bob_p wrote: The possible negatives of this option - if they don't produce a 6 tuner Bolt, then we'd have to get 2 Bolts - which would increase our annual costs by $250 - plus there is a risk their acquisition by Rovi could destroy TiVo.
bob_p wrote:Unclear if the poor WMC guide data from Rovi is due to Rovi or how Microsoft is accessing the data. Rovi provides guides to other customers, surely those customers wouldn't be satisfied with the poor quality guide data we're seeing with WMC.
audinutt wrote:It's rovi just look at tv guide.con
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Crash2009 wrote:you might also want to remove/disable MSE, if you have it. MSE is an open door for unwanted updates also.Wilky13 wrote:Yeah, I've turned off auto update on my Windows 7 HTPC. I have 2 Xbox 360s and an Echo. I plan to ride this setup out for as many years as possible.
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bob_p wrote:The Xbox 360s are dead end - any replacement for WMC will require replacing them - and we have 6 of them we are using as extenders.
We have 3 potential replacements for WMC for this year - Comcast's X1, TiVo and SD's DVR.
Comcast would be rental of the DVR and satellite STBs, but that would eliminate the need to rent cablecards - which are now costing us $200 per year for the 2 cablecards in our WMC. While their new X1 DVR is a significant improvement over their previous DVR - and does integrate their streaming and VOD into the same interface - there are limitations (commercial skipping, inability to play our personal videos, ...) - plus the monthly cost will be significantly higher in the long run.
That's my plan too. It's why I picked up a spare Roamio with lifetime. I expect to get at least 8 years out of my current Roamio and 8 more out of my spare. Unfortunately, with cable prices continuing to go up, I'll probably switch to streaming well before that. I just put my parents on PS Vue which has some DVR capability and is only $35. It's working out great for them and is probably the next phase for me, whenever my cable rates become too painful.bob_p wrote:As for purchasing a Roamio - if we make the switch to TiVo we'll plan to use the equipment for at least 5 years - to justify the cost of purchasing the base DVR and all of the extenders. Our primary DVR will be connected to a 4K TV - so there's benefit (for us) in using a Bolt instead of a Roamio. Since TiVo has shifted the 6 tuner Roamio Pro to their "outlet", hopefully that's an indicator that they are planning to release a 6 tuner Bolt "Pro".
On the X1 I have found that they only disable the FF during On Demand. The SKIP still works. There is a little programming sequence (hack?) that you can do to enable SKIP AHEAD and SKIP BACK on X1. I don't recall now how to do it, but if you search through their X1 forums you can find it. I think the skip ahead can be set to 30s, but the skip back is fixed at 15s. Or something like that. Anyway they do appear to work (at the moment) with On Demand.RyC wrote:Specifically, they limit skip forward/backward on some On Demand shows. DVR recordings can still be skipped around (can you imagine if they limited that too?)
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