TiVo's new DVR, the Roamio, comes in three flavors—$200 for the standard version, $400 for the plus, and $600 for the pro model. That's a relatively high up-front cost for a DVR/cable box replacement. So, what do you get
if you splurge on one of these new top-of-the-line TiVos?TiVo's Roamio Pro—six tuners, 450 hours of storage
The reward for buying a Roamio instead of renting a DVR from a Comcast, Time Warner, etc. is a superior TV-watching experience, versus what is offered by major cable TV operators. In the long term, TiVo's lower monthly fee can offset the initial cost of a Roamio, especially the $200 standard version.
"If you’re a TV power user who demands quality software on your DVR along with the ability to record six channels at once without worrying about running out of space, the TiVo Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro are worth the premium price. But it’s not just the ability to record hundreds of hours of content or the six tuners. It’s TiVo’s third-party app library and UI that make it a worthy successor to whatever you have under your TV right now." - Wired
When it comes to capability, the Roamio Plus and Pro models outclass cable-box DVRs in several categories, including storage capacity. With the Roamio Pro, that includes enough space for 450 hours of content, whereas the "Plus" model provides 150 hours of storage. The extra 300 hours of DVR capability accounts for the price difference between the two units. By contrast, Comcast's DVR offers 75 hours of recording space, the same as the base model Roamio.A comparison of the three Roamios
Filling up the extra space the Roamio Plus and Pro models provide might not be so hard, because both new TiVo units sport six cable tuners each, while the standard model makes do with four tuners. The Roamios add Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming to the mix—including Wi-Fi connectivity—creating a compelling all-in-one solution for watching HD content. The only device that truly competes in terms of specs is the Dish Hopper, but that product is exclusive to Dish users, while the Roamio is aimed at cable subscribers, regardless of provider. And compared to Comcast and Time Warner's DVR offerings, the new TiVo Roamio is in a different league in terms of capability—the superiority of the interface is well documented in numerous reviews. Another factor to consider—the monthly fee for the TiVo is lower than what the two largest U.S. cable providers each charge for a DVR with only two tuners.Chart courtesy of Wired Gadget Lab
Is TiVo's latest offering appealing enough to justify the initial investment, or is it too late to compete with less expensive streaming-only options such as Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast? Also, is the extra storage in the plus and pro models worth the price premium?"Like" AVSforum on Facebook