What is TE3?

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  1. jilter

    jilter Not.

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    Just fired up my Tivos and I am waaaay behind.
    Can someone school me on the above please?
    Links are fine, thanks.
     
  2. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    I do not understand - you have 9,000 posts and have been a member since 2002, but you "Just fired up my Tivos"?
     
  3. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Isn't that the shorthand for the software/interface? TiVo Experience 3?
     
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  5. jilter

    jilter Not.

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    Sorry for the misleading post.
    Just Re-fired up my Tivos
     
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    jilter Not.

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  7. jcondon

    jcondon Well-Known Member

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    As hefe said it is the older Tivo Experience. Lots of people don't like the newer interface and recently they started pushing pre-roll ads to people on TE-4.

    I rolled my Bolt back to 3 the day I got it.

    If you are on Premiere or old equipment TE3 is the end of the line anyway.

    TiVo confirms its customers will soon see ads before DVR recordings
     
  8. JoeKustra

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    What model TiVo do you have?
     
  9. jilter

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    Roamio/ Roamio Plus
     
  10. jilter

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    Thank you for this link.
    I feel a tad caught up now.
    Looks to me like there is an inevitability to the ads.
    Although late to this revelation, I am highly disappointed.
     
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  12. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    You won't be screwed with the forced commercials if you leave your box on TE3. Alternatively, a TE4 user can call them and beg to have the nasty commercials stopped.
     
  13. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    As of some point last year with the pre-roll ads rollout, TiVo then unofficially noted in an official sort of way that it did not then have plans to bring the pre-roll ads to TE3. My guess is, it's the work that's involved, and TiVo's earlier decision to pretty much freeze TE3 as it is.
     
  14. Puppy76

    Puppy76 Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only person who doesn't care about the ads? I'd much sooner have an ad than have Tivo go under or whatever. They're skipable when they show up (and only 30 seconds per show max). but I always let them play.
     
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  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Part of the issue has seemed to be with the implementation: screen delays (which sound irritating), arrow screens, freezes/system reboots. I don't know if the issues have been fixed/gone away.
     
  16. Puppy76

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    I personally haven’t really had issues. The “arrow” screen pops up for like a second or two when I start a new show (not resume) and then sometimes plays an ad. It’s skipable though I let it run, and haven’t had it crash or anything.

    This is on a Bolt though....maybe it runs worse on a Romio. Obviously I’d not be pleased if it was crashing!

    hydra did wreck the signal strength meter, causing it to reboot my Tivo grr.
     
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  17. schatham

    schatham Well-Known Member

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    A lot of us did not like TE4 before the ads. The ads just pushed some who did not mind TE4 back to TE3.
     
  18. Puppy76

    Puppy76 Well-Known Member

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    I think Hydra is the first real downgrade to TiVo since I got one in 2004. It breaks stuff, displays stuff worse, needs more buttons on the remote for no good reason, etc.

    I wouldn't say I don't like it though, just that it's worse :-/

    I really don't get why they did it.
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    TE3 looks like this...

    upload_2020-2-2_11-20-40.jpeg

    TE4 (aka Hydra) looks like this....

    upload_2020-2-2_11-20-12.jpeg
     
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  20. jilter

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    Thank you Dan.
    So, does one request Hydra? Or is it forced?
     

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