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Roamio DVRs come in three flavors ranging from $200 up to $600

TiVo was one of the early companies to come into the DVR market and the company has announced a new line of DVRs this week promising TV viewers more control over what they watch. The new “Roamio” DVRs allow users to control what they watch on traditional TV channels and over the internet.

"What TiVo is doing here is pressing home their advantage. That is, they know TV," said Colin Dixon, chief analyst at nScreen Media, a research firm in Sunnyvale, Calif. "What they are doing here is actually very difficult for anybody else."

The target audience for the new Roamio DVRs is high-end consumers that pay top dollar for TV and internet video services. The Roamio DVR supports traditional functions expected of the DVR today such as the ability to pause and rewind live TV. However, the set top box also allows users to watch streaming video services like Netflix Hulu.

 
The new DVR also promises easier searches for content across all available viewing options. Users will be able to find shows to watch based on title, actor, director, genre, or keyword.

Some of the new DVR models allow users to be able to watch live and recorded shows on the iPhone or iPad without any other accessories required. TiVo plans an Android app early next year and sometime this fall TiVo will enable out-of-home viewing using the new DVRs over Wi-Fi networks.

The middle of the road Roamio Plus can store 150 hours of HD programming and record up to six channels at once. It features integrated streaming and Wi-Fi support with a price tag around $400. The high-end Roamio Pro can store 450 hours of HD programming and sells for $600. The cheapest of the new DVRs sells for $200 and can store 75 hours of HD video. It's only able to record four channels at a time and lacks the ability to stream video to iPhones or iPads. The base model is able to record over the air broadcasts while the other two versions require cable service.
 
None of the new boxes support satellite services.

Sources: Yahoo! News, TiVo [1], [2]



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6 Shows?
By tng on 8/20/2013 9:37:26 AM , Rating: 3
Really, six shows at once?

Who really has time to watch all that? I have 8 hours of DVR'ed programing that I have been trying to plow through for the last 6 months and I am having trouble finding the time to watch it.




RE: 6 Shows?
By kleinma on 8/20/2013 9:48:31 AM , Rating: 3
Reality show obsessed people, or maybe a family that doesn't have a TV/DVR in each room of the house...

Last I recall, only one of the satellite providers even offered that many simultanious feeds. Verizon Fios boxes only give you 2 feeds, and so do most cable providers, so that box wouldn't be of much use there.


RE: 6 Shows?
By wolrah on 8/20/2013 10:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
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Last I recall, only one of the satellite providers even offered that many simultanious feeds. Verizon Fios boxes only give you 2 feeds, and so do most cable providers, so that box wouldn't be of much use there.


It'll work fine on any CableCard-compatible service, which is pretty much any standard digital cable service in the US as well as FiOS and any other FTTP services that simply carry a full cable TV signal as a "channel" on the fiber.

Or in other words any major terrestrial TV provider in the US that's not U-Verse (lol TV over DSL).

What the company's official box does is irrelevant, they're usually crap anyways, that's the point of CableCard.


RE: 6 Shows?
By wolrah on 8/20/2013 10:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Last I recall, only one of the satellite providers even offered that many simultanious feeds. Verizon Fios boxes only give you 2 feeds, and so do most cable providers, so that box wouldn't be of much use there.


It'll work fine on any CableCard-compatible service, which is pretty much any standard digital cable service in the US as well as FiOS and any other FTTP services that simply carry a full cable TV signal as a "channel" on the fiber.

Or in other words any major terrestrial TV provider in the US that's not U-Verse (lol TV over DSL).

What the company's official box does is irrelevant, they're usually crap anyways, that's the point of CableCard.


RE: 6 Shows?
By wolrah on 8/20/2013 10:40:17 AM , Rating: 2
How is there not a delete button for inadvertent double posts? (worn out left button on my mouse double-clicks on its own every now and then)


RE: 6 Shows?
By ammaross on 8/20/2013 10:49:58 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Last I recall, only one of the satellite providers even offered that many simultanious feeds.


Well, considering "None of the new boxes support satellite services." they're obviously talking about cable TV.

I can full-well see needing at least 3 or 4 channels at a time, as most prime-time shows compete against each other in time slots, and if you want to watch more than one, your DVR has to be able to record more than one at a time. Scale this out to all of your (or TV fanatic's) favorite shows, and you can very likely hit 6 concurrently.


