In the Spring of 2019, TiVo ended support for dial-in connections. TiVos for cable or antenna must use broadband internet to connect to TiVo’s servers from now on for guide updates and OS upgrades. So if your TiVo had been dialing in and is now complaining that it can’t get guide data, this is why.
Here’s a list of the impacts on TiVos that were dialing in, per TiVo generation, starting with non-DirecTV units:
Series1 (Philips HDR and Sony SVR-2000 models): These already haven’t been able to dial in for a few years, so they really aren’t impacted by this change.
Series2 (TiVo, Sony, Humax, Pioneer, and Toshiba models, some with DVD capabilities): If you have one of these and were using a phone line, you now need to switch to broadband. You have two options:
Series3 TiVo HD (TiVo brand): Series3 units all have ethernet built-in as well as the ability to use a separate Wifi adapter. If you were using a phone line, you need to change to an ethernet cable, or this G Wifi Adapter.
Series4 Premiere (TiVo brand): Series4 units were the first TiVos that didn’t ship with internal modems. If you were using these to dial-in, you would have had to have a TiVo USB Phone Line Adaptor connected (and this didn’t work with the four tuner Premieres). Now you either need to plug an ethernet cable into your unit (all Series4 units have ethernet ports) or add a G Wifi Adapter.
Series5 Roamio and Series6 Bolt units were never able to dial in, so this change doesn’t affect them.
Series1 and Series2 DirecTiVos, and the HD DirecTV HR10-250: If you have one of these units up and running, it should continue to work fine for now. It may give you a ‘nag screen’ telling you to connect to a phone line (don’t bother) but it should continue to get guide data off the satellite dish. But if you redo Guided Setup, change your hard drive, or try to set up a previously unactivated unit, you won’t be able to. In these situations, the unit needs to dial-in to DirecTV, and that’s no longer possible.
DirecTV units cannot use the broadband wired or wireless adapters mentioned above.
The TiVo Roamio OTA was one of the most popular TiVo models we’ve ever sold. For $400, it included All-in (lifetime) service, and it could record four channels at once, and work with TiVo Minis. The OTA models ONLY work with over-the-air antenna (no cable or satellite).
TiVo recently replaced it with the TiVo Bolt OTA. The Bolt OTA is a great unit that we love also, but to get it with All-in service costs $500.
We now have refurbished stock of the Roamio OTA, with All-in service, at a better price: $349.99!
We’re very excited to be able to supply this unit again.
For a comparison between these two OTA models and for pricing and to order, see this page:
We’re very, very happy to say that we have limited stock of the TiVo Stream at the moment.
These units are refurbished.
The TiVo Stream is the ONLY way to get shows to stream to an iOS or Android device from a TiVo Premiere (any model Premiere) or from a TiVo Roamio and Roamio OTA (Plus and Pro models do not need the TiVo Stream).
If you have a Roamio OTA, for example, and you want to copy shows to your iPad for a trip, this is really the perfect solution. You just plug it into the same wired network that your Roamio or Premiere is on, add it to your TiVo.com account, and then you can either watch shows via the TiVo app, or even copy them to the app if you are on the same Wifi network.
See the TiVo Stream page on our website! And act fast – quantities here are most definitely limited.
We’ve been getting many, many reports of loud fans in the base Roamio units – the ones that look like this:
As best we can tell, TiVo has used two or more suppliers for the fans in these units, and possibly more than one model from some of these suppliers.
In order to figure out the best replacement option, we contacted several suppliers and tested many fans, and we now how what we think is the best possible replacement. This same model seems to be what TiVo is using in the current Roamio OTA Vox units.
We sell this fan as a kit with three torx tools, which are all necessary for installation: