TiVo's New Roamio DVR Aims for TV and Online Video Nirvana in One Box
With its just-announced line of Roamio DVRs, TiVo is one big step closer to an all-in-one box for live, recorded, and on-demand TV.
Though I don't know that it's wise to name a product after something that has an indelible relationship to a tragedy, the company's newest DVR goes hard-drive-to-hard-drive with Dish's Hopper with Sling, offering lots of tuners, tons of storage, and options for sending content to other rooms without buying additional DVRs. It also makes it easier to load up your mobile devices (at least, iOS ones for now) with recordings. The Roamio boxes further sweeten the on-demand video pot with a heavy dollop of online video options, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube, meaning you can jump to those services -- and search them -- without having to switch the input on your TV.
Unlike the Hopper, the new TiVo won't automatically skip ads, or record every prime-time network show, but at least you can use it with your current cable service.
Of course, all this TV-viewing pleasure comes at a price -- or three prices, to be exact: the $200 baseline Roamio, the $400 Roamio Plus, and the $600 Roamio Pro. And -- as usual with TiVo -- you'll still need to sign up for monthly or lifetime service, $14.99 or $499.99, respectively. (And you'll still have your existing cable bill on top of that, unless you use the over-the-air antenna option available on the entry-level model.)
Still -- from what I've seen so far in our initial testing -- for serious TV junkies, this might be a DVR worth ponying up for.
All new on the inside
Performance is probably one of the biggest issues for a lot of TiVo users. . . . .