Tivo Summer Sale 2019 is ON! Just transferred my Series 3 to a new Bolt Vox

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  1. Aug 2, 2019 #341 of 462

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008


    No need to send your Roamio back, it will just be deactivated on/near Aug. 31. You can still watch content from the Roamio on a TV that is connected directly to it. You can also sell it or give it away for others to use if they want to add service and re-activate it.
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  2. Aug 2, 2019 #342 of 462
    The TiVo Dude

    The TiVo Dude Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Once "deactivated" it will no longer get program data from TiVo, got it.

    What about accessing it over your home network? Can it still function as a separate storage location for content?
  3. Aug 2, 2019 #343 of 462

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Not without an active TiVo service plan.
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  4. Aug 2, 2019 #344 of 462

    TiVo_Ted Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2000
    FYI, we are showing out-of-stock on the TiVo website for 1TB units. However, you can still get them as part of this sale if you place the order via phone. Those orders will be shipped out to customers by the end of next week.
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  5. Aug 2, 2019 #345 of 462

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005


    Hopefully, that's a reflection of lots of sales for you. :up:
  6. Aug 2, 2019 #346 of 462
    michigan bob

    michigan bob New Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    Yes. Got the unit on Thursday. Set it up, works great. Found out one of my older Tivo Minis is not compatible with the Bolt.

    Disapponted in Mac Sales. Ordered Tuesday morning with 2 day delivery, still hasnt arrived. FEDEX says "PENDING", Package is sitting in Chicago since 7-30-19 at 10:03PM.
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  7. Aug 2, 2019 #347 of 462

    Dr_Zoidberg Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    Received my Bolt Vox, and got my cablecard from Verizon yesterday. Set it up jut a short while ago, and everything looks good. The plan is to migrate all the S2 DT recordings over to it and move the Season Passes from my Premiere to it. The S2 has no passes at this point.

    I'm running into a problem with http://online.tivo.com/start though. I've signed in, and all I see are a spinning dots in the center of the window. I presume it's trying to gather all the info from each device, but it's been doing it now for 10+ minutes and I'm still waiting. It's never been that slow before. I've modified the new unit to allow transfers. Should I wait a day before I try to do anything, is there something else I have to do, or should it work straight away?
  8. Aug 2, 2019 #348 of 462

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Um, there’s no retail Mini that’s not compatible with any BOLT. All Minis are compatible with all 4+ tuner TiVo DVRs.
  9. Aug 3, 2019 #349 of 462

    lujan Active Member

    May 24, 2010
    That's great if we don't need to send it back but I thought I read somewhere where TiVo would send a shipping label and we needed to send it back by January 2020?
  10. Aug 3, 2019 #350 of 462

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    You sure it didn't say January 2019?

    It's from an old promotion.
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  11. Aug 3, 2019 #351 of 462

    AntiPC Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 21, 2005
    My experience was very smooth. On last Saturday I ordered the Tivo, and a Toshiba hard drive from MacSales. On Tuesday I picked up the cable card at the Comcast store, and the hard drive was delivered. Thursday the Tivo showed up and I tested it on OTA, then opened it up, swapped the drive, and activated the cable card. A few of observations:

    The Tivo arrived activated, and I didn't need to call in. It showed up as "all in" on my account when I checked on line.

    The Comcast experience was Jeckell and Hyde. A guy in the store said he didn't think they had any cable cards before looking, while another guy told me they looked at cable cards as being obsolete soon. (I refrained from telling him that I looked at cable TV as being obsolete soon :p) They did have them, just as cable card CSR1 had told me. When I called to activate, cable card CSR2 was amazingly competent and walked me through the menus to get the numbers and verify operation. She asked me if she could call me back in a half hour to make sure it was working and then did.

    I cut up an old credit card into five slices, cutting from top to bottom, to pop the clips to open the case. It took some patience, but I managed to get it open without breaking any clips. I watched the youtube video, but found the ifixit page very helpful.
    TiVo Bolt Hard Drive Replacement
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  12. Aug 3, 2019 #352 of 462

    the_Skywise Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Got the TiVo and an off-the-shelf WD Blue. Managed to get the case off (finally) and swapped the drive which worked fine through setup and then hung at Starting Up... Searched here only to discover that the WD20SPZX aren't supported on the TE4 - which isn't a big deal as I planned on downgrading to TE3 but I wasn't given the choice. Ended up putting the original 500gb drive back in, going through the setup process (again) and then doing the downgrade procedure then got the setup again, then reinserted the new drive and... it went back to the new interface. Sigh...

    So back to the original hard drive, rerun setup, get TE4, downgrade again, keep the original drive in and rerun setup - got the TE3 interface this time.

    Put the WD20SPZX in the tivo and boot, rerun setup AGAIN and got a proper boot. At this rate, however, I'm ordering the toshiba from the mac place just for peace of mind. I doubt TiVo will ever send a TE3 update again but just want to be on the safe side before making the actual transition.

    So I put the cable card back into the Roamio and, of course, it now doesn't work. Ran the online activation for Comcast but only got the non-premium channels back which is fine for now.
  13. Aug 3, 2019 #353 of 462

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Does TiVo no longer make a 3 TB Bolt? I was considering taking advantage of this deal and upgrading my Roamio to a Bolt, but I noticed that they only have 500 GB and 1 TB options.
  14. Aug 3, 2019 #354 of 462

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    That is correct.
  15. Aug 3, 2019 #355 of 462

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks! So how much is a compatible 3 TB drive if I decide to go with the 500 GB model and upgrade it?
  16. Aug 3, 2019 #356 of 462

    pldmich New Member

    Dec 4, 2010
  17. Aug 3, 2019 #357 of 462

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Just to be clear, the stock drive capacity numbers can be a misdirection. Given the DIY drive capacity is entirely up to the customer once the box is in the home, what really matters when deciding between the available models is what can’t be altered in-home: the tuners.

    500GB = 4 tuners, CableCARD or OTA
    1TB = 6 tuners, CableCARD-only

    The 1TB ‘BOLT VOX for cable’ model is the current replacement for the 3TB BOLT+, and Roamio (1TB Plus|3TB Pro) models.

    p.s. “hi!,” Brian. That ReplayTV I picked-up years ago is now sitting in the basement, among a pile of 10+ similar boxes, plus a nearly equal number of old DirecTiVos. Thanks again, one last time.
  18. Aug 3, 2019 #358 of 462

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks for the invaluable information! I need 6 tuners, and I don't care about OTA, so I guess I'd have to go with the 1TB model.

    LOL! I think I still have a Replay sitting in a closet somewhere along with several obsolete TiVos. :)
  19. Aug 3, 2019 #359 of 462

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Yes, correct.

    I still have 1 ReplayTV operational along with IVSMagic and WiRNS, if only to maintain access to poopli; though (forgive me, Father) it’s been 6+ months since my last IVS transfer.
  20. Aug 3, 2019 #360 of 462

    randian Active Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    If your provider is sending you overcompressed MPEG-4, like Comcast, I'm not seeing the point of a 3TB drive. The official hours rating of a TiVo 1TB drive assumes reasonably compressed MPEG-2. You'll get close to triple that on Comcast.

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