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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sender_name, Jul 22, 2019.
August 21, 2018?!
Not surprising since you placed your order well before it was announced.
LOL--that's what the page says (I copied and pasted).
No first hand experience but you may want to research (1) whether using an external as additional storage is even possible with a BOLT (putting aside the risk/reward factor of only bumping storage by 1TB); (2) how using an external, if possible, affects your ability to migrate to a larger single drive setup; and (3) how an external enclosure can be used for a single drive configuration.
I know almost nothing about using an external drive with a TiVo box except that, it's not necessarily simply a plug-'n-play affair. There is a specific DVR Expander that can be used with a TiVo box (no longer being manufactured, and of more limited capacity?) and people otherwise have cabled an external drive to the box. Recommended that you research matters here first, before proceeding. Note that when an external drive is used (at least, with the DVR Expander), recordings are split between the internal and external drives, adding possible complexity and issues.
A separate, attractive option: replace the internal drive with a larger-capacity drive--up to a 3TB drive and the box does all the formatting, etc. (it literally is just replace the drive and the box does the rest--the hardest thing in the process is getting the TiVo box open). There are threads here on the replacement process and YouTube, etc. videos. Also see the following, for some drive options. Tivo Summer Sale 2019 is ON! Just transferred my Series 3 to a new Bolt Vox
I'm reading threads right now about external storage on the Bolt. The WD drive I have is 4TB not 1TB. I know it's a sunk cost, but I'd like to utilize the WD red drive instead dumping more money into a new internal drive if possible.
I just put in my order today and it should arrive on Thursday. I noticed they extended the deadline too since maybe they aren't flying off the shelves as fast as they thought. I'm fairly certain that the 500 gb vox will be OTA compatible, but I wish I could find more specs to nail it down as an OTA.
Sorry if my earlier post might have misled you: TE3 is not needed to transfer shows via TiVo Online--TE3 only is needed if one wants to transfer shows by using the My Shows listing on a TiVo box (TE4 eliminated that possibility).
any internal 2tb drive recommendations for the bolt?
yeah - I just went back to the email I got and the fine print has August 21, 2019 (that should really be something more up front)
Unless something has changed, the 500GB Bolt is both OTA and cable compatible (it's listed under the promotion page Tech Specs "tab," but TiVo really should be more clear, including up-front).
I also had noted the extension of the promotion date, and likewise was wondering.
Well, hey, they got the date right in one out of two places, lol.
You might want to check out this post: Tivo Summer Sale 2019 is ON! Just transferred my Series 3 to a new Bolt Vox
Oh, well people tend to hate TE4, so I'm willing to avoid it. It seems the My Shows listing makes you transfer episodes one by one which would be cumbersome.
The My Shows method (yep, 1-by-1) would have been cumbersome for me, except that: the TiVo Online method was even moreso, given that it wasn't acting consistently and was missing misc. transfers, doing duplicate transfers, etc.--be sure to double-check it (a pain); and I could queue up My Shows recordings to transfer while watching television--my fingers got fast at the process, queuing up shows in batches.
weakknees.com has 2 and 3 TB internal drives available as well as 6 and 10 TB external drives for the Bolt, for those interested.
Thanks to the person who suggested just trying the S2DT, I didn't think of that I just assumed the TSN in the email was all that would work (sorry I can't get back upthread to credit properly).
I'll poke around, but wondering about 500GB vs 1TB. In FL we have free Comcast and if I can't reuse my CableCard I'll get a replacement (condo includes 2xHD box so I traded in 1xHD box for a CC years ago). I carry the Premiere back and forth each year.
Other than 4 tuners vs 6, is there any downside to the 500GB version? I can't use TiVo on cable in ON but they used to have program info for OTA, do they still? I tried OTA with my Premiere some years ago, we have two transmission towers here, and on Google Maps it appears I have direct LOS to one of them between two neighbouring buildings if I position antenna right (I literally drew a line on GM satellite view from the tower in the photo, to my bedroom window!). In the end only 1 station came in out of about 6, but I didn't put any effort into it and may be moving. So I'd consider an OTA Bolt VOX for use in ON but not if there's another downside (smaller capacity isn't entirely bad as it's $100 toward a 3TB drive . Don't mean to start a long discussion of 500GB vs 1TB but I'm having trouble navigating on my phone so thought there might be an easy yes/no answer.
The differences between the 500GB and 1TB: the 1TB is cable-only; 4 vs. 6 tuners; and the hard drive size.
Anybody else get a notice stating they have to ship their old Roamio to TiVo to get the offer?
For those whose qualified TSN's aren't working online, I was just able to place an order using a Chrome incognito window. I put in the TSN before I logged in to my account. The TSN that didn't work when I was logged in to my account worked and the discount was applied. Then I selected the checkout button at the bottom of the page and the login page displayed. I logged in, discount stayed, and I was able to checkout.
Yay! I had the same problem last year with the promo and my qualified TSN not working online. I had to spend a great deal of time on the phone on hold to get the promo. Saw where someone mentioned that there might be an issue with cookies so rather than clear my cookies I thought I'd try the incognito window, and it worked for me.