TiVo Roamio OTA is a $49 DVR for cord cutters

TiVo Roamio OTA
By John Callaham on 25 Aug 2014 09:48 am
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TiVo is offering a new DVR hardware option for home entertainment for TV owners who either can't or won't get cable or satellite service with the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, which has been made specifically to record over-the-air digital HD TV broadcasts.

The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR has a 500 GB hard drive and four TV tuners that allows users with an HD antenna to record up to 75 hours of video. The DVR is compatible with TiVo's smartphone and tablet apps that allow users to manage their recordings, and it also supports Internet streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube.

The DVR will be sold in select Best Buy retail stores for $49.99, but it also requires a $14.99 a month service fee and at least a one year contract. What do you think of the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR and will it be a big hit with TV "cord cutters"?

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TiVo Roamio OTA is a $49 DVR for cord cutters

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I'm thinking cord cutters aren't going to appreciate the 14.99 a month.... I hope that gives you more than just guide data and recommendations.

Exactly.. if you can get streaming for $7.99, why in the world would you pay almost double just to record OTA? seem's ill-conceived. TiVo really needs to revisit their pricing anyway. I would consider an annual $30, maybe up to $60 / year for multi-dvr home setup.. but since it's all local storage, I'm much more apt to buy a more expensive piece and completely avoid the monthly cost...

That's more or less what I was gonna say.

I'm sick of this product as a service crap, maybe I'm wrong, maybe there's something worth $15 a month but I doubt it.

Who's gonna pay a monthly fee for freeview TV?

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As soon as I saw the TiVo logo on the article I knew there would be an over-priced subscription involved.  I cut the cord a couple of years ago and I just either use the WMC program on my computer for recording shows and then later stream them to my TV from the computer, or I get the shows later elsewhere for free.  Thinking that a cord-cutter will be willing to drop $14.99 /month ($180/year) for this is being pretty out of touch with that market. So not worth it.

That's exactly the same thing I do. $14.99 is too expensive for this subscription, especially since I am able to record shows for free with WMC.