Will Roamio get SkipMode?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by dvdvids, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL


    I assume you guys were both on the priority update list a while back. I fear that the reason I haven't gotten it yet is because I put my machine on the priority update list too late. :(
  2. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006
    my premiere wasn't on the list either, but I ended up adding it and it only to 2 days to get the update. Maybe put you TSN again couldn't hurt.
  3. danorum

    danorum Member

    Nov 25, 2015
    I have had the update for a while, but still no skip mode for me (in the Chicago suburbs). I am not sure how TiVo is deciding to add people, but I am not "on the list" yet.

    I did add both my TiVo's to the priority list about a week ago.

  4. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    If they don't give everyone SkipMode on the Roamios after all this, then it will be the biggest tease that TiVo has ever done.
  5. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003


    Specifically, this Facebook exchange (thanks!)...
    ajwees41: are all roamio's getting skipmode? there was a sale on roamios and said skipmmode coming on December 10th.

    TiVo: We are currently testing SkipMode on Roamios in two markets only (San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago). We have no word on if or when it will be pushed to additional markets. It's generally been our practice to roll out successful tests to larger areas - for example Comcast VOD was also first available in the Bay Area, and is now nationwide. So there's a possibility, but as we're still in testing we don't have final word yet.​

    So it's considered a "test" by TiVo. Hopefully this test rollout isn't just cover to lessen the heat associated with keeping the feature exclusive to the BOLT.
  6. geko29

    geko29 This space for rent

    Dec 13, 2000
    My Roamio Plus was on the priority list, and I got 20.5.6 around the end of November. That got me QuickMode immediately. SkipMode showed up about 4 days later.
  7. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2015
    Comparing the testing and rollout of SkipMode to that of Comcast VOD doesn't seem valid to me. With Comcast VOD, they were working with another company, specifically one with a differing patchwork of cable systems that they have aquired in various markets across the country. But SkipMode is TiVo's own creation. And unless TiVo has to employ people in each market across the country to mark the skip points (which I highly doubt and, even if they had to, are apparently already doing since SkipMode is available nationally on Bolt), the technology should work identically across all Roamios all across the country.

    I certainly do understand doing an initial beta test of SkipMode on Roamio with a select group of folks to work out the kinks on that hardware and limit the initial burder of tech support while that happens. But I don't really understand publicizing the beta test, even to the point of including it in your marketing efforts. I don't really see why beta testers would be defined geographically either, although I guess that's as good an arbitrary criteria as any other. I'll be shocked if TiVo doesn't roll out SkipMode to Roamios nationally by spring of next year at the latest. If they end up announcing that it's not coming to Roamios after testing in Chicago and SF, this will all have amounted to a very poor set of decisions on TiVo's part.
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I still can't quite figure out what exactly they're "testing" here. They know it works (mostly) nationwide because it's nationwide on the Bolt. I guess it could be a server load thing, but it's such a small amount of data I can't imagine it's a big burden. Maybe because all TiVos would be requesting it at the same time it could be an issue there, but they have so many other parts of the box that rely on a constant connection to the server you'd think they'd be geared up for that.
  9. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Bolts have different hardware than the Roamio...
  10. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006
    is there a huge enough difference in hardware from Roamio to the Bolt maybe the Roamio processor is not fast enough or that's why thwy are testing. Took wyhat seems forever to bring Amazon Prime streaming to the premiere.

    Is this another case of them anoucing something and for it to take forever to launch?
  11. keenanSR

    keenanSR Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    As a Roamio Pro owner in a test market, I haven't seen any issue with the function at all, it's worked perfectly. Hard to imagine they're testing user hardware.
  12. brianle8

    brianle8 New Member

    May 10, 2015
    Bellevue, WA
    Ditto, got QuickMode today, no SkipMode (I live near Seattle, not one of the test areas, nor did I sign up for any sort of priority list).

    LOVE QuickMode, at least for watching news-type shows --- maybe other stuff too (TBD). Great idea, and very much appreciate Tivo for putting this out for Roamio owners.
  13. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    You do realize that unless you deleted the message, you can go in and re-read it. It keeps a couple of messages saved..
  14. alanisrox69

    alanisrox69 New Member

    May 25, 2004
    Quickmode works on my Roamio Plus. I noticed that when using Quickmode you lose 5.1 audio, it downmixes it 2.0. Mehhhh
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    It has to switch to 2.0 pcm output for quick mode since the Tivo needs to decode the audio internally to be able to use quickmode
  16. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I woke up this morning and still no SkipMode. Forced a connection, and SkipMode magically appeared. Looks like it's going to be a merry Christmas after all! :)
  17. alanisrox69

    alanisrox69 New Member

    May 25, 2004
    Well, it can be done and still keep 5.1, they just didn't code it correctly. They don't even need a Dolby license, they can just output it as 5.1 LPCM. Hopefully they'll recode it soon and figure it out, can't be that difficult ;)
  18. RoamioJeff

    RoamioJeff Unregistered User

    May 8, 2014
    After SkipMode appeared, what was the indication you now had it?
  19. TivoQueensDad

    TivoQueensDad New Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Look at your "My Shows" for [SKIP]:

  20. modnar

    modnar Active Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    Arkansas, USA
    Exactly. I'm trying to figure out why the need for the rollout and why it's done geographically.

    That said, I think if they were not sure they would eventually roll this out across the US, they would have done this test in a more subtle way. They must be testing server load or customer support load of some kind.

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