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TiVo Hydra/Gen4 User Interface reviews and comments thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Mikeguy, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. oryan_dunn

    oryan_dunn Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    If you have another non-hydra TiVo, I think you can transfer recordings to that, roll back, then transfer them back.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    You could also transfer to PC. Either method only works on non copy-protected recordings.
  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I think you can do that with a Hydra TiVo also, should make no difference except you will have to do some xfers on-line
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    Online is the only way to transfer to a Hydrated TiVo.
  5. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Aug 21, 2002
    New York...
    Given unlimited processing power and memory, sure. But we are talking about a DVR, which has limited CPU and memory, plus a limited disk partition in which to manage it all.

    Trust me, I've been managing software development for data management solutions for 30 years...reversing an upgrade process is often considerably more difficult than the upgrade itself.
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  6. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    You can save your 1P/SP with kmttg and upload them after reverting. Also, depending on your cable company, you can do the same with content (Comcast that would be almost all content except movie channels).

  7. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006

    think the op wants to transfer from hydra not to hydra
  8. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    I was responding to what lessd posted.
  9. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    I think it is even more than significant database changes. The current UI uses a cross compile API called HAXE. This new version moves away from Flash / Haxe completely. I am not sure a direct rollback would even be possible considering that architecture level change.

    And like @Diana Collins, I have managed software products for over 20 years.

    Unlike @Diana Collins, I chose to wait a little while before upgrading, mostly because of the loss of the live guide.
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  10. EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

    May 25, 2006
    Recently received a factory refurbished Bolt from TiVo. It shipped with or upgraded to the Hydra UI. I have a Mini that is connected to it and had to upgrade to Hydra. I've played around with the interface a bit and overall I think it looks fine but there are things that I used a lot that are now gone.

    1. Cannot sort program guide by channel name. It is especially handy when setting up a new TiVo when typing have to delete duplicate channels (mostly eliminating SD channels that are available in HD)
    2. No subcategories for sports, movies etc., in the channel guide.
    3. TiVo home screen shortcuts have changed. I used the TiVo + number shortcuts all the time.
    4. Not being able to play an entire folder. (according to what I've read. I don't have any recordings on that Bolt to test it.
    5. It's way too easy to lose your live TV buffer. Even pressing the Live button on the remote takes you to the channel were watching but the buffer is gone.
    That's just what I've found so far. I really hope TiVo adds this functionality back in to the interface.
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  11. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    You are saying that they are not using Haxe with Hydra (and where did you get that info)? I thought the benefit of using Haxe was being able to support different hardware?

  12. Johncv

    Johncv Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Chula Vista, CA
    I read somewhere that Hydra is using Android (could be wrong).
  13. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    I don't think that's true. Check the following article which indicates that it's not based on Android but they can/will have an Android version that can run as an Android app which is why I'm thinking that they must still be using Haxe (plus upgrading existing Bolt/Roamio's from gen3 to Hydra probably wouldn't be something they would offer if the OS changed to Android).

    TiVo Shows Off Predictive Hydra UI Again | Androidheadlines.com

  14. chicagoenergy

    chicagoenergy chicagoenergy

    Nov 14, 2013
    This is correct. I did this to downgrade two Roamio units. Downgraded one at a time and moved the shows between the boxes to complete the process and not lose any shows.

    Go back to gen3 or Encore (I think that’s what it is called). It’s worth the time and effort. You’ll be happy.
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  15. Barnstormer

    Barnstormer Member

    Sep 23, 2015
    Just a question. I have been reading about the Hydra interface for a few months.

    I have a Roamio OTA unit (yes, I know, old and out of date but it works so well!) and I have not seen any update to Hydra. Can I assume Hydra does not work on my Roamio and therefore I won't have to deal with it? Or is it optional to use?
  16. osu1991

    osu1991 Active Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Hydra is optional you have to opt in to have it sent to your TiVo. There is a thread here with the link to the opt in page. Opinions vary, but Hydra runs great on my Roamio OTA. I have no problems with either interfaces
  17. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    You have to explicitly request it. I would advise you to investigate fully before doing so as the only way to roll back if you don't like it loses everything, including recordings.

    BTW, I would hardly call a Roamio OTA "old an out of date".
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  18. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    TiVo user login

    Normal account email and password. Remember, you do lose it all to go back.

    My Roamio OTA was built 31 July 2017. It's not that old. I have replaced the fan.

    Earlier link which may also work ->New Experience
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018
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  19. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Your list looks right. As for number 5, I haven't seen a loss of buffer that I didn't expect yet, although I don't usually use the live button to switch buffers.
  20. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Sez the Tivo-can't-do-anything-wrong defender. :rolleyes:
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