TiVO future - worth it to invest in a Roamio?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by gigaguy, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. pppingme

    pppingme Member

    Apr 21, 2012


  2. bob61

    bob61 Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    With the path towards streaming videos there's a good chance cable cards won't be needed in next few years as broadcasting as we know it today won't exist either. Think about it.

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  3. buckyswider

    buckyswider Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    or a meteor could hit the earth. content would be hard to come by after that.
  4. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    If by "few" bob61 means twenty years or so, I'm sure he is quite correct. If on the other hand he means two or three years, he's looney-tunes!
  5. kherr

    kherr Member

    Aug 1, 2006


    I bought my Tivos because of the better experience first and any cost savings over the life of the product vs renting from Charter second .... Maybe that's just me. :confused::confused:
  6. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Just clicked in to see how this Topic could have gotten 25 responses. Now I know. It's the Sexbots. :D
  7. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Don't get that reference. anyway, seems logical to me to discuss the future, lots of changes in the video delivery arena. HBO going internet option next year, CBS already is, all the i-Devices/boxes, remote and streaming, cord cutters - and I know the cablecos will do whatever they need to hold profits. Cablecos never liked cablecards, and want you to rent their boxes, services..
  8. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Hope and pray that Streaming doesn't become the defacto standard. You're not going to like what the content providers are going to do to you once they get complete control over your viewing experience. ;)
  9. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    Except Comcast who seems to love TiVo. Maybe they are smart enough to realize that they have a few more customers because of TiVo and in spite of their own hardware, or maybe they just realize that enough TiVo users buy VOD that they gave them all the opportunity to shovel more money at Comcast via their TiVo remote. :D
  10. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    I can tell you for sure that that is the ONLY reason I switched from DirecTV to Comcast. Because they supported retail TiVo Boxes. If they dropped TiVo I'd very likely drop them.
  11. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    Yeah exactly. With HBO it won't matter, but with any other channel that has commercials it will suck.
  12. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    Same. I'd use the Genie over any other MSO-supplied box. The only exception would be if I end up moving to eastern MA, I might consider RCN if it was available, since they have TiVo.
  13. wblynch

    wblynch Member

    Aug 13, 2003
    OTA baby !
  14. fred2

    fred2 Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    I've never had cable so I would have to agree. Also, as to Tivo's future, I recall the same discussion when I got a Series 2 whatever, I don't know how many years ago. They seem to be still kicking up the dust except on that Series 2 which is lodged in a pile of it in the basement!

    Speaking of "how many years ago", is there somewhere on our account info to find out when we first joined the "club?"
  15. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Log into your account at Tivo.com and look at the activation date for your original TiVo.

    We took advantage of the lifetime transfer offer to move it from our original S1's to 2 S3 OLEDs so our S3's actually show the original activation dates of 6/18/2000 and 5/8/2002. The S1's show an activation date that matches the transfer date as they received 1 year of free service as part of the offer.

  16. fred2

    fred2 Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Thanks: 05/10/2007 (not as long as I thought!) - OH, that's WRONG. Since it shows my Series 3 was activated more than a year earlier than that. And I had the 2 at least a couple of years. Oh, well ..........
  17. aristoBrat

    aristoBrat Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Va Beach, VA
    I pay the cable company over $100/month to subscribe to their TV services precisely because a CableCard allows me to bring my own device.

    I'm sure they'd prefer that I lease one of their $20/month DVRs instead of leasing one of their $2/month CableCards, but it seems stupid for them to risk losing my $100/month business by taking away the CableCard option.

    That's not in the best interest of their profits!

    I'm excited for the future changes in the video delivery arena, but with Cox Cable having recently made a big investment in their relatively new 6-tuner DVR, I don't see the current method of video delivery completely disappearing anytime soon. One that note, I'm not worried about the amount of money I've sunk into my TiVos. And if I were just getting into TiVo now, I'm not sure I'd be worried either.

    10/16/2001 for my Series1 box. :)
  18. dfreybur

    dfreybur Active Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    That would be a feature request, but I tried that back in the Series 3 days and I know nothing will ever come of it - At the time it was common to have a network connection that could not quite maintain a stream. So click on a video from a streaming vendor and buffer it into Now Playing. Let me watch it and delete my copy later. Have the copy automatically delete if that's what it takes.

    I know why it's not going to happen. Legal issues of copying content that was not broadcast.

    So what I want now is not listing Hulu and whatever in menus. It's *actual* integration with all of those stream vendors. Say I want a Season Pass to West Wing (MASH, Babylon 5, Mister Ed, whatever). I go through all the menus to find it and I mark that I want a Season Pass for it. When I go to Now Playing it lists West Wing. It remembers which season, which episode and how far into that episode I am so I don't have to navigate a dozen menus just to get to a show I want.

    That would be an enormous market differentiator - Only have to find a show once in its custom menus per stream vendor. As good as the Season Pass feature for series once it knew how to follow schedule changes. By the way now that we have a Roamio I love that it now knows how to follow a series across channels! Do that across stream vendors and it would rule!
  19. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    If your stuff is not copy protected, sure. Otherwise it's worthless.
  20. monkeydust

    monkeydust Member

    Dec 12, 2004
    I've got a Plus and a Mini but I'm not buying anything else until they offer 4k support.

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