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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by spinhar1, Jul 1, 2015.
What ever happened to the Mega?
Vaporware. Always seemed silly to me. Who needs 24TB of storage with only 6 tuners?
I would love to havet hat much storage. There are a lot of tv series that I would love to record and store on one of these. My main tv and movie storage so to speak is Vudu.
Couldn't you use a relatively inexpensive NAS and a couple 6TB drives to use as storage for a Tivo.
There in lies the dilemma. The fair use ruling was only ever intended to cover "time shifting" of content and specifically said it was not intended to cover "archiving". The only reason to have that much space is archiving. A 24TB TiVo would hold nearly 4,000 hours of HD content. There is no way you could reasonably argue that such a unit was strictly used for "time shifting".
Unless the terms "time shifting" and "archiving" were given specific definitions by the statute, I bet you could probably find at least a million "reasonable" lawyers who would be willing to argue that exact point.
Well if you had a place with 4 people and used a Mega with 3 minis, one for each person, that'd be 6TB each of storage, the same as a Pro, which is already being sold without backlash.
SnapStream - the non-vapor competitor:
Between 3 Tivos I have less than 4.5 TB of programs in 6 TB of storage and it already feels like I'll never get around to watching everything.
I want one.......NOW!!!
More tuners would make the Mega more practical. Even if it required two CableCARDs like the old S3 units. Although 24TB still seems like overkill to me.
Also something like that really, really, needs a user profile system for it to be effective as a family sharing device.
What I would find nice about a Mega like tivo is raid redundancy and the ability to hot swap drives.
We all know that the hard drive is the most likely thing to fail in a Tivo, and having an easy ability to swap out a bad drive or add a drive to increase storage without losing what you have would be great. I would be okay if it shipped with out drives, with a lower cost. Not that I can afford any upgrades any time soon.
The threshold for needing user profiles is far lower than a Mega.
I want to work for them.
Oh I've been asking for them for years. With profiles me and my wife could probably share a TiVo rather then having his/hers Roamio Pros.
Yeah, that might be one reason I'd opt for a second TiVo, rather than a Mini; but with 5+ viewers in the household, it's just not feasible.
edit: p.s. Of course, this is probably why TiVo doesn't want to add user profiles, given they can wring more purchases out of their existing customers, just like with Apple and their ridiculously single-user tablets (and phones).
The TiVo Mega was never going to be sold direct to customers so I wouldn't expect to hear anything about it. It seemed to be a custom install job that will probably never even be advertised to customers. So there is no way to know if there is even one in the wild.
TiVo spent some time on this see http://custom.tivo.com/mega_products.html?gclid=CMy_he2gvcYCFVMXHwodAo4Dyg&gclsrc=aw.ds
Sure. But that is not a consumer site. That is a website for custom installers. Again, this was never going to be sold direct to consumers. And the appeal of such device is likely so small that it was never meant to sell any a large quantity.
So the question is - Is TiVo selling this?