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Promoted 10-04-2015 by slickdewmaster at 09:06 AM View Original Post
Amazon has TiVo Roamio OTA HD DVR w/ Lifetime Device Subscription for $299.99. Shipping is free. Thanks waterchange

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  • This price matches a popular +154 Frontpage deal from August.
  • Lifetime service is good for the duration of the DVR, additional fees may apply for transferring service when replacing the DVR box. Refer to the forum thread for additional discussion on each DVR unit. -johnny_miller

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Edited October 6, 2015 at 07:01 AM by wuzzy
Not sure how long this will last but the TiVo Roamio OTA including product lifetime service is $299.99 at Amazon.com. Prime shipping available; says free one-day. OTA = over the air or antenna only.

http://www.amazon.com/TiVo-Roamio...B0148ZRFVO

Previous FP deal from this summer:

http://slickdeals.net/f/7839025-tivo-roamio-ota-w-lifetime-299-tivo-free-shipping
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Last Edited by rodge October 5, 2015 at 01:23 PM
This Is OTA only, meaning it will require an antenna. You can use a website like TVFool (http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?o...&Itemid=29) to check and see if you can get channels at your location. The ease of getting channels could vary from a simple TV top antenna, to a roof or antenna mounted TV or some more herculean effort to pull in a signal. It WILL NOT WORK with cable (or cable card) or satellite.

OTA is genearlly 720p or 1080i. It is generally considered to be less heavily compressed than cable or satellite, but does also use older MPEG2 compression. The result is that a single hour of TV can take 8GB or more of hard disk space. As it compares to 4K, that depends on your TV size and the distance you are sitting from the TV (http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html).

Computers should be able to easily play the MPEG2 files that can be exported (i believe with additional software). However, most mobile/tablet devices don't support hardware decoding of MPEG 2, and as a result may need to have the files re-encoded for smooth playback. The likely target will use h.264 which will also greatly reduce the file sizes.

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Can anyone confirm if all OTA channels/programs will stream fine through Slingbox 500 paired with this?
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Note that several Amazon buyers report the same problem:

Great product, painful registration process for this particular deal
By kirkb on September 14, 2015
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This is a great deal and I love what TiVo is doing with this OTA DVR and One Pass, but you should be aware that this particular deal ($299 for the box and lifetime access) has one major problem. These TiVo boxes are actually registered to Amazon and there's no way to register the box under your own account without calling TiVo. I was on the phone with TiVo support for 40+ minutes as they tried to figure out how to make the transfer. Finally the escalated my issue and told me it could take up to 24 hours to resolve. I got the sense that support agent had never seen an issue like this before.

Update: Day three and I am still unable to register this box under my TiVo account. TiVo support says it might be "a couple more days".

2nd Update: This TiVo box was finally transferred from Amazon to my TiVo account. I now have full access to TiVo features through the web and mobile app. Again, this is a great product, but the registration process was unbelievably bad. I hope this means they finally worked out the kinks so no one else will have to go through the same process.
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Quote from BobCoxner View Post :
Note that several Amazon buyers report the same problem:

Great product, painful registration process for this particular deal
By kirkb on September 14, 2015
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This is a great deal and I love what TiVo is doing with this OTA DVR and One Pass, but you should be aware that this particular deal ($299 for the box and lifetime access) has one major problem. These TiVo boxes are actually registered to Amazon and there's no way to register the box under your own account without calling TiVo. I was on the phone with TiVo support for 40+ minutes as they tried to figure out how to make the transfer. Finally the escalated my issue and told me it could take up to 24 hours to resolve. I got the sense that support agent had never seen an issue like this before.

Update: Day three and I am still unable to register this box under my TiVo account. TiVo support says it might be "a couple more days".

2nd Update: This TiVo box was finally transferred from Amazon to my TiVo account. I now have full access to TiVo features through the web and mobile app. Again, this is a great product, but the registration process was unbelievably bad. I hope this means they finally worked out the kinks so no one else will have to go through the same process.
There is also this comment on the Amazon review about how to register the new Tivo without all the problems:

"TiVo has added a support page with activation instructions for the Amazon Roamio OTA DVR. On TiVo.com, search the Support Articles for "Amazon" or use https://support.tivo.com/SupportP...structions

Here are some tips:

* Before attempting to register with TiVo, connect the TiVo to the Internet and go through their guided setup. This may take some time because there will be some updates to download.

* You will need your TiVo Service Number (TSN) and your Media Access Key (MAK) during activation. The TSN is on the back of the device. The MAK can be found in the TiVo menu for Settings and Messages... Account and System Info...

* Use the link above to go to the TiVo support page to see activation instructions. Note: when signing in to My Account, you might see a large sign-in popup window. Close the large popup and instead click the My Account link on the left side as their instructions show.

* With these instructions my TiVo went smoothly. I was not asked for and credit card information. "

Link to Tivo Support How-to Page for the $299 Tivo Amazon deal:

https://support.tivo.com/SupportP...structions
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Roamio, Roamio, why art thou Roamio?
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does it support 4k?
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does it support 4k?
No that is TiVo bolt.
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could someone tell me how this works? is this device connected to your Wifi network or does it need a satellite dish? the reason why I ask is, because I want to use something like this overseas.
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This is probably the best deal I have seen from Tivo, ever. I usually dont like their high double dipping device + "service" business, but this price seems to be heading in the right direction. Especially if you use antenna. There are alternatives like Homeworx PVR sold at Walmart and other places.
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I got a free Comcast Xfinity cable box but not the HD one (only support VGA). Will I be able to use this and watch Xfinity shows in HD?
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could someone tell me how this works? is this device connected to your Wifi network or does it need a satellite dish? the reason why I ask is, because I want to use something like this overseas.
neither. you use this with your regular antenna. More than likely will not work overseas as this is a NTSC/Atsc unit and you'd need PAL unit for overseas. also voltage might be an issue but that one you can counter with a mini transformer.
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Quote from putinhuilo View Post :
could someone tell me how this works? is this device connected to your Wifi network or does it need a satellite dish? the reason why I ask is, because I want to use something like this overseas.
It requires internet access (via wifi or network cable) primarily to get all the tv show guide info, but also updates, and to use it's various streaming apps.

This mode is OTA only. (Over-The-Air) : meaning you must have aerial antenna for the video content. It does NOT support cable cards, cable boxes or satellite.

I'm not sure if would be supported outside the US because the guide info comes from US sources.

Quote from quangdaika View Post :
I got a free Comcast Xfinity cable box but not the HD one (only support VGA). Will I be able to use this and watch Xfinity shows in HD?
OTA model does not support any cable systems, so no.
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Last edited by Tweak42 October 4, 2015 at 02:08 AM
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Bought one of these when Tivo first had these for $300 and we really like it. Great for the person getting rid of cable. Best part for us is the integration of Hulu Plus, Amazon, and Netflix and how you can search and watch through all of them in one spot.
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