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TiVo Roamio Plus - $350 - Costco B&M Only, YMMV

chico3440 93 February 10, 2014 at 02:09 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (4) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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I was just in Costco in Greenville, SC and saw there was a stack of Tivo Roamio Plus DVRs for $50 off. Not a great deal, but might be useful for those who are looking to make the purchase.

I did not see any of the basic Roamio or the Pro versions at all, only the Plus. I forgot my phone in the car so no picture Frown

As always, this is for the hardware only and still requires a subscription whether it be monthly or lifetime.

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Wish we had a rep +3 option, repped!

Thanks for the useful info and link.
Don't worry, you need 50 posts before your rep counts as more than 0 anyways Smilie It took me almost 5 years to realize that so I had to go on a post spree to actually be able to rep people!
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fwiw, the base TiVo Roamio will work with but does not require cable/fios. For cord cutters, just plug in an antennae and record up to 4 shows simultaneously over-the-air (OTA).
Even better, it's trivial to upgrade the hard drive on the Roamios. I took a base model and dropped in a 3BT AV hard drive. It now has the same storage capacity as the high end model.

The OS is on a flash drive. The hard drive is used only for data storage. So, all you have to do is drop in a new drive, and the OS takes it from there. The only special equipment you need is one or two of those Torx (star) screwdrivers. (T-9 and T-8 for the base model one I did.)
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Can anyone else confirm this is 100% accurate based on their personal experiences?

A few months ago I visited our local Comcast office asked them for a cablecard which handed to me, only took a few minutes, costs $1/mo on top of our other cablecard already installed in the TiVo HD. My original intention was to use it in an HTPC, if I were to buy a new TiVo Roamio and use the same cablecard would it require a Comcast technician visit our house or not?

Thanks!
I just got a tivo roamio and have comcast. The poster is right; no tech is necessary. However, once you pick up a cable card, you will likely have an hour call with comcast to set up. Between being on hold to waiting for them to do things on their end, it takes a while. But once it's set up, it's all gravy.

One downside though, I lost comcast on demand. Comcast does not extend its on demand service to tivo users unless you are in particular markets. If on demand is important to you, check to see if your area offers it to tivo users. I do miss it, but the tivo makes up for it because I simply record everything. The hard drive is huge compared to my old scientific Atlanta 8300hd.
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I just got a tivo roamio and have comcast. The poster is right; no tech is necessary. However, once you pick up a cable card, you will likely have an hour call with comcast to set up. Between being on hold to waiting for them to do things on their end, it takes a while. But once it's set up, it's all gravy.
First of all thank you for the update. While I don't look forward to a 1+ hour call, it's better than scheduling an appointment, having them visit, miss the appointment, be late or forget to bring certain tools with them ... besides that's what the speaker phone and mute button are for, I'll watch some Olympics coverage while they transfer me half around around the world until I get a tech who has a clue.

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One downside though, I lost comcast on demand. Comcast does not extend its on demand service to tivo users unless you are in particular markets. If on demand is important to you, check to see if your area offers it to tivo users. I do miss it, but the tivo makes up for it because I simply record everything. The hard drive is huge compared to my old scientific Atlanta 8300hd.
Fortunately I am in a market which offers on demand, I wonder functionality wise how it compares to my current dogged slow $14.95/mo Comcast DVR? If the Roamio Plus/Pro ever drop I'll buy one and find out.

Do you have any previous TiVo's you can compare this experience against? TiVo 2, HD, Premiere? According to the rave reviews and YouTube videos it's a night and day difference, is that what you're seeing? How are the menus/scheduling, etc.?

Thanks again Big Grin
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Quote from ironstatic View Post :
I just got a tivo roamio and have comcast. The poster is right; no tech is necessary. However, once you pick up a cable card, you will likely have an hour call with comcast to set up. Between being on hold to waiting for them to do things on their end, it takes a while. But once it's set up, it's all gravy.

One downside though, I lost comcast on demand. Comcast does not extend its on demand service to tivo users unless you are in particular markets. If on demand is important to you, check to see if your area offers it to tivo users. I do miss it, but the tivo makes up for it because I simply record everything. The hard drive is huge compared to my old scientific Atlanta 8300hd.
No On-Demand access is a deal killer to me. There are so many times I want to watch a new show that I didn't think to record, that they have On Demand.
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No On-Demand access is a deal killer to me. There are so many times I want to watch a new show that I didn't think to record, that they have On Demand.
Yeah, I knew going in that I would lose it and seriously thought about sticking with comcast. However, this new trend of disabling fast forward has soured me on on demand. And since I have the hard drive space to season pass everything, it almost makes up for not having on demand. Almost.
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First of all thank you for the update. While I don't look forward to a 1+ hour call, it's better than scheduling an appointment, having them visit, miss the appointment, be late or forget to bring certain tools with them ... besides that's what the speaker phone and mute button are for, I'll watch some Olympics coverage while they transfer me half around around the world until I get a tech who has a clue.



