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post #121 of 3363 Old 10-26-2014, 01:24 PM
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If anyone wants to buy a Roamio OTA Best Buy is listing them on Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TiVo-Roamio-...item4ade6e2695

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This is incorrect, an unsubbed Tivo can be used as a cablecard or OTA tuner (depending on model), including pause/rew/ff of up to 30 minutes of live TV. You will get nag screens on every channel change that the box is unsubbed, but it works.
I bought the Roamio OTA and played with it before getting a subscription and you cannot pause, record or do any DVR type of function without a subscription. It says something like "operation not allowed" when you try to press pause or replay or any other DVR function, even just pressing the play button on a live stream. If you try to go to the Guide, it has a big popup saying that you need a subscription and the only button you can push is "Select" and that takes you to the settings.
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So you can watch live TV with no trickplay? That must be new for the Roamios.
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If anyone wants to buy a Roamio OTA Best Buy is listing them on Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TiVo-Roamio-...item4ade6e2695
Why not just go to the BestBuy store? The Ebay sale only lists the stores that have them in stock for pickup anyway.

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Why not just go to the BestBuy store? The Ebay sale only lists the stores that have them in stock for pickup anyway.
I wondered about that myself. Why would you buy it on ebay for the same price you can get it direct from the BestBuy site. Since the price is over $35 you get free shipping if it is not in stock at a local BB. My guess is that it is for people who only live on ebay and have no direct knowledge of the outside world and real prices.

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Will never buy another Tivo product again. I hope they go out of business. Bought an OTA unit, tried several different antennas including a $150 one in the attic, still can't get Fox. Fox works fine through Samsung TV or Homeworx. Decided to just use Homeworx+Xbox One and eat the $50 cost of the Tivo OTA. Went to cancel the Tivo service, oh great now I have to pay a $75 early termination fee. Unbelievable.

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Will never buy another Tivo product again. I hope they go out of business. Bought an OTA unit, tried several different antennas including a $150 one in the attic, still can't get Fox. Fox works fine through Samsung TV or Homeworx. Decided to just use Homeworx+Xbox One and eat the $50 cost of the Tivo OTA. Went to cancel the Tivo service, oh great now I have to pay a $75 early termination fee. Unbelievable.
you have thirty days. Did you check everything before thirty days were up? If not then don't blame TiVo for your procrastination.

You can get your money back for the TiVo and TiVo service within thirty days. If you waited longer than that then only you are to blame for the ETF. If it was under thirty days then I can understand the hostility.

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Will never buy another Tivo product again. I hope they go out of business. Bought an OTA unit, tried several different antennas including a $150 one in the attic, still can't get Fox. Fox works fine through Samsung TV or Homeworx. Decided to just use Homeworx+Xbox One and eat the $50 cost of the Tivo OTA. Went to cancel the Tivo service, oh great now I have to pay a $75 early termination fee. Unbelievable.
Hey, if your reception is spotty, don't blame the TIVO. The OTA version is solid. I do not like the pricing though and after the first year, will definitely ditch it.
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I have had mine since September and it is flawless. No tuner issues. I would assume it has more to do with your location than anything else, unless the HW is bad.

How does this year commitment work with the OTA? When I bought it from BestBuy in September they didn't make me sign up for the year commitment. Wonder if I got it so early that they didn't have the process? I actually considered buying 2 at $50 each and using one as a backup in case anything happened to the primary one.

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I have had mine since September and it is flawless. No tuner issues. I would assume it has more to do with your location than anything else, unless the HW is bad.

How does this year commitment work with the OTA? When I bought it from BestBuy in September they didn't make me sign up for the year commitment. Wonder if I got it so early that they didn't have the process? I actually considered buying 2 at $50 each and using one as a backup in case anything happened to the primary one.

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When I went to activate it, it listed the monthly fee and said there was a 1 year commitment. As the other poster mentioned, there is an early termination fee for cutting early. You most certainly can buy the unit without a service plan though but I doubt it would have much value.
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Tivo Roamio OTA now $299.99 with lifetime service. Great Deal.

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Will I be able to convert my current $15/month subscription to lifetime?

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Will I be able to convert my current $15/month subscription to lifetime?

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Yes. For only $300.

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Yeh, I figured that out. I chatted with Tivo support and they said you can't upgrade existing OTA service.

I have 4 months left on mycontract. I could buy the new deal and finish out my 4 months. Either way $180 (1st year) + $299 is still pretty steep. Though the lifetime subscription unit would have resale value. My $50 OTA will have $0 value at the end of my 12 mos.

I keep telling myself that someone is going to hit an inexpensive homerun in the area in the next couple of years and I will probably switch anyway. Though with the exception of my Tivo Mini losing forgetting the Netflix password all of the time I am very happy with my OTA+Mini+Stream.



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Either way $180 (1st year) + $299 is still pretty steep.
Not "steep" -- "cheap".
This is a TiVo Roamio.

