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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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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 10:40:17 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)


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