TIVO BOLT SUCKS!

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Daniel Whanon, Mar 5, 2017.

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  1. Mar 5, 2017 #1 of 33
    Daniel Whanon

    Daniel Whanon New Member

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    I recently had my whole household switch to TiVo Bolts with fios. I used to be able to watch all my favorite shows with On Demand, BUT TIVO BOLT DOES NOT SUPPORT ON DEMAND FOR FIOS USERS! I ******* HATE TIVO AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMASHING YOURS! Peace - Daniel
     
  2. Mar 5, 2017 #2 of 33
    krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yeah, it's pretty unconscionable for TiVo to be advertising that you can get FiOS OnDemand through their units, only to find it's not true.
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2017 #3 of 33
    wmcbrine

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    When have they done that? :confused:
     
  4. Mar 6, 2017 #4 of 33
    HerronScott

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    I was waiting for the "oh wait they don't..."

    Scott
     
  5. Mar 6, 2017 #5 of 33
    zubinh

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    Before you smash yours, I'll give you $10 for it.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2017 #6 of 33
    fcfc2

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    Hi Daniel,
    Hopefully, you have calmed down a bit by now. The thing is that even though Tivo's current programming is a bit off, simply creating a one-pass for your favorite shows should pretty much eliminate the need for VOD, as you should easily find the shows that you missed right there at your fingertips.
    PS. If you haven't calmed down, I'll be happy to give you $11 for your Bolt.
     
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  7. Mar 6, 2017 #7 of 33
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Should have done more research. It's pretty well known that TiVo doesn't support VOD for FIOS. The CableCARD spec does not require any sort of VOD support so it's up to TiVo and the cable companies to make a special deal to develop an app to support VOD on TiVo. So far they've only been able to do that with Comcast, COX and RCN. They were working with Charter on something at one point, but that fell through. They've never announced any sort of partnership with Verizon or Frontier.
     
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  8. Mar 7, 2017 #8 of 33
    lew

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    VoD is available to FiOS customers, just not FiOS VoD. Many channels have apps which let you access programs on demand. CBS app lets you view the most recent OTA programs for free. HBO, Showtime, Epix, TCM, hallmark all have apps. Many of the apps are available on your tivo. Alternatively use Chromecast.

    Do you use FiOS VoD to rent current movies? Try Vudu.
     
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  9. Mar 8, 2017 #9 of 33
    gweempose

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    I'll go as high as $15 for the Bolt. :cool:
     
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  10. tluxon

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    I'm really confused. You want us to smash OUR TiVos? What if we LIKE them?
     
  11. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I love my Bolt! But I already knew that I couldn't get On Demand with a cableCARD, from my Premieres. I don't love that. I've brought it up to people at Charter a couple of times but, clearly, they don't care. Furthermore, I'd be shocked if that changed. :(

    But the Bolt is awesome. Way faster than the Premieres, 'Quick Mode', 'skip'. I use these features all the time. Plus it has a larger hdd. I would replace my other Premiere with another Bolt except that I just can't justify it, since the Premiere works fine (as does the other one that is currently shelved). Oh, and I also love not having to hook up a wireless adapter, as the Bolt has it internally. They should have done that a long time ago.
     
  12. eherberg

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    That's the rub ... he never said he was going to smash his TiVo. He just wants you to smash yours. :)
     
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  13. eherberg

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    I suspect the original post should have read "Recently my Dad switched our whole household to TiVo Bolts with fios". You know the darn kids now-a-days. If it ain't streaming, then there must be no other way to watch it.
     
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  14. krkaufman

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    Well, it *might* improve the resale value of *his* BOLT if we were all to smash the DVRs we're quite fond of and would quickly be looking to replace.
     
  15. HerronScott

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    I was thinking the same thing. :)

    Scott
     
  16. tluxon

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    I wonder how many Bolts were committed to with this "whole household switch"?
     
  17. salparadise1242

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    I am presently waiting for my third Tivo Bolt, having gotten two defective ones. Has also cost me many many hours with "support." I am a very early adopter of Tivo. Their support used to be great. Now they are worthless. Have at least 90 minutes open if you want to call them.

    Can't say how very frustrated I am with Tivo. Researching other platforms to switch to.
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    Thank you for the info. on your experience (and sorry to hear of it). :(
     
  19. Neil12011

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    I've never made a profile on a forum for the sole purpose of bashing a product until now. As a integrator, I have to say that the customer service and product "support" of Tivo is on par with the worst I've ever seen. I literally told our client I would discount their system up to $500 if they wouldn't use Tivo. They paid a lifetime subscription (does not transfer to new boxes), so they'll have to pay that again. Unless a customer absolutely insists, this will be the last Tivo install we ever do. I simply cannot un-recommend a product more than this. If you're reading this, remember, I took the time to make a login for this forum, just to voice my concerns. This is after being on the phone with their tech support. Please, spend your money elsewhere.
     
  20. krkaufman

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    It's for the lifetime of the boxes, not the user, and always has been (after an early terms correction). The customer doesn't have to pay for the lifetime if the subscription costs make more sense to them, if they like to always upgrade to the latest hardware.

    I was with you on the support and customer service complaints given recent changes, but the service costs critique doesn't fly.

    p.s. If you're just now getting around to creating a TCF login, I have to wonder how many TiVo installs you've done, to date.
     
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