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Dude, you are looking at it. $300 for a Roamio OTA + lifetime is an outrageously good deal. One could only dream of this offer -- a Roamio OTA for $50 plus $250 for OTA lifetime service. I guess TiVo woke up to what Channel Master was trying to do with the DVR+ and decided to make a big play for the OTA users -- and bury the competition in the process.

I'm going to vet the offer tonight when I have time and if it is what it seems I'll order it tonight to replace my old TiVo HD and keep my Roamio Basic company on the network.
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I added a 3TB hdd to my current Tivo OTA. Assuming I get the Tivo OTA with lifetime subscription, what are the chances I could bring the HDD over and it just work? I have alot of saved content.

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Would be even better if I could buy the OTA with lifetime subscription and associate its license with my current OTA after my year subscription is up.

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Yeh, I figured that out. I chatted with Tivo support and they said you can't upgrade existing OTA service.

I have 4 months left on mycontract. I could buy the new deal and finish out my 4 months. Either way $180 (1st year) + $299 is still pretty steep. Though the lifetime subscription unit would have resale value. My $50 OTA will have $0 value at the end of my 12 mos.
I'm in the same boat, and I was told the same thing by TiVo this morning. I'm still hoping they offer a lifetime upgrade for the OTA at some type of discount, but I'm not sure it will happen.

I'm running the math now, and I still might pop for one of these. My total investment would be $530 ($230 for my current box with 1 year service, $300 for new box). In the end I have a box with lifetime and a second deactivated box that might some day be eligible for a discounted lifetime upgrade.
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I added a 3TB hdd to my current Tivo OTA. Assuming I get the Tivo OTA with lifetime subscription, what are the chances I could bring the HDD over and it just work? I have alot of saved content.
I think the HDD's are keyed to the unit that formats them. Just use kmttg on your PC to transfer the recordings from the current OTA and than send them back over the line to the new one when you replace the HDD.

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I wish I had held out for this deal. I guess I didn't do too bad though with my total Tivo cost is $450 for base Roamio with lifetime, $89 x 2 for two Mini's so $628 for everything. But If I could have swapped the base Roamio for the OTA model with this pricing now that would have been sweet! Anyone not jumping at $299 for the OTA model with lifetime is a fool....
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Just for fun, I tried the PLSR promo code for the $300 Roamio OTA, plus $150 Tivo Mini. It's invalid!
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They have been having a problem all day with people using the wrong link. You need to use:
https://www.tivo.com/TLP4

The https is the key. Without it you can't add to the cart.

After they told me that bit of info, the order process went quickly and smoothly.
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Everyone here seems to know the the Tivo OTA. This new offer sounds interesting
I use a DVR+ with WI-FI to update the guide, and also a DTVPAL DVR - minimal guide.
Will this new OTA TIVO offer do the same (guide update by wi-fi) and support streaming (netflix etc) via WI-FI?
And is the WI-FI built in ( the DVR+ has a flakey dongle that is plugged in via USB).
I know I can not use it for other rooms without a hard wire connection - that is for a later question.
I did go thru this forum - nothing covered these basic questions.
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Everyone here seems to know the the Tivo OTA. This new offer sounds interesting
I use a DVR+ with WI-FI to update the guide, and also a DTVPAL DVR - minimal guide.
Will this new OTA TIVO offer do the same (guide update by wi-fi) and support streaming (netflix etc) via WI-FI?
And is the WI-FI built in ( the DVR+ has a flakey dongle that is plugged in via USB).
I know I can not use it for other rooms without a hard wire connection - that is for a later question.
I did go thru this forum - nothing covered these basic questions.
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yes to all. guide via wifi, netflix, pandora etc via wifi and yes wifi is built in, no dongle needed.
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I ordered mine. I couldn't pass up a deal like this.

I'm still using my DTVPal DVR that I preordered and received on Christmas Eve 2008. Very grateful for the service it provided me all of these years.

Now my first TiVo device. Super exited!
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Done, ordered, as also was a larger WD drive for it from Amazon! Seeing I was already considering buying another basic w/lifetime anyway just for OTA. This offer was something I just could not pass up at only $299.00, talk about perfect timing!
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So, is this the new, regular price or is this a promotion for a limited time? If it is a new, regular price, it will certainly bring down the price of the used ones on Ebay. With some good sales during Christmas, may be the Tivo Roamio OTA with drop to around $249.00! Will the CM unit have to drop a bit in price to compete?
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Will the CM unit have to drop a bit in price to compete?
I would say more than a bit. The Roamio feature set goes way beyond the mid-range feature set of the DVR+ -- the two really don't compete. The DVR+ with external HDD comes in at about $310 and was a good choice for OTA people who didn't want to spend the $550 for a Roamio Basic/lifetime. To retain their niche among the price conscious, the DVR+ with ext HDD will have to come in under $200. Even so, with a $300 4-tuner TiVo on the table I'm willing to bet a lot of potential buyers won't even consider the DVR+.

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