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CNET says:

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There are no glitches, recording quirks, image-quality issues, or clunky interfaces to deal with -- it "just works," and gets out of your way when you want to watch TV. Whether or not that's worth $750 to you depends on how much TV you watch and your budget. I wish there was a cheaper alternative to recommend that's nearly as good, but TiVo remains the best overall pick for now, and it's worth it for cord-cutters looking to make the easiest transition from cable. quote


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Critic reviews

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    7.8
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    8.1
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    8.0
  • Other features (networking, etc.)
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Gizmodo Aug 20, 2013

If you've already sunk a significant chunk of change into an existing DVR setup or streaming box ... maybe pass on this. But if you're in the market for a unified set top box with streaming and recording capabilities, this is a good way to kill several birds with one remote.

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8.0
CNET Jun 11, 2014

The TiVo Roamio is hands-down the best DVR for recording over-the-air TV, but its excellence comes at a great cost.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 12, 2013

Make no mistake about it—if you're already a TiVo user, the Roamio is the best TiVo available by far. But even that doesn't make it an automatic upgrade for current TiVo-tees.

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9.0
Yahoo Tech Jan 30, 2014

This is, to be sure, a luxury item. Don’t get one if you’re a cord cutter and you get all your TV from the Internet. But this much is for sure: Once you’ve tried TiVo, you can’t go back. At that point, I’ve got four words for you: Welcome to the cult.

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8.0
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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6.0
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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9.0
Top Ten Reviews May 21, 2014

With external hard drive hook ups, 2 USB ports and a plethora of streaming options, this is a versatile and affordable DVR from TiVo that will more than satisfy the average entertainment buff.

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First Looks

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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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