TiVo Roamio OTA DVR

76
Engadget
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A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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TiVo Roamio OTA review: Finally, TiVo makes a DVR for cord-cutters

TiVo's latest is the best over-the-air DVR ever made, but the $15 monthly service fee (combined with the lack of a Lifetime Service option) means you're trading a low upfront price for some high long-term costs.

Pros
  • Low initial cost
  • No cable subscription required
  • Streaming options and four OTA HD tuners
  • Same software and accessories as the regular Roamio
Cons
  • $15 monthly service fee, with no Lifetime Service option
  • No HDMI-CEC
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Model

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR (75 hours) (4)
Service type
Standalone
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Type
High def DVR (75 hours) (4)
Service type
Standalone
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Video-on-demand

Digital media

Audio playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Other features

Upgradeable firmware
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
HDMI (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
WiFi
yes

Storage

Internal storage
500 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes