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#21 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:31 PM

If I ever did leave DirecTV, I do think I'd have to go with a similar solution and go to the Roamio. I'd probably go with the local version of FIOS, FiOptics and I think they support CableCard.

 

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#22 OFFLINE   242424

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 01:56 PM

I would kill FatBob for FIOS 



#23 OFFLINE   Diana C

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:03 PM

With the ultimate package epix, showtime, cinemax, redzone channel are included but here in northern NJ (not sure where in NJ you are) they also throw in hbo & starz which is cool. 

 

I'm in northeastern Bergen County and the Ultimate package includes HBO and Cinemax.  These are also the only copy protected channels on FiOS and so are the only ones that require the CableCard to be paired with the DVR.  It also means that you can't download HBO content to TiVoDesktop, or download to a mobile device, or transfer them from one DVR to another.  You can, however, stream it to a PC or iPad, and watch it from a different TiVo than where it is recorded.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:39 PM

Diana,

 

I always enjoy reading your thoughtful posts.

 

You are making a good decision.

 

I too will switch once they install Google Fiber in my neiborhood (next 4-6 months).  I wish that a Roamio would work with Google TV.  I will be losing Genie Go and HBO Go capabilities.  Plus, I expect a bumpy ride w/ a brand new entrant to the pay tv business.

 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:13 PM

If I leave Directv I will go to OTA only.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:21 PM

I cant OTA -- i need my sports -- OTA sux big time in that area.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:24 PM

Had a question, I I bought a Roamio, and a Roamio Plus with 2 minis they can all interact correct?
Like a Directv Genie and HRS?


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#28 OFFLINE   Diana C

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:51 PM

Had a question, I I bought a Roamio, and a Roamio Plus with 2 minis they can all interact correct?
Like a Directv Genie and HRS?

Yes, the Roamio line is pretty much identical to the Genie (with the "program guide" tuner available to the user and the option of a 3TB drive out of the box). The Minis are pretty much the same as the DirecTV Cxx clients. All of them can interact with each other...the DVRs can interact with each other and the Minis can access all DVRs on the LAN. In fact, Roamios and Minis can also interact with the older TiVo Premieres.

Note: The base Roamio can receive OTA or digital cable, but not both at the same time. The Plus and Pro are digital cable only.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

Yes, the Roamio line is pretty much identical to the Genie (with the "program guide" tuner available to the user and the option of a 3TB drive out of the box). The Minis are pretty much the same as the DirecTV Cxx clients. All of them can interact with each other...the DVRs can interact with each other and the Minis can access all DVRs on the LAN. In fact, Roamios and Minis can also interact with the older TiVo Premieres.

Okay thanks.
So the minis will use any available tuner, not just one from a single designated Roamio?

Reason I'm asking, is I want to buy a 4 tuner Roamio and the 6 Tuner Plus, with 2 minis.
Just want to make sure they all work together.
I already got the prices.
And the monthly fees are going to be 14.99,12.99,5.99,5.99, plus 11.90 for 2 cable cards
$52 per month.
Basically same price per month as directv, except, cables base package is slightly cheaper and includes HD. Plus I can bundle my internet for a 30 dollar savings.
That's not including my first year's discounts either.
But I got to put out $600, but they will give me a big commercial discount if I give them my businesses.
Lots to think about.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:56 PM

No, Minis are associated with a particular DVR and will pull a tuner only from their assigned DVR. They can access recorded content from any DVR.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

No, Minis are associated with a particular DVR and will pull a tuner only from their assigned DVR. They can access recorded content from any DVR.

Okay that's alright though. With 10-12 tuners , depending what I choose , that better than a stand alone Genie.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:37 PM

Good luck Diana.

My thoughts from several months ago: http://forums.solids...mp-Observations

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:38 PM

While TiVO is a great platform, I can't see myself wasting over $1500 dollars for equipment that would be obsolete in a few years.  IN comparison, with DirecTV and some good "haggling" you can always have the latest and greatest for little or no cost.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:02 PM

Yes, we are very lucky...we have Cablevision's Optimum, Verizon Fios, DirecTV and Dish Network (although Dish is pretty dead in the NY area because of the regional sports issue) available to us.

