Will Roamio get SkipMode?

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

  1. BBHughes

    BBHughes Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Nothing this morning on my Roamio Basic. I hope to get it soon, definitely a feature I would love to have.
  2. mickinct

    mickinct Member

    Sep 14, 2015
    still waiting in CT
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    I wonder, since this is how it works:
    • A dedicated team of TV-watchers, who are watching each
    show live as it airs, note where programming resumes after
    commercial breaks in popular programs. This information is
    communicated by the TiVo Service to TiVo subscribers who
    have recorded these programs.
    • Yes! The actual recorded show is never altered, and the
    commercials remain in the recording -- you can rewind and
    watch them at your convenience.

    So does this mean my boxes will be calling home more often? Or they will do it only when needed? Or will the mystery VCM connection do some of the work? I guess I could have started a new thread, but this one is close enough and, since I don't have it yet, I can't post any observations. The day is half over for me. What will tomorrow bring? :confused:
  4. Jed1

    Jed1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Frackville, PA.
    Well both of my Roamios did their service connection and no skip mode. My bedroom unit will connect at 5:25AM Thursday and my living room unit will connect at 1:11PM Thursday. So it is obvious that I am not getting skip mode by the February 24th deadline set by TiVo.

    Now how do I know there is a definitive deadline? It is because TiVo officially posted it on its own website:
    It specifically states "WILL BE COMPLETE BY FEBRUARY 24TH 2016". It does not state almost or hopefully complete.
    Also note the bold title "NOW AVAILABLE ON ROAMIO!" This is TiVo generating a buzz and excitement for a feature coming to us Roamio owners. It is kind of hard to be excited when you do not get the feature in the promised time frame.
    It is also annoying to get told to chill out from members who already got this feature, especially from those who have had since December.

    You can ask c133roamioerrors about this as he was in the San Francisco test market and he did not receive the skip mode update on his Roamio Pro.
    Here is his tribulations of trying to get this feature. Please read his whole journey.
    Take note to the names of the forum members who were responding to him as it is some of the same members who like to post snarky comments in this thread.
    Here is a post by c133 after talking to Support:
    Here is a post by c133 as he is becoming disenfranchised after all the advise and interrogation by forum members did not help at all:
    Here is a post by c133 on February 18th after being notified by TiVo about the roll out of skip mode:

    Like I said in a previous post I really don't understand why anybody tries to toe the TiVo line when posting to members who are having problems with TiVo. Nobody here has any power to change these members outcome as is plain to see with c133roamio errors. Even TiVo Support did not change his outcome.
    I found out this myself with the problem I had with my TiVos. It seems when some members can't solve a members issue they then feel the need to then attack that member for some odd reason.
    I can attest that TiVo Support has very little power to fix any of these issues as a lot of this lies with engineering at corporate headquarters. TiVo Support also becomes very abusive to owners when their silly ideas don't work either.

    The bottom line to this debacle is TiVo once again could not meet a simple deadline that they set themselves to roll out a feature. They even took upon themselves to advertise this feature and the completion date of the roll out. It is also questionable of how they decided to roll out this feature. It is also irrelevant if this feature was not originally on the Roamios when they were released.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016
  5. elborak

    elborak Jack of Some Trades

    Jul 15, 2014
    Western PA...
    If you characterize TiVo possibly delivering a free feature a bit late as a "debacle", it's clear you're way too emotionally invested to debate with in a rational fashion.
  6. bricketh

    bricketh Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    The official website still shows 2/24 as the completion date, so we'll see. I'm excited to get it and try it, but won't be the end of the world if it doesn't hit today...


    From the site:

  7. NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    You know you can force a call. It may still come today. you're not tied into when the Tivo schedules their call. And if it comes tomorrow I think we'll all be just fine. As long as we're dealing with a days delay and not weeks or months I have no concerns.
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Just a comment, no special knowledge.

    If you don't have SkipMode and you have forced a connection and rebooted, check and make sure you have the most recent software version which I believe is 20.5.6 RC 21. If you have the current software version I would wait a day or 2 before calling TiVo support to see what happens. If you don't have the current software version you are likely going to have to call support to get it straightened out.
  9. skaggs

    skaggs AlbanyHDTV

    Feb 13, 2003
    Albany, NY
  10. elborak

    elborak Jack of Some Trades

    Jul 15, 2014
    Western PA...
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    They use the same connection to download SKipMode data as they use to update the bar along the top and for search. It's a JSON based protocol called RPC.
  12. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    For years now, TiVos have maintained a constant connection to TiVo's servers. For this feature, it seems it does a refresh of the data every time you open My Shows.
  13. NJChris

    NJChris Kermie Loves Elmo TCF Club

    May 11, 2001
    I was at my mom's for lunch today. We watched a show using skip mode on her Basic Roamio. Love it.

    Mine at home doesn't have it yet (Plus).


  14. Balzer

    Balzer Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Sioux Falls, SD
    As of this morning, still no Skip Mode on my Roamio Plus or Basic.

  15. abovethesink

    abovethesink Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    When I get this on my Roamio Basic, will it be retroactive for shows I have already recorded or only apply to ones I record there on out?
  16. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

    Sep 24, 2004
    Others have reported it being retroactively applied to eligible shows.
  17. NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Other than that one report from Bradleys upthread there hasn't been a report of a Plus upgraded with Skip Mode. I'm thinking that they just haven't updated the Plus models yet for whatever reason. No idea why Bradleys got his Plus upgraded but he also got the Plex app a few days before anyone else so he may have something special about his box.
  18. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    It will apply to any show which has gotten skip data since the Bolt was released. Although it takes a bit of time for all of them to update.
  19. JohnS-MI

    JohnS-MI Active Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    SE MI
    Got my SkipMode on my Basic some time last night, email in my inbox this AM. Four shows I recorded last night all had skip icons. I thought I would like it but I LOVE it! Great feature. Thank you Tivo.

    (It makes the $15/month for guide seem a lot more reasonable)
  20. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I do not disagreeing with you, the vast majority of people who don't have SkipMode yet don't have it because TiVo hasn't enabled it for their Roamio yet. However there will be some with other issues, a reboot might clean up those issues and if your unit doesn't have the latest software you also know something else is up.

Share This Page