TiVo just announced a $49 DVR for recording over-the-air broadcast TV programming. The new set-top box is called the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, and is designed for those who do not have cable or satellite service, yet still want a DVR.
“Many top TV shows in America are available with a simple HD antenna,” said TiVo CMO Ira Bahr. “TiVo is devoted to making the best possible cable TV user experience available through our operator partners and in retail, but we recognize some viewers opt not to receive the benefits a subscription with a cable provider offers. TiVo Roamio OTA makes sure that they too can get a best in class DVR experience through an antenna, including our world renowned interface and industry defining recording capability at our most affordable price point ever.”
TiVo Roamio OTA enables consumers to record up to four shows simultaneously, storing 75 high-definition hours of programming. The new antenna DVR and streaming device allows consumers to enjoy and record entertainment from their favorite local networks, where available, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and Univision over-the-air and popular internet video services such as Netflix, YouTube, and many others.
TV lovers can expect the same great award-winning experience as the TiVo Roamio family of DVRs, including universal search, free mobile applications, browse and compatibility with TiVo Stream and TiVo Mini devices to extend the TV experience throughout the home and beyond. TiVo Roamio OTA does not require a cable card, providing consumers with a top-notch entertainment experience at a minimal price. For customers looking to access cable channels, TiVo offers the TiVo Roamio, TiVo Roamio Plus and TiVo Roamio Pro DVRs.
- Storage: 500 GB (75 HD hours)
- Tuners: 4 tuners
- Compatible with TiVo Stream: Stream live and recorded TV to smartphones and tablets
- Content navigation:
- Universal search across Over-the-Air and popular internet video services including Netflix and YouTube
- “What to Watch” provides a personalized dashboard with recommendations for what’s on now, next and tonight
- Collections offers editorial collections based on current events or categories including new fall TV, Shark Week, Holiday, Academy Award winners, etc.
- Channel guide with filters to enable users to get to what they want as quickly as possible
- Free application for smartphones and tablets: manage your DVR with your phone or tablet through remote Season Pass management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList management
- Networking: Ethernet & WiFi networking
Pricing & Availability
TiVo Roamio OTA will be available for $49.99 at select BestBuy stores, but that is not the final cost. There is a $14.99 per month service fee and a one-year commitment.