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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Mikeguy, Mar 30, 2017.
Kudos that they gave us a heads up that it was ending.
Thanks. I guess I'll watch for an email, or worst-case, call them before doing anything with the new Bolt.
The original email I received stated the offer ended April 10th. Was it extended beyond that?
They never announced an extension but continued to accept orders for a few extra days.
I've have hooked up my other lifetimed S2 that has been sitting dormant for over a year. As we speak, it's just now connecting to the mother ship; I wasn't 100% that it still works, but apparently it does work.
My wife said she no longer cares about the S2 - that between our Premier, our Roamio, and our Bolt she thinks that's enough, but I told her I still want the S2 to connect to the TiVo servers so that it will become eligible for future promotions. I now await the next promotion.
Meanwhile, I do have the S2 hooked to our OTA antenna, as well as to an IR controlled tuner that converts digital to analog, so we could put it into productive service recording shows, if we want, like our last S2 used to do. (Recall that that S2 no longer has TiVo service, thanks to this Bolt promotion.)
I ordered a 500 GB Bolt on 4/5 and received it on Thursday. Just hooked it up today. Very smooth setup with the Optimum Cablecard. Coming from a Series 2, it'll be an adjustment. My wife is very confused, but I'm sure she'll pick things up quickly.
I am really happy that I took the deal. I am really loving my new Bolt! Quite a difference coming from my Series 3 that I have been using for the past 10 years. The iOS TiVo app works great as well.
Speaking of the iOS TiVo app. Does anyone know if it's possible to paste with it? Like if I had to enter a password copied from my password manager?
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Another question about the iOS TiVo app: I see I can watch shows on my iPad, as they stream from the Bolt. I had for some reason assumed I could do the same with my Roamio and Premier, that the Bolt would somehow act as a relay (like the TiVo Stream would, if I had one). Am I mistaken about that?
I'm jealous! I ordered mine 4/4 and it hasn't even shipped yet! Did you order expedited shipping? I didn't.
remember, this is the ONLY Tivo which allows external box switching. So someone in an RV with satellite would have good use for these. I'm not sure if Tivo allows ownership change anymore, but if they do, then there's still a reason for these to live. I use one with a satellite dish in a guest room - does it's job just fine, albeit in SD
Some people have all the luck--congrats!
It is my understanding that the streaming facility in the Bolt is only for the Bolt and, unlike the stand-alone Stream and the Roamio Plus/Pro, will not stream for other devices. (I have no first-hand knowledge of this situation as I have two Roamio Pluses in my network.)
The Roamio Pro & Roamio Plus essentially have a Tivo Stream built inside them & can function as you've described. The Bolt has a slightly different implementation & will only stream for the box itself. To do what you're describing with the Roamio & Premier you'll need either a standalone Tivo Stream or a Roamio Pro/Plus.
Thank you for that answer. In my case, I don't think it's worth getting a TiVo Stream because the Bolt has been designated as my TiVo, while my wife gets the rest, and I'm the one that's mainly interested in streaming to the iPad. So at least the Bolt will stream, which is a significant feature for me. (Also, if I really wanted to, I could transfer shows from other TiVos to the Bolt for later watching through iOS, though I'm not sure I'll actually bother to do that.)
Right now I'm still busy watching my backlog on the Roamio (not a Pro or Plus, so no streaming to iPad), but eventually I'll have stuff to watch on the Bolt.
Say, here's one other question about that iOS app. I see it has buttons similar to my TiVo remote, like 7 second replay and 30 second skip, which is quite nice, but I don't see the A/B/C/D buttons anywhere. (I especially like using the D button to skip commercials.) Does anybody know if those buttons just aren't there on the app? My workaround is to FF or use repeated 30 second skips to get through the commercials, but it would be nice to have that D button.
The TiVo app has A/B/C/D buttons; to see them you have to slide the remote up a little.
You don't need the D button to skip commercials; Channel Up does that, and Channel Down skips back to the previous skip point.
Oops...I should know better than to rely on my failing memory. I actually ordered on 4/3 and not 4/5. But still not bad considering I didn't specify Expedited Shipping.
I was trying to figure out what you mean by external box switching. My S2s are my newest TiVos, until the Bolt arrives.
Do you mean they are the only ones with the IR emitters on cables, for controlling an external tuner/box? I'm so used to doing things that way that I hadn't even considered that the new boxes might not allow that. I guess I need to get caught up to how stuff works now.
I'm just glad that the CableCard should hopefully eliminate the occasional issue where the IR repeater doesn't work quite right, and the channel doesn't change correctly for a recording.
HD-capable TiVos don't have a port for the blasters nor an AV input.
I think you have the skip commercials reversed . Channel UP skips to next index point and Channel DOWN does the previous index point.