questionsanybody going right out and buying a tivo roamio?


Now, for the down sides:

Getting CableCard to work in anything is always a huge fight.

There are STILL SD menus in some places in the DVR. Really, Tivo? After all this time? Get with the program: all in HD please.

The Amazon client is not only in SD (wtf?) but also you can't stream Amazon Prime Videos. Supposedly this is going to be fixed soon, but it hasn't happened yet.

The real issue for me is price. The Roamio with a 3 TB drive (which aren't that big a deal anymore, a WD Green 3TB is $128 at Newegg today) is $600. Service is $14.99 a month, lifetime is $500, $400 if you already have a Tivo with lifetime: so that would be a cool $1000 for me. I'm not that excited about that prospect.


I'd like to get a tivo again but the service cost is absolutely ridiculous. When they decide to price the boxes competitively and provide free listings I'll get excited.

For now I'll stick with windows media center on my PC. It's not great on features, but it's hard to beat the price.


@samstag: I'm using my Series III. It's been paid for for years and since my recording needs are simple there is no reason to change. As long as you can get DVR's free from companies, Tivo needs to lower their prices.


@minkeygirl7: The DVR's from the cable companies aren't free: you pay a rental fee. These fees are typically about 15-20 bucks. The DVRs from the cable companies used to be god awful, but they have become much better. I have one right now from Xfinity, (the X-1) and it is actually pretty good. It doesn't stream Netflix, but it is a very solid DVR, albeit with limited storage.

The cost is 17 a month. If I got another Tivo to replace it, I would have to rent a cable card at $1.50 a month, so my net savings would be $15.50. The mid level new Tivo is $400, with lifetime service an additional $400, so $800 total. At this rate, it would take 51 months to pay for itself, assuming it lasted that long. The Tivo is a better product, still, but:
1) The cable company DVRs are getting better
2) There are no problems with warranty service. If it breaks, you bring it to the cable company office, and they give you a new one.
3) As new ones come out you can upgrade, usually for free.


I would consider buying a new Tivo if they would let me transfer service from my old box, maybe for a fee. But they don't, so the additional features and better performance of the new boxes are just not nearly worth the huge amount of $ they want.

Oh, and the other thing that really kills Tivo is that the boxes, for the most part, are very reliable. The only thing that breaks in them is the hard drive. Those can be replaced quite easily (and upgraded to more storage) for 150-200. So, if the Premier dies, I'll just stick a new HDD in it and I'll be fine.


I am not getting one until they start supporting Android devices better. We already have a series 3 with monthly service and a Premier XL4 with lifetime, both of which are using cable cards. Good Amazon support is a big deal for my girlfriend. She has things she watches on Amazon that you can't even buy anymore and she mainly watches them on her kindle fire hd.