 

The irony of this is my parents have Dish and have My9 with the SuperStations pack. So, with Dish outside the Yankees area - and you're grandfathered into having the SuperStations, you get more Yankees games than other providers. I used to have it too a long time ago and liked the extra sports on the SS pack. My mom likes CW and that gives her 3 of them. They will never switch to D* without INSP so I don't even try anymore!


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:14 PM

While TiVO is a great platform, I can't see myself wasting over $1500 dollars for equipment that would be obsolete in a few years. IN comparison, with DirecTV and some good "haggling" you can always have the latest and greatest for little or no cost.


Well, as part of this process, I added up what we had spent on our 2 HR-21s, 2 HR-24s, HR-34, 2 H25s, GenieGo and CCK. It added up to about $1500 which was just handed to DirecTV to get equipment they still own (talk about "wasted" money). We spent about $2,000 on the TiVo equipment which I now own, and can resell if I want to upgrade or switch to a provider that doesn't support TiVos. If you look at the resale value of the previous generation of TiVos versus their purchase price, units with lifetime service sell for between 75% and 90% of the original price. I figure that even if I can only recoup $1000, we'll be out of pocket no more than I am with DirecTV.
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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:22 PM

The irony of this is my parents have Dish and have My9 with the SuperStations pack. So, with Dish outside the Yankees area - and you're grandfathered into having the SuperStations, you get more Yankees games than other providers. I used to have it too a long time ago and liked the extra sports on the SS pack. My mom likes CW and that gives her 3 of them. They will never switch to D* without INSP so I don't even try anymore!


Sure, if you are outside the NY DMA, but if you are a New Yorker and even a moderate sports fan, Dish is a non-starter. Dish has basically abandoned the NY market. I haven't seen a new Dish install in my area in years (not that I've seen many new DirecTV dishes, but there have been a lot more than new Dish Network dishes).

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:29 PM

Good luck Diana.My thoughts from several months ago: http://forums.solids...mp-ObservationsAlso still with DirecTV.


Thanks! It was your review that really got us thinking about making the switch. We'll be keeping our DirecTV subscription going for a while too...we want to watch some of the programs we have recorded before we send the receivers back.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 10:05 PM

I am as well, after 17 years with DirecTV.

 

I wonder if it's something in the water, as after nearly 16 years with DIRECTV, I am close to the same decision, just haven't yet decided among Dish, U-Verse, or Comcast, but am leaning pretty heavily toward Dish at this point (essentially the same programming/DVR functionality at roughly half the cost during the intro period).

 

I must add, too, that as a relatively long-time shareholder of DTV stock, it is somewhat distressing to read these types of threads as I tend to invest in the non-monopolistic companies that I have determined, as a very discriminating consumer, are good enough for me to use, as I did DTV. Once, for whatever reason, such a firm no longer merits my patronage, it rarely, if ever, merits a continued place in my investment portfolio.

 

And, too, I've never been a particular Mike White fan (he's a food guy, not a tech guy---it matters), although I will give him credit for finally seeing the writing on the wall and getting the AT&T deal done.

 

Then again, maybe I'm missing something obvious on both ends (although Wall Street consensus appears to be saying I'm not). It wouldn't be the first time.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:14 AM

Okay thanks.
So the minis will use any available tuner, not just one from a single designated Roamio?

Reason I'm asking, is I want to buy a 4 tuner Roamio and the 6 Tuner Plus, with 2 minis.
Just want to make sure they all work together.
I already got the prices.
And the monthly fees are going to be 14.99,12.99,5.99,5.99, plus 11.90 for 2 cable cards
$52 per month.
Basically same price per month as directv, except, cables base package is slightly cheaper and includes HD. Plus I can bundle my internet for a 30 dollar savings.
That's not including my first year's discounts either.
But I got to put out $600, but they will give me a big commercial discount if I give them my businesses.
Lots to think about.


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If you go TiVo do anything you can to not pay monthly and get the lifetime service. Yes it adds a larger up front cost but long term savings and resell value will more than make up for that. You're talking $1200 in TiVo fees for 2 years. With the lifetime fees you're looking at about $1100 for your setup. While that is a significant investment it's just that an investment so spend the money wisely. You can always just get lifetime on the TiVo units to start and then do the mini's later as they do not qualify for multi discounts anyways on the lifetime.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 03:36 AM

What Joe said! ^^^^^

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