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Time Aug 19, 2013

Even without the upcoming features, and with imposing competition from cheap Internet-only boxes, the Roamio models are a polished and powerful way to watch TV, on the Net and off. TiVo, say it loud: You’re a DVR, and you’re proud.

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TechHive Aug 26, 2013

Using TiVo isn’t essential—it’s a luxury item for people who don’t want extra boxes and crappy interfaces. If you’re one of those people (and I have to say, I think I am), Roamio is for you.

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Gizmodo Aug 20, 2013

Should I Buy It? Maybe someday, but almost definitely not yet. The Roamio goes live on August 20, but the pretty-necessary mobile Wi-Fi streaming functionality ... isn't expected to go online until later this year.

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Ars Technica Aug 20, 2013

TiVo is promising improved performance over their fourth-generation DVRs. Responsiveness is often an issue with DVRs, especially OEM models from cable or satellite providers, and a snappy responsive user interface is one potential way that TiVo hopes to differentiate itself from the DVR pack.

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TechCrunch Aug 19, 2013

While the big selling point for new buyers will probably be the hardware — that is, more storage and more tuners — the software has also seen a few upgrades that could prove appealing to hardcore TiVo users.

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AllThingsD Aug 19, 2013

The entry-level Roamio is a four-tuner DVR, meaning it can record four shows simultaneously, and features a 500 gigabyte hard drive for about 75 hours of HD recording.

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TechHive Aug 19, 2013

In its first major hardware upgrade in three years, TiVo introduced its fifth-generation hardware DVR series on Tuesday. On sale now with the odd nickname of “Roamio,” the new boxes promise a faster user interface and built-in streaming to iOS devices.

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CNN Aug 20, 2013

There's also more of what made TiVo popular in the first place. The top-of-the-line set can record up to six shows at the same time and, with a full 3 TB of storage space, can hold up to 450 hours of high-definition content.

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