Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Mobile, Alabama
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I am having a similar experience that another user reported with the Tivo Roamio. Bought it in Friday at BestBuy, got the cable card paired over telephone support at Mediacom, without any delay or glitches.
I must say the PQ is noticeably better than my HD prime set up through Mediacenter. And macroblocking/pixelization are virtually non-existant, even on problem locals like WKRG (It can't fix the network signal on some of the college games, but no hardware can). I would put the user experience as equal to Directv, but without on demand features. I seldom used those anyway.
Very pleased with the experience. I got the lowest priced Roamio, because I am not interested in the streaming features with the more expensive models, and when I get ready to archive a movie or a show, I dub it to networked drive for future use, so disk space is not a big issue for me. The cheapest Romio has as much disk space as my HR-24 did, but with two more tuners. Tuning is much faster with the Roamio than it was with Directv.
The only downside for me are the extra time involved to transfer the TiVo files to another hardrive and then edit out commercials with Videoredo. With files recorded using mediacenter, it is one step, rather than a two step process.
The only extra cost through Mediacom is the additional cable card which is billed at $1.99/month. Of course you still have to pay Tivo for the subscription. I got the lifetime subscription and extended the warranty to 3 years, as I do not want to pay the extra monthly fee.
at your service