Which TiVo to get

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by rajdawg, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. replaytv

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    Probably not worth it to get a Premiere XL4 with lifetime for 4 or 5 hundred dollars, but if you could put up with 2 tuners you could get a HD TiVo for $200. Then resell it when you go back to the supplied DVR from the cable provider.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?mfe=...re+XL4+lifetime&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    No hacks required on Roamio, just drop in a blank drive and it upgrades automatically.
     
  3. lpwcomp

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    Unless you want to install a 4TB.
     
  4. unitron

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    If you're going to bail on it in a couple of years, check Craigslist for used units with lifetime subscriptions to the TiVo Service, which is needed for the TiVo to actually do almost anything. The official name for lifetime is Product Lifetime Service, and the System Info page in the menus will list it as Service Level 5.

    This will give it some resale value and save you paying for the service on a monthly basis, and keep you from being committed to paying for it for a year or 2, depending on model, if you were to buy new.

    Or you might find an unsubscribed used unit cheap.
     
  5. Dan203

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    Oh yeah, only up to 3TB is supported out of the box.
     
  6. ej42137

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    No, if there is another recording available it will take it. The exception is if the season pass is for new-only and the subsequent recording is more that a week later; then the subsequent recording isn't new any more and won't apply to the season pass. From the season pass entry you can get to a list of upcoming episodes of the program and see whether they will be recorded or not, and easily make changes to what will or will not be recorded.
     
  7. lpwcomp

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    You're wrong about what the TiVo will do if you explicitly cancel a recording of an episode. If you go into the "To Do List" and cancel a recording, it will not automatically record a subsequent showing of that episode.

    You're also wrong about what constitutes "NEW" for a "NEW only" SP. The scheduler treats it as new if the OAD is within 28 days of the showing date.
     
  8. rajdawg

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    Ended up buying just a regular 4 tuner roamio. Month to month

    If I wanted to upgrade the hard drive what type of drive do I need to buy?
     
  9. CoxInPHX

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  10. mattack

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    This was sort of answered, but I'll make it more clear.

    If you *CANCEL* the recording manually, then another showing will NOT be recorded.

    If you *instead* schedule another recording, which will cause that specific recording to be cancelled, then, if there's enough time, another recording will be found.

    Fortunately/unfortunately (I see both sides of this argument), the Tivo's UI is geared for simplicity, so the recording order is based upon the Season Pass list.. So if you have too many SPs, when you manually schedule another recording, you DO NOT GET to choose which one will be cancelled -- it will be the one with the lowest priority.

    So if you have 6 scheduled recordings already and schedule another, it might not be that specific show that is given in the "do you really want to do this?" alert.

    You can then go through extra work by doing View Upcoming to manually-ish schedule a later recording.
     
  11. ej42137

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    You are correct, sir. I was shooting from the hip, thanks for correcting me.
     
  12. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    This plus put real-time sports events near the top. Four tuners have been more than enough for me. I even occasionally record shows for friends. More frequently they request that I put a wishlist in for them to warn them about upcoming shows or topics.

    As far as price is concerned I paid $100 net for my Roamio Basic. Best Buy price matched the $149 price from Amazon but also had $50 gift card. I think this was around Thanksgiving time last year.
     
  13. Bigg

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    I have 3 roommates, and we were fine last winter with Sochi and then March Madness plus regular TV throughout the season with a 4-tuner XL4, but there were some times that required some rather extensive scheduling gymnastics to get everything in, including one time that I was recording 2 or 3 basketball games, and had to put a 5-minute gap in the middle of a lower priority one due to padding on another scheduled show.

    I always make sure to schedule sports recordings days in advance so that I have time to resolve conflicts. Usually there's enough stuff that's not very important or can be de-padded that it's not an issue. We rarely use all 4 tuners for more than a minute, although the other night we did.
     

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