Fortunately I am in a market which offers on demand, I wonder functionality wise how it compares to my current dogged slow $14.95/mo Comcast DVR? If the Roamio Plus/Pro ever drop I'll buy one and find out.

Do you have any previous TiVo's you can compare this experience against? TiVo 2, HD, Premiere? According to the rave reviews and YouTube videos it's a night and day difference, is that what you're seeing? How are the menus/scheduling, etc.?

Thanks again Big Grin
I actually bought the roamio base model for $150 plus $50 BB GC. Thanks SD! I bought the moca adapter and now added a tivo mini for the kids. Because the mini takes up one tuner, I may outgrow the base model now that I'm left with 3 tuners.

Tivo has nearly perfected the DVR with this roamio model , as compared to its older models. I had the premiere and the roamio is superior. I love the cleanness of the menus and scheduling is great. I love built in Netflix app, but hate that amazon prime is not included. Only the amazon video store. Roamio is great and the menus are much more intuitive. It's a no brainer if you can still get on demand. I do not miss having to go through a 1000 submenus to find something.
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Wish the monthly fees were cheaper.
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I've had up to 3 Comcast cablecards connected to TiVo's at my house and I've don't recall being on the line for more than 10 minutes to activate any of them.

Tuners are dynamically allocated for each Mini so a Mini only takes up a tuner if it's watching live TV. Otherwise, tuners are free'd for use by the Roamio.

I personally would never buy a TiVo and pay monthly but that's me. On the low end, think of the base Roamio as costing $550 with no recurring costs ($150 + $399 lifetime) ... this gives you a new, low profile, 4 tuner unit that's powerful enough to stream shows to multiple Mini extenders at the same time.
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Good deal, +1. Reminder to those of you in the back of beyond, if you're serviced by Cable One you can lease a tivo box (The Q) for roughly the cost of the monthly tivo subscription and if it breaks they'll replace it.

For everyone else, get a tivo. Or if you don't need the user friendliness get a cablecard compatible 4+ tuner PCIe card and have fun Smilie
Hmmm, $700-800 for Tivo, or better and significantly less expensive solution? I'd like better and significantly less expensive. Thank you
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Got a TiVo Roamio when they first came out last year. No problems at all, great unit, snappy user interface, no guide errors or problems, no duplicate recordings. Got one of the TiVo Streams when BBY had them on sale for $65 or so and use that for a couple of Apple devices.

The TiVo setup has been flawless. Everyone in the house likes it and uses it, including DVR capabilities.

Prior to the Roamio, had the HTPC (still have it and use it occasionally).

TiVo gets the day to day use by the family. Smiles in the family and no complaints are worth the 50 cents a day subscription.

I like the TiVo Guide better than the HTPC/WMC Guide (also better than the Comcast Guide).
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Yeah, I knew going in that I would lose it and seriously thought about sticking with comcast. However, this new trend of disabling fast forward has soured me on on demand. And since I have the hard drive space to season pass everything, it almost makes up for not having on demand. Almost.
I have a chromecast and use Hulu plus and HBO-Go for most of my on demand needs.
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Just to update this post, they are still marked down to $349.99, however as one poster commented I chatted with ABT tonight and they were more than happy to offer the $339 shipped deal.

I spoke with Blake and stated that I found it on sale at Costco but found a post on slickdeals.net stating that someone had got the deal even though the sale was over. He sent me a number to call and finalized the deal over the phone. I also picked up a mini for $88.50.

Probably the easiest sale is my life, was waiting to get hassled for warranties or accessories but nothing. Very impressed.
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Not directly related - but maybe worth some discussion.

When I bought my Roamio 4 tuner, I called to cancel my 2 tuner premiere month to month.
They offered me a $ 199 lifetime on my 14 month old unit. I took the bait. In November, when my contract is up, I'll probably cancel service on my 4 tuner TIVO Roamio. Don't need 2, and free is better (my TIVO premiere with lifetime). Never had a problem with the premiere. If I get offered a similar deal, I'll probably bite. Doubt they will. Not on a Roamio.



Quote from chico3440 View Post :
I was just in Costco in Greenville, SC and saw there was a stack of Tivo Roamio Plus DVRs for $50 off. Not a great deal, but might be useful for those who are looking to make the purchase.

I did not see any of the basic Roamio or the Pro versions at all, only the Plus. I forgot my phone in the car so no picture Frown

As always, this is for the hardware only and still requires a subscription whether it be monthly or lifetime.
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