TE3 or TE4

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by KevTech, Aug 7, 2019.

Which software do you use on your Tivo?

  1. TE3

    59 vote(s)
  2. TE4

    33 vote(s)
  3. Both

    15 vote(s)
  4. TE3 as can not use TE4 on this Tivo

    2 vote(s)
  1. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    TE3 on my 3TB Bolt and 3TB Roamio Plus.

    TE4 removes a function I use frequently -- transferring shows/videos from my PC to my TiVo. I suppose I could move one machine to TE4, but why have two different UIs?
  2. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    Had been on TE3 from the beginning and migrated to TE4 a few months ago. I liked TE4 at first--seemed faster, appreciated commercial skip & CEC support; but it seems to have gotten sluggish over time on my Roamio & A93 Minis. I'm considering moving away from TiVo entirely and selling it all off, but if I hadn't I probably would have migrated back to TE3 by now.
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Yes. They can communicate just fine. The only limitation is that the Mini always wants to run the same software version as the TiVo host. You can still select a TiVo running the other version from the Devices list and play shows without having to change versions, but it has to run the same version as the primary host TiVo.
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  4. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    And you won’t find out here. The only people who care about these threads are the protest group who want TE3.

    I just read through it and that is what it is.
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  5. Joe3

    Joe3 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Boston MA
    This community does a lot of heavy lifting for TiVo with its customers and people looking for an unbiased evaluation of their product before purchasing.

    This community is not a TiVo created echo chamber or an extension of their marketing department. It is unquestionably not under any agenda, but is dedicated to the ideas for a much better TiVo home entertainment experience going into the future.
  6. tim1724

    tim1724 Active Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2007
    Temple City, CA
    I'm still running TE3. Normally I would be the type to jump into the new version right away but I didn't initially switch for reasons I probably can't talk about. ;-) By the time that was no longer an issue the excitement of TE4 had worn off and people were grumbling about it a lot so I held off. But now that automatic skip mode is a thing I'll probably make the switch at some point. Most of the things people complain about don't matter much to me. (e.g., I haven't used the Live Guide much since my Series 3 days; my Roamio has been set to grid guide since I got it.)

    The main holdup now is that I'll probably want to buy a new remote for my girlfriend; she's using an old one without a Back button. (We each have our own remote. I use the one that came with the Roamio and she uses the old one from our previous TiVo.)
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  7. AntiPC

    AntiPC Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    We have one by the chair and one by the couch. So in basketball defense terms, it's "zone" instead of your "man-to-remote".
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Sounds like maybe the same reason I do have it on my office Bolt. Wasn’t a fan during that period and haven't really played with it much since. I've seen that it's changed a bit, but I'm still not really a fan of the navigation and some of the screens just irk me, so I've left all my other units on TE3.
  9. omelet1978

    omelet1978 Member

    Mar 7, 2006
    For me it’s pretty simple. TE3 until they bring back the Live Guide which is the primary reason I have Tivo over just a cable DVR.

    I signed on with Comcast for 2 more years so I figure I’ll stick with TE3 for the duration of that. If Tivo has not brought back the Live Guide to TE4 by then (and there is no indication they are going to do that) then it’ll just be time to cut ties and go with something else since TE3 will be several years old by then.
  10. audax

    audax New Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I went to TE4 involuntarily when I had to replace my dead Bolt. Found the interface clumsy but chalked that up to my lack of familiarity. Then I discovered that Thumbs Up / Down was gone from suggestions so I recently reverted to TE3. With TE4 my suggestions would fill up with reality TV shows and other things that I never watch. I'd delete hundreds of shows and the Tivo would immediately begin recording the same ones! What's the point of a DVR that only records things you *don't* want to watch?
  11. KevTech

    KevTech Active Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Could have turned off suggestions in setting then nothing would record that you did not want to.
  12. audax

    audax New Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I liked the TE3 suggestions once I had it trained.
  13. JackMcC

    JackMcC Member

    Aug 11, 2019
    Just from looking at TE4 on YouTube, I would probably only upgrade if I could scale the video to 3/4 its size (to view unblocked) when calling up images of what's on the other channels, recorded shows and what's on now. Something like that along with the existing voice search would get me to invest in a new remote and bluetooth dongle for my Roamio.

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