Tivo model choices- your thoughts?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by OrangeTurtle, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

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    And an RF remote too....
     
  2. Bigg

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    IIRC, the Roamio/Roamio OTA and the Bolt OTA (not the regular Bolt) all have the same tuner, which is generally regarded as the best of the ATSC 1.0 tuners. Downside is, the Roamio won't be upgradable to ATSC 3.0 like the Bolt and EDGE might be with a dongle since they can decode HEVC. I like my Roamio OTA for now.
     
  3. OrangeTurtle

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    So the Roamio and bolt tuner are both superior to the premiere tuner? Just hooked up a premiere at my in laws and the reception appears to be a little weaker than when they just plug into the tv.

    I had heard the bolt was weaker than the Roamio. Truth to that?

    thinking maybe I should search for a used Roamio- do you think I would really see an improvement for tv reception?

    thanks!
     
  4. Bigg

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    Bolt OTA and Roamio are superior to the Premiere. Not sure about the regular Bolt.

    Again, pay attention to the type of Bolt since the regular Bolt's tuner is not as good as the one used in the Roamio/Roamio OTA/Bolt OTA.
     
  5. OrangeTurtle

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    Thank you! I decided to grab a Roamio basic. It arrives in a couple days, will swap that out with the premiere at my in-laws- sounds like that could get better reception (will also be a bit snappier as well)!

    Also, I decided to grab another mini vox to use with my bolt. Was debating on holding out for an Edge offer later this year, but based on what I have heard from everyone I think I will stick with the Bolt for the foreseeable future. My bolt has been solid (and I think I am sticking with TE3).

    Thanks for all the feedback folks!
     
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  6. JoeKustra

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    More feedback: if it's not a major issue, the VOX remote, used in IR mode, will not give that error message should you hit that big blue button in error.
     
  7. jtanenbaum

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    Rather than debate about which TiVo to buy, I'm concerned that buying any new TiVo at all might be short-sighted move. If Comcast is going to convert to IPTV, will a TiVo continue to have value to me? Maybe there is an entire discussion thread on this subject? if so, please point me there.
     
  8. dishrich

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    If you buy a plain Roamio, (NOT the OTA-only or cable-only units) then you have the benefit of it being able to be repurposed to an OTA Tivo if you no longer us it on Comcast, since it can do either signal. Of course if you can't get any OTA signal, doesn't do much go for you...but as discussed before, it STILL would have a good resale value if it's lifetimed.

    As long as you keep it on TE3, I really don't think you went wrong with that decision. ;)
    Last month I picked up another lifetime Roamio basic as well, off ebay, for $250, which will make the 4th Roamio I current own. It was in very good condition, including the remote control & was wiped back to factory with TE3, so I didn't even have to do the downgrade (really upgrade in my book :D ) One of my other 3+year old Roamio basic's was having a tuner fit (pixelation on all channels with the same, good OTA signal I've always had) & got me to thinking I really need a "backup" unit, as I regularly use the 2 units OTA daily. (interestingly after leaving this Roamio unplugged for a week while I was gone, when I plugged it back in, it started working normally & has been ever since...go figure) I already got a new 3TB HDD that I'm going to swap into this newly acquired Roamio & it'll be like a refurbed unit...except with a nice, new, big HDD!
    The really amazing thing...I didn't even have to call Rovi to have it added to my account...I just sent an email with the necessary info & they got it added to my account the very next day...shocking!
     
  9. OrangeTurtle

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    The Roamio basic arrived Monday, hooked it up for my in-laws. Fan was loud at first when I plugged it in (that surprised me), but then it quieted right down. Found it for $200, so I was thrilled with that price- especially because of the versatility (Cable or Antenna).

    Now I just have to sell the Premiere I just bought (actually recently purchased two of them, was going to use one for a summer trade in to get the Edge, but have decided it's not worth the upgrade. Shouldn't be too tough since it does have lifetime service.

    To the person who wants to know why someone should get into Tivo today. I would say, it's not something I could advise anyone to do at this point because they might not be happy a year from now- but I like using it. Also, I am already in the system and it has paid for itself already. I am still happy with my service, just not as confident as the future doesn't seem as bright for TiVo as it did say 3-4 years ago.
     
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  10. Bigg

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    There's an entire thread for that:

    TiVo support for IPTV
     
  11. Bigg

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    Until ATSC 3.0 makes the Roamio obsolete. At least the Bolt may be able to be upgraded to ATSC 3.0, the EDGE I believe only comes in either OTA or cable, not both.
     
  12. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Lots of ifs/when/who knows, there. ;) In the meanwhile, to be enjoyed.
     
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  13. Bigg

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    True. I know my Roamio OTA will be obsolete soon since it can't do HEVC. But until then, I'll keep using it and figure out ATSC 3.0 when it gets here.
     

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