TiVo Introduces 'Roamio' DVR That Streams Live and Recorded Shows to iOS Devices

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TiVo has announced a new line of DVR models that will eventually include support for streaming of live and recorded shows to the iPhone and iPad. The new TiVo, called the Roamio, includes built-in wireless and a new TiVo Stream feature that will allow users to connect their iPhones and iPads to the Roamio remotely and stream live channels and recorded shows.

The press release from TiVo features a host of disclaimers, however -- the TiVo Stream feature is not available at launch but should be available in the next few months, streaming is "restricted to a limited number of devices owned" by the subscriber, and not all content can be streamed out of the home. Some unspecified content is restricted to mobile devices on the local network rather.

The new box also includes a new HTML5-based platform that TiVo says will allow for faster app rollouts and upgrades -- TiVo already supports apps from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, among others.
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"While so many people love TV, they have no idea what TiVo can do for their love of TV. TiVo Roamio is so much more than just the best DVR, it's for people who are all about loving their TV -- that's why we call our latest offering Roamio," said Tom Rogers, TiVo's President and CEO. "Now, wherever you roam your TiVo Roamio is there. In the next room, in the kitchen, in a hotel room across the world -- connecting you right to your living room TV recordings, so you can get them immediately wherever you are. Moreover, you can get all your regular cable channels, the best DVR features available, all combined with favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube in one box, using one remote. With up to six tuners, tons more space to record your shows so on those Sunday nights when all the great TV is on you can capture it to watch throughout the week. Take every box or device out there -- Roku, Apple TV, Slingbox, Google TV, your standard cable box -- all rolled into one. This is quite simply the best TiVo we have ever made and is truly for people who love TV."

The TiVo Roamio is available in $200, $400 and $600 models with four to six tuners and up to 3TB of storage. TiVo boxes require a CableCard from a cable company or HD antenna and do not work with satellite services like DirecTV.

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94 months ago
Is streaming TV shows to your iPad/iPhone when your not home really needed? I can see if you're on vacation, but it seems to me that if you got time to watch a TV show when you're out, you might as well just go home.
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94 months ago
So, after 2 1/2 years of twice-weekly SPAM from TIVO, telling me how much I need to upgrade from my Series 3 to a Premiere, so that I can get the functionality that they could have easily put in the Series 3, now they're abandoning the Premiere for a new, half functional device?

No thanks. I'll keep the Series 3 until it craters, and hope that Apple has come out with a killer product to make cable obsolete by then.
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94 months ago
People still use TiVo?
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94 months ago
This is a bit of misinformation. The streaming outside the house is not yet available. Streaming inside home networks to iOS devices will work on day 1, as this bundles in existing hardware (TiVo Stream). Streaming between this and other series 4/5 devices will also work on day 1.
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94 months ago
I wish TiVo would support their existing units. They never seem to add functionality or fix problems with their hardware except via releasing completely new hardware. And that means you have to spend like $400 every time you want the features/fixes your existing hardware is otherwise fully capable of supporting. It also screws their lifetime membership customers even worse.

Like others said, I absolutely would not buy this new unit until the streaming works because that is really the only major feature this unit adds over the older ones. And based on TiVo's track record, when they do finally finish the streaming feature, it will require you to purchase even newer hardware; these existing Roamios likely won't even support it.

Plus, their TiVo app for iOS sucks. It looks pretty and sleek, but it's obnoxiously slow and has a terribly inefficient user interface design. Until they make some significant improvements to the app, new hardware designed to utilize that app more isn't all that exciting. We only use the app in our household when we literally can't find our remote. Even spending a minute or two looking for the remote will generally be quicker to accomplish what we're trying to do than using the app on a phone that is always within a foot of my hand.
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94 months ago
A lot of their limitations are restrictions related to being a certified cable card box unfortunately
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