Originally Posted by jamez68
I would have to agree with Aero 1 that a Tablo can be very expensive.
4 tuner model = $300
500GB HDD = $ 50
ROKU 3 = $100
basic 4.1 tablet = $ 50
lifetime guide = $150
Tivo Roamio = $200
lifetime guide = $500
Yes I know the Tablo and Roamio is not a true apples to apples comparison due to different features (remote streaming, HDMI outputs, 5.1 stereo, meaning of "lifetime", etc) but for someone like myself who may need to replace a PAL one day all the incidentals add up. I would have to buy everything except a HDD to use a Tablo, so my cost would be $600, or $450 if I wanted to use it old school VCR style.
I plan do some continued DVR "testing" the next 30 days, mostly of that of their tuners, given our challenging location. The Tablo arrives tomorrow... I had the DVR+ about 6 weeks ago. I'm on the brink of ordering a base TiVo Roamio, with discount code (MMA) is 150 bucks now. Also, lifetime now is 400 dollars. I called twice today and was offered that deal. There's a code on the internet too...
So, TiVo Roamio, with Lifetime (on the unit, unlike the Tablo), can be had for $550 (150 + 400). While TiVo Lifetime is tied to the box, more accurately it is tied to the motherboard. If the HD or other components fail, have issues and are fixable, Lifetime continues...
As I understand it, TiVo seems to allow Lifetime transfers to new boxes, for less than a whole new Lifetime subscription. Trying to find-out now...
Either way, I really like what Tablo is doing and if the experimentation goes well (reception-wise and overall experience), I'll be inclined to keep it, possibly in the bedroom, and if TiVo works-out (reception-wise), at the main TV.
EDIT / ADD: Just scored a TiVo Roamio for less than $85 delivered, from Amazon. 170 new, $30 Discover Cashback upon checkout, and a $70 gift card for signing-up for an Amazon Rewards Visa credit card. Swallowing the 400 Lifetime just got a little easier...