Drpepr

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    As someone who is with TiVo for just a few days, I am debating pressing the new experience button to checkout the new software. I dont really have any shows that I risk losing. I also have no familiarity with the old software so I wont really miss any features.

    I have a Roamio Plus. The one thing that is holding me back is the instability that has beed reported. I do not want a system that is sluggish and needs reboots. Have new software updates resolved this or is the new interface still pushing the limits for the roamio processor?
     
  6. mdavej

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    I haven't had any stability issues since early beta many, many months ago. My Roamio has never been what I'd call snappy, so I haven't really noticed much difference. It's not blazing fast or painfully slow. Main things are you lose are live guide and transfers, neither of which I ever used before and don't miss now. The mini guide is close enough to live guide for me.

    I think it's safe to say most who can't stand Hydra are folks who've used Tivo for a very long time and need the exact same operation and features they had before. I don't fall into this category, so I prefer the newer look and new features. I also like the fact that it works like my other streaming devices, which is precisely what many people hate about it.

    Ask somebody else, and you'll get a completely different answer of course. So best option for you is to give it a try (at least a couple of days to learn how to use it), then rollback if you can't stand it.
     
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  7. Drpepr

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I guess since it is reversible, I should just try it.
     
  8. JoeKustra

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    You should try it. I have both TE3 and TE4 running on Roamio units. Performance issues, caused by the increased text in descriptions when viewing the guide, are minor. Just get used to using the Back button, not Left. I still use the basic rf remote since that voice button and Netflix button get in my way.New features are going to be on the TE4 software. Already they have added remote control diagnostics. They don't work yet, but it shows they are trying. If you decide to add the Mini VOX, it's faster and does more than the TE3 Mini.
     
  9. Drpepr

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    Any performance issues with A92 minis? Some older posts mentioned rebooting issues, etc....
     
  10. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Sorry, my A92 Mini is in its box right now. For TE4 I use a A95 Mini Vox. It has a faster processor and "different" networking. Since the latest update I haven't had any stability problems. One issue I'm working on is using a Roamio RF remote on the A95 Mini in TE3 mode. I have an A94 Mini next to it and see little difference.
     
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  11. mdavej

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    My A92 Minis running Hydra haven't rebooted in several months. So whatever it was must be fixed now.

    I did have problems mixing TE3 and 4 though. Unless everything in my system was TE4, I had problems. There was a period of a couple of weeks in the beta when I had to run a mix, and it was kind of rough.
     
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  12. Drpepr

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    I upgraded everything...so far so good. I don’t think the loss of the LiveTV guide will bother me too much but I do think the old layout was superior.

    I wish more apps were available. Each TV is hooked up to a firestick but I like how the TiVo can pull from apps.

    Are they planning on adding more apps?
     
  13. mdavej

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    I wouldn't count on it. We've had essentially the same few apps for years. Only ones they've added in the past few years are cr@p. The apps they do have are really out of date (no thumbs on Amazon ffwd/rew, no profiles on Hulu, etc.). The apps on your stick are much better. Also Tivo has zero OTT apps, which are essential for cord cutters.

    Yeah, the search and one-pass integration is nice, but not nice enough to overcome the other shortcomings IMO. Roku has a really good search that works on tons of apps. I've always found the Fire TV to be confusing and too Amazon-centric. I only use a stick when I travel since it's so portable. Otherwise, there are much better streamers like ATV and Roku.
     
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  14. Rey

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    I hope they add "sort by letter" for the guide. That's the one thing I really miss from the old UI. Hate that the HBO channels are scattered all over the place. ESPN channels too. Comcast is a real mess with this.
     
  15. SpANG

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    This is hilarious! When Experience 3 rolled out, these were the complaints:

    • Too much space!
    • Hate the white! Bring back the yellow!
    • Fonts too small!
    • Horrible!
    ... and now that Hydra (Experience 4) has come out, Exp 3 is remembered as the second coming of Jesus! Perfect in every way! LOL

    Hyrda is awesome and much more user friendly. You may as well get used to it, or downgrade to a Premiere. You're not going to keep your precious Experience 3 forever!
     
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  16. wtherrell

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    Yes it's more user friendly..... For those of lower
    IQ. Uh oh. I probably just started a flame war. Apologies in advance
     
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  17. shwru980r

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    I think the biggest complaints about TE4 are about functionality that was removed versus the font color and layout complaints for TE3. It seems like you are comparing apples to oranges.
     
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  18. chiguy50

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    Those users who are favoring TE3 are simply reacting to their displeasure or dissatisfaction with TE4; I would be surprised if you could find a single post implying that the user thought TE3 was even close to perfect. It's simply a matter of preference, sometimes based on little more than a certain feature that had been removed or degraded in the newer UX.

    This is the Roamio thread, which is an older TiVo generation. I don't think it's unrealistic to expect that TE3 in its current maintenance mode will remain an option for the Roamio.

    But you appear to be new to this forum (at least as an active participant) so I'm willing to cut you some slack for your lack of perspective.
     
  19. mjgraves

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    It appears that TE3 users don't get the adverts rolled in prior to playback of recorded goods. If that's the case, I'm glad we never upgraded to TE4.
     
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  20. Mikeguy

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    Yep--per TiVo, there are no current plans to bring the pre-roll ads to TE3.
     
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