TiVo Mega - coming soon !!

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by HoustonMidtown, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Sep 8, 2014 #21 of 161
    bradleys

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    My issue is that it only has 6 tuners, if this beast is really going to be a hub for a "Mega" implementation it needs 12 tuners (two cable cards)
     
  2. Sep 8, 2014 #22 of 161
    TxDan

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    Can you imagine what "My Shows" looks like when this thing is 25% full?
     
  3. Sep 8, 2014 #23 of 161
    f0gax

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    If I had to guess it is because they are aiming this at a market where reliability trumps capacity (to an extent). You can get enterprise-class drives with 3 and 4 TB capacity. But 6TB, not so much.

    If they're smart though, they'll build it so that it can be expanded on the fly. I managed a few NAS devices that allow for that. If you want to upgrade, you just pop in a new larger disk, wait for the system to rebuild the parity, and repeat until you've replaced all the drives.

    Also, in RAID5 you "lose" one drive worth of capacity for parity - so it would be more like 54 TB in your scenario.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2014 #24 of 161
    mr_smits

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    I doubt any of the other features will be available for most users. The text search and ability to export for newscasts is important to a relatively small market.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2014 #25 of 161
    dswallow

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    I think it's reasonable there be some sort of high-end custom-install product to go along with those who are target customers of companies like Crestron. Though I think it having been more modular would've been an advantage to having a larger potential market -- separating the tuner device from storage, for instance. Though maybe inside that is what they did and this is just an initial product. I suspect, though, it's probably just a Roamio Pro inside and some fancy RAID-to-SATA sort of interface to it, and appropriate updates to software.

    At the very least we need to see cooperative multi-unit scheduling next, and potentially some more flexibility in how a TiVo mini can interact with multiple TiVo devices (not having a mini myself I'm not sure what existing capabilities are there, but something to make it somewhat seamlessly be able to share a collection of TiVo units on a network would be what I mean).

    Overall, though, I think it's nice to see TiVo address this market.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2014 #26 of 161
    JWhites

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    Could this be TiVo's network DVR solution they mentioned? http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/tivo-network-dvr-prototype/ or could this work in place of the Dell servers for the ActiveVideo Roku solution? http://zatznotfunny.com/2013-06/is-activevideo-powering-tivos-cloud-initiative/

    Regarding the display I think it's a great idea. Do you want something like this http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0...ter-DOT-Matrix-LCD-Module-With-20x2-Dots.jpg or something that can do graphics as well like this http://www.china-lcdmodule.com/upfiles/HG240641.jpg or this http://www.china-lcdmodule.com/upfiles/HG32024011.jpg Came across something like this which was pretty cool. http://usb.brando.com/ezsave-lockdock-usb-3-0-sata-hdd-dock_p02760c0057d015.html
     
  7. Sep 8, 2014 #27 of 161
    Bierboy

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    Define "slightly"..... :D
     
  8. Sep 8, 2014 #28 of 161
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, I have an unmodded Premiere XL4 that almost entirely meets my requirements, so do the math... ;)
     
  9. Sep 8, 2014 #29 of 161
    JWhites

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    My head hurts now from doing the math :(
     
  10. Sep 8, 2014 #30 of 161
    aaronwt

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    It isn't. When I was reading the article I expected them to say it had twelve or eighteen tuners. But only six? That makes no sense.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2014 #31 of 161
    tarheelblue32

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    I assume the reason they didn't include user profile folders and 12 tuners was because it would have required a lot of new software code that they don't have the resources to dedicate towards writing. Perhaps in a year or 2 they will come out with the "Mega Plus" with 12 tuners.
     
  12. Sep 8, 2014 #32 of 161
    trip1eX

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    You're supposed to b(u)y 2 if you want 12 tuners.
     
  13. Sep 8, 2014 #33 of 161
    tenthplanet

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    That's the beauty of rack mount, buy as many as you need and plug em in. :D
     
  14. Sep 8, 2014 #34 of 161
    generaltso

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    Yeah, 6 tuners is disappointing since that's what the current Roamio Plus/Pro already has. So if you upgrade, all you're getting is lots of capacity for a whole lot of money. This thing needs 12 tuners for that kind of money. The kind of person who "needs" that kind of capacity, will also need more than 6 tuners. Heck, I have 6 things recording at once all the time on my Roamio.
     
  15. Sep 8, 2014 #35 of 161
    JWhites

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    With the amount of problems Roamio had with outdated cablecard firmware, that makes me nervous. Cisco has a cablecard call the PKM 908 the actually supports up to eight tuners per card. http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/video/remote-controls-keyboards/ol_28628_01.pdf but then the limitation could fall into the cable headend not supporting the cablecard due to non updated equipment, and I can't really say I know of any MSO using this model.
     
  16. Sep 8, 2014 #36 of 161
    tarheelblue32

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    With 2 separate CableCards that shouldn't be a problem.
     
  17. Sep 8, 2014 #37 of 161
    JWhites

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    Unless you're in a service area where the cable cards aren't updated to support 6 tuners. I can't even tell you how much support problems a Roamio user has when it comes to Comcast. I had a technician out the other day who was really going on about how much Comcast does not teach their installers about how to navigate around TiVo and that they have to rely on the customer to access menus. Comcast only just recently started pushing out the necessary firmware updates to all of their customers a year after the Romeo was released.
     
  18. Sep 8, 2014 #38 of 161
    NJ Webel

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    No OTA = No Sale. :D
     
  19. Sep 8, 2014 #39 of 161
    bmgoodman

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    It's interesting that Infinty X1 DVR can now collaboratively schedule up to 3 devices, for a total of 15 tuners! I'm glad Tivo realized years ago that nobody would ever want that! ;)
     
  20. Sep 8, 2014 #40 of 161
    NSPhillips

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    How could you fill up that many hours with OTA shows?
     

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