Which TiVo plays nice with Cox Cable?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Just a J0e, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. Just a J0e

    Just a J0e Member

    Dec 6, 2002
    I'd like to purchase a TiVo unit to use with Cox Cable in Florida. I am not familiar with that cable company so I really don't know how well they work together. I was hoping for a recommendation for current models.
    I have been a TiVo user forever but am not familiar with any current models because mine have worked so well and I have had no reason to switch.
    I own a Series 4 with lifetime and rent a TiVo from Mediacom identified only as a PaceMG1.
    I also have a working but unused Series 2 and somewhere around here is a working Humax unit with the built in DVD burner. All of mine have lifetime subscriptions but I will not be moving those boxes to the Florida location.

    Anyway, any recommendations would be appreciated.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2020 at 10:08 AM
  2. mmmm_beer

    mmmm_beer New Member

    Apr 18, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    Just about any TiVo from Premiere and newer (Roamio, Bolt, Edge) will work mostly fine with Cox. The "mostly fine" really depends on which hardware Cox uses in that area. If it is Cisco equipment then "mostly fine" is about the best you will get if they use Motorola equipment it should work much better. It all has to do with the Tuning Adapter required. Cisco Tuning Adapters suck and require frequent rebooting to keep them tuning all the channels in. You almost get used to it. I personally use a Roamio Plus and it is fine. The newer ones (Bolt, Edge) are supposed to be faster but the only time I really complain about the speed is when loading things like Amazon Prime or Netflix which takes a minute or two to load.
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  3. Just a J0e

    Just a J0e Member

    Dec 6, 2002
    Thanks for the input.
    I have the same "load lag" with my Series 4. Still, if it weren't for the fact that I want the ability to view 4K I would just buy another "Premier S4 w/lifetime" off of Ebay.

    I'm reading the Bolt forums now and it looks like that model is giving people major headaches. :/
  4. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    I would stick with a Roamio or maybe an Edge. I have 2 Bolts that were warranty replacements for Roamios that had dead HDMI and Lan ports after a power surge. I went thru 5 Bolts last year as they seemed to fail every 4-5 months. They are just plugged in as OTA backups now, as I didn't really need them once I got rid of Cox TV back in February.

    As stated earlier, Tivo works just fine with Cox once you get the cable card and tuning adapter paired to your account. The motorola tuning adapters were trouble free on our Cox Oklahoma account. The Cisco/SA tuning adapter has to be rebooted once a month or so on our Cox Las Vegas account.
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  5. powrcow

    powrcow Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Just like others, I have a Cox with a Cisco tuning adapter. It works but need to be rebooted monthly or less. The reboots seem to coincide with Cox doing "something" (changing channel lineups, etc). I haven't needed a reboot since March I think.

    I have a Premiere. It works fine. The On Demand usually works on the first try, but I don't use it that often.
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  6. Just a J0e

    Just a J0e Member

    Dec 6, 2002
    I am starting to get the sense that picking up a used, lifetime/ Premiere 4 may be the way to go. I don't currently own a TV that has 4K and while that might be nice, (and maybe the way all TV are headed) it's not a deal breaker for me. Have to spend my limited "watching time", wrestle with my equipment to get it to work ... that is a deal breaker.
  7. dishrich

    dishrich Active Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    You'd actually be much better with a LT Roamio, either a cable-only one w/6 tuners, or a Roamio basic w/4 tuners. The advantage to a Roamio basic, is that it works on EITHER cable or OTA...so if you would decide to ditch cable, you could switch it to an OTA antenna. (assuming you can pull in OTA signals at your place)
    The Roamio is also much quicker than a Premier...assuming you use TE3. ;) It's so easy to install larger HDD's in these units; they use the easily available 3.5 ones & they are literally "drop-in & play"!

    I paid $465 for my 6-tuner Roamio back about 3 years ago & I didn't pay more than $275 for any of my 3 Roamio basics, all LT & worth every penny to me.
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