Upgrading and subscription questions

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by kturcotte, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. Dec 4, 2015 #1 of 10
    kturcotte

    kturcotte Active Member

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    I currently have a Roamio with a 3 TB hard drive installed internally. Thinking about upgrading to a Bolt. Is the hard drive upgrade the same? If so, I doubt I can just swap and still watch my recorded shows on the Bolt? If that doesn't work, I assume I can stream recorded shows from the Roamio to the Bolt?
    Also, what happens after the 1 year subscription ends? Does it required a yearly subscription or will monthly work too?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2015 #2 of 10
    JoeKustra

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    I can only answer that any TiVo can watch or copy programs from any other TiVo on your network. The speed between two basic Roamio boxes is 100Mbps on my wireless system. It can be faster with a gigabit network and faster boxes.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2015 #3 of 10
    NoNose

    NoNose It's complicated...

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    The Bolt HD is 2.5" vs 3.5" for the Roamio. No swapping the old drive into the smaller chassis of the Bolt. A 3TB drive for the Bolt is hard to locate, so most folks opt for the very available and reliable Samsung/Seagate 2TB 2.5" drive at Amazon for $99. They just came back in stock. Note that the upgrade procedure is a little more complex than was the Roamio's. See the video on YouTube. Be sure to NOT use a drill-driver as was used in the video. Driving screws into plastic, without stripping them, is a crap shoot.

    I'm new to Tivo, so I can't advise on a good method to move data from one drive to another. Pretty sure you can find an answer here with a specific search.

    On the Bolt, you will start paying for a yearly $150 subscription at the end of the free period. However, who knows what kind of deals Tivo will come up with between now and then?
     
  4. Dec 4, 2015 #4 of 10
    aaronwt

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    A 4TB drive for the Bolt is much easier to locate and cheaper than a 3TB. Although to get the 4TB you buy an external drive and open it to get to the 2.5" 4TB drive inside. I use a 4TB, 2.5" drive in each of my Bolts. I've seen them priced as low as $130 and as high as $180. I see them currently at $140 from Amazon and $150 from BestBuy and Newegg.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Porta...F8&qid=1449282203&sr=1-1&keywords=seagate+4tb

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/seagate...lack/8915094.p?id=1219697997754&skuId=8915094

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178781
     
  5. Dec 4, 2015 #5 of 10
    kturcotte

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    Is there anyway to transfer my shows from the Roamio's hard drive directly onto the new hard drive and watch them on the Bolt (Not using streaming/MRV)?
     
  6. Dec 4, 2015 #6 of 10
    bgmncwj

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    No, shows are encrypted to the specific device. You'll either have to transfer them or use MRS.


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  7. Dec 4, 2015 #7 of 10
    kturcotte

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    Transfer them? Would I be able to go into the Bolt and have it "physically" transfer the shows over to the Bolt via ethernet?
     
  8. Dec 4, 2015 #8 of 10
    bgmncwj

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  9. Dec 4, 2015 #9 of 10
    kturcotte

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    I have Time Warner, which if I remember correctly, flags EVERYTHING as not copy, right?
     
  10. bgmncwj

    bgmncwj New Member

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    I'm stuck with TWC too, everything but OTA networks are marked as not copy for me but I remember hearing there's a few markets where that isn't the case. You can tell if you can stream a show using the app outside of your wifi network it it's copy freely or not.
     

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