RE: 6 Shows?
By Mitch101 on 8/20/2013 2:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed 4 is about perfect until we truly get to video on demand and put cable/time slots to rest.

The big one is SPORTS
I want to watch the football game while I dont want to lose any series the wife and I watch as well. The seasons overlap so there are times where you need that third tuner.

HBO and Showtime
HBO and Showtime also are competing in other popular TV series time slots its not just ABC,CBS,NBC,FOX any more even though CBS owns Showtime and I forget who owns HBO. There are some other really good shows on other channels too. Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, American Haunting, etc.


RE: 6 Shows?
By bsd228 on 8/20/2013 2:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
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Last I recall, only one of the satellite providers even offered that many simultanious feeds. Verizon Fios boxes only give you 2 feeds, and so do most cable providers, so that box wouldn't be of much use there.


Have you not been paying attention for the past few years? EVERYONE is offering the ability to record 4-5 shows at a time. DirecTV's Genie gives you 5 using a single cable in.

Everyone has switched to the model where you have one central box recording, and then lightweight player boxes for other rooms in the house.

2 recordings was clearly insufficient. 4 probably gets it done nearly all the time. 6 effectively eliminates having to worry about recording conflicts. It doesn't matter now if my DVR records the Daily Show at 8pm - because DirecTV channels are on East Coast time even though I am Pacific. But when I had only two feeds, this did matter. Sunday night football versus Sunday prime time was another common conflict. Most nights the game was over by 8pm PST, but not always.


RE: 6 Shows?
By retrospooty on 8/20/2013 10:30:02 AM , Rating: 2
Unemployed fat-asses that sit around and watch TV all day.


RE: 6 Shows?
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/20/2013 11:04:55 AM , Rating: 2
Hey! I resemble that remark!

Oh wait. I'm retired not unemployed. Bwahahaha!

Seriously though I haven't found much need for more than 2 tuners. If you have satellite or HD cable, you can usually find any conflicting shows playing at another time on some other channel.

side note: The major cable provider in my area recently introduced PVR boxes that record 8 simultaneous feeds. While the box is nice, they pissed em off and I switched to a 2-tuner satellite rig. Not really missing the 8 tuners at all.


RE: 6 Shows?
By russki on 8/20/2013 11:37:28 AM , Rating: 2
lol that's funny. I typically come home after work and go to the gym for at least an hour and dont actually get home until after 9, so I use my dvr quite a bit. If I didnt have a dvr I'd miss most of my shows. There have been several times where it was trying to record multiple shows and I had to either cancel the recording or switch and watch that channel. So I would say a 4 channel recording device would definitely solve that.


RE: 6 Shows?
By retrospooty on 8/20/2013 1:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. 6 at a time would be for an extreme user. I have the old standard of 2 and once in a while I miss a show that didnt record because the other 2 were busy, and that was a thursday night primetime show in the fall I think. 3 or 4 would be fine for most people, even TV addicts.


RE: 6 Shows?
By daboom06 on 8/20/2013 10:50:13 AM , Rating: 2
6 shows at once is probably one of those features that's easily marketable but cheap and easy to implement. they dont expect people to buy the product for that feature, nor do they expect people to actually use it. but it still sells units by easy marketing.

the things you're paying for and should want to have are all the other features mentioned in the article.


RE: 6 Shows?
By cditty on 8/20/2013 6:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
I, at many times, have taxed 4 tuners... Not constantly or every night, but it is nice to never have to worry about a conflict.

6 tuners in a household isn't that much... Especially if you have a family. You don't have to watch TV all the time to use them. All you need is one big night of viewing.

It's nice to never have to rearrange a recording, etc...


RE: 6 Shows?
By CZroe on 8/21/2013 1:24:44 AM , Rating: 2
It isn't always about what you watch at once. For example, in a two-tuner scenario I can't flip channels and record two programs. If I wanted to switch between two live programs during the commercial breaks for each, I don't want to record them to keep but I will need to reserve two tuners from the pool to keep both programs in the recorded buffer. Same thing if I wanted to flip channels during a commercial break while keeping the one I am watching in the buffer. Don't forget about those iOS/Android apps: In a multi-user scenario the need for more tuners increases even more. One with only 4 streams it is very likely that two users would need all tuners and a third person might come home to find that their scheduled recording was bumped. First world problems, I know, but it's still pretty cool.


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