TiVo Roamio Pro

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84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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TiVo Roamio Pro review: TiVo's new DVRs are the company's best yet

Summary

The new TiVo Roamio addresses almost every major complaint we had previously. In short, it's most definitely the TiVo you've been waiting for.

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Pros
  • Very fast performanceSix tunersNow comes with an RF remoteOut-of-home streaming now an option
Cons
  • No HDMI-CECCan be pricey with lifetime serviceOut-of-home streaming isn't always smoothUpgrading from an old TiVo is still tedious
TiVo Roamio Pro review: TiVo's new DVRs are the company's best yet

It's been three and a half years since the last major TiVo release and while the company has offered some new features since -- via hardware revisions, software updates and accessories -- we're very excited to tell you that TiVo is back. The three new TiVo Roamio DVRs range in price from $200 to $600 (plus service), all with at least four tuners and built-in WiFi. And the Pro and the Plus have integrated TiVo Stream functionality. The cool new trick is out-of-home streaming for both live and recorded shows, with the ability to download shows to your iOS devices while away from home. (Note: this feature isn't coming to the Roamio until this fall, so we tested it with a TiVo Stream instead). There's also a new remote that no longer relies on IR, as well as a refreshed user interface, which includes the What to Watch Now feature and new Netflix and YouTube apps -- that launch quickly now. We'll get into all the highs and the lows in just a moment, but we're pretty confident in saying these are TiVo's best boxes to date.

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Breakdown

Other features (networking, etc.)
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Expandability
10.0
Ease of use
8.4
Storage capacity
9.0
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Specs

Roamio

Type
High def DVR (450 hours)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI
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Specs

Roamio

Type
High def DVR (450 hours)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI
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Roamio Pro

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7.5
 
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