Which tivo has been the most reliable

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mcf57, Jan 31, 2021.


Which tivo has been the most reliable?

This poll will close on Dec 3, 2022 at 3:32 AM.
  1. Series 1 (original)

    6 vote(s)
  2. Series 2

    1 vote(s)
  3. Series 3

    6 vote(s)
  4. Series 4 premiere

    8 vote(s)
  5. Series 5 roamio

    39 vote(s)
  6. Series 6 bolt

    5 vote(s)
  7. Series 7 edge

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mcf57

    mcf57 Member

    Oct 19, 2012


    I have had series2, series 3, premiere and my current roamios. Just wondering what others think was the most reliable tivo over the last 20+ yrs (poll above)
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  2. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    Every TiVo I've owned has worked for at least 7, some for 14 years. I can't complain about any of them.
  3. wizwor

    wizwor Guest

    Dec 17, 2013
    I've only ever owned Roamio/OTAs. I have five. Three are nearly six years old, one is more than four years old, and one is more than three years old. All work fine. I didn't vote because I cannot compare this model to the others as I have owned no other model.
  4. sakaike

    sakaike Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    I have been lucky. I have owned every model TiVo since the Series 1 through the Roamio. That also includes the old Philips unit with the DVD burner and DirecTiVos as well. None of them ever died on me during ownership. I never had to repair anything on any of my models, although I did HDD capacity upgrades on my TiVo HD and Premieres. I was able to sell all of them on eBay over the years to help subsidize upgrades. All of them were on lifetime plans ever since they started offering them (Series 3?).

    I've been on my Roamio Pro on TE3 since 2014 and it's still going strong. For a variety of reasons, I have no desire to get a Bolt or Edge. If this one ever dies in a way I can't repair, I'll be looking at either getting a refurb replacement or using it as an excuse to cut the cord.
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  5. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

    Dec 20, 2012
    Mankato, MN


    I've owned a few in my time (not as many as some of you have) but all have been reliable

    Series 3 OLED...LOVED that machine since I could see what was being recorded.
    Series 3 HD...still use it so yeah its reliable ;)
    Premiere (had 2 of them...sold one and have one in closet..picked them both up for $20 total from goodwill and they both had lifetime on them. Upgraded one hard drive from 320gb to 500gb)
    Roamio...lets see owned 3 of them. Bought the Roamio OTA the first day they came out (this is when the basic was $200 and the OTA was $50). Used that for over a year until I needed one for cable. Tivo upgraded me to a Roamio basic for $100 that I used until they came out with the Roamio OTA + lifetime for $200. Have used that for over 4 years now in 3 different areas and added the cable card option so could use it with cable at last location I lived at. Other than upgrading it from a 500gb to a 2TB drive and switched remotes no issues
  6. gigaquad

    gigaquad Tivo Image Master

    Oct 25, 2004
    Roamios seem pretty reliable. I have only had hard drives crash and the usual HDMI blowout due to electrical storms etc. Much easier than formatting disks with special commands and replacing power supplies of the Series 2s, though those were probably my favorite.I still have every series 2 hard disk clone on a drive somewhere for repairs haha.
  7. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Active Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Jupiter, FL
    Overwhelmingly the Roamio.
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  8. Bruce24

    Bruce24 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    I have had the following Tivo's over 20ish years...two Series 2's, a Tivo HD, a Premiere Elite and two Bolts. I have had some failed drives, but none of the boxes themselves ever failed, so I have found the hardware reliable. If only I could say the same about the current guide data.
  9. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    There was a batch of basic Roamio boxes sent out as part of BF day a few years ago. The fan became defective in about six weeks. Simple fan change and problem gone. I have a 500GB Premiere that still works.
  10. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    The s3 model HD was really solid, but it suffered from the problem of many electronics of the time with the faulty capacitors, which sometimes compounded by causing hard drive corruption. All the s1's (all labels) were great but had a pretty short useful life in terms of capability.

    Roamios had a couple of small bad production runs but overall probably had the best track record of dependability.
  11. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    I would disagree... my S1 (original Phillips), with an upgraded HD installed very early on, ran for about 14 years. I did have to make use of a digital to analog converter that Comcast provided, and had to use the infrared dongle that came with the TiVo to control the cable box.
  12. bobfrank

    bobfrank Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    There should be an "All of the above" choice. I've had all models of the Tivo with the exceptions of the Premiere, the Edge, the Direct Tivo and the one with the DVD burner in it. I've had two hard drives fail (including one in a Bolt, known problem). Otherwise I've never had a Tivo to fail. The only reason to buy a new Tivo was additional features.
  13. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    I said the s1 was "great" in terms of dependability, just saying for most people (not including you and some others) its period of relevant capability was somewhat short.
  14. powrcow

    powrcow Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    I've only owned three TiVos and the only reason I updated was to get some kind of new feature that was not widely available at the time of release.
    Upgraded a Series 2 to a TiVo HD to get HD, upgraded a TiVo HD to a Premiere to be able to use a Mini.

    In my experience, it's the only piece of technology that has lasted longer than I expected.
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  15. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    Exactly the same for me... I bought my S1 in 99, upgraded around 2006, when the first HD model (S3 OLED) came out, and then in 2013 when the Roamio, with 6 tuners and paired with a mini came out.
  16. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    How many people have owned multiple Tivos and not just Romaios ? This poll could be skewed.
  17. Hockey9

    Hockey9 Frozen Tivo

    Jan 21, 2002
    My tivo experience started with the DSR-6000 Directivo and I have crossed paths with every Series Tivo since then. Other than upgrading hard drives and a brother in-law experiencing a bad power supply on a Premiere, they have been rock solid. I recently cut the cord from Comcast Double Play and was looking for a Tivo Edge OTA since my Roamio Lifetime OTA was showing it’s age. The TC recommendations of using a WD Red Drive brought it back to life. I stayed with the 3TB so as to not have to perform advanced formatting. Being tech support for friends and family, the complaint I have heard most is roamio fan noise. So far, Roamio gets my vote on repairability and performance.
  18. Joe3

    Joe3 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Boston MA
    I just like to add, Series 3 was to me the most fun to use and it’s reliability was fair. At least it worked out of the box
  19. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    The Series 3 has documented capacitor issues and I think some of the Series 2s do also.

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