I have a 5 year old dual tuner TiVo HD with a lifetime subscription. For the most part it's been good over the years, except it is showing its age now and is fairly limited compared to what is out these days. The 2 tuners is a bummer, when all the new shows come on at the same time. I also need a way for Multiroom viewing in an additional room. The TiVo is in the living room, but my wife and I watch some different shows, and I would like a way for one of us to be able to watch our shows in the living room, and the other can watch in the bedroom. Also pausing and picking up and resuming where we left off in another room would be a great and helpful feature to us.
Here are my top priorities:
- 4+ tuners
- Multiroom viewing
- Ability to stream local content from a media server
And to a lesser extent
- Sling-like functionality
- Netflix/Amazon/etc support
- No monthly fees. I want to just buy something and not have to continue paying for it every month.
TiVo does have products now that will make at least most of this possible, however it all seems so expensive to me. I can purchase a TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) with a lifetime subscription ($399.99), and then a TiVo Mini ($99.99) with a lifetime subscription ($149.99). That gives me 6 tuners (or 5 plus the Mini), Multiroom viewing, a sling functionality, Netflix, however that all adds up to $1049.96, not even factoring in the cost of a new hard drive if I decide to upgrade the hard drive to something bigger. This also, as far as I know, will not allow me to stream content from a media server (I am mostly concerned with .MKV's). This means I would also need to buy 2 WDTV lives to play my content.
Can I do better than $1049.96 + tax with another combination of devices? Things have changed so much since the last time I researched buying my TiVo that I figured I'd be best off just asking people who are in the know and present my specific situation. Thanks for any help.