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TiVo Roamio OTA 500 GB DVR (Old Version) - Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player - Works with HD Antenna

$46.86


Channel Master TV is a dual tuner OTA DVR.

The TV Roamio costs $399.99 and includes a lifetime guide subscription. It’s cord cutters dream solution for recording OTA TV. However, if you want the privilege of streaming to a mobile device, even within your home network, you need to pay an additional $130 for TiVo Stream. You will also need to purchase the TiVo Stream if you want to watch the DVR on multiple TVs. Furthermore you are currently tied to using the TiVo app that’s only available on Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. Otherwise you will need a TiVo Mini on each TV.

There are a handful of OTA DVRs already on the market but some are rather expensive up front while others, like the and , require a monthly service fee. If you already own an Xbox One, the only additional hardware you'll need to watch and record live OTA TV is the aforementioned Hauppauge TV tuner (around $60) and a quality antenna.

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  • Julie | December 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm |

    We are not “cutting the cord”–we never had a cord. (Gasp!) But we just got a smart Ultra HD TV, and now we are unable to use our “old” VCR to record OTA TV (we previously had an analog TV and converter box). I’m not used to the bells and whistles of DVR supplied by cable companies, so I would be happy just to know of a way to record basic OTA network TV, certain shows that we miss if we’re not home. Is the Channel Master DVR+ the only non-subscription device? It’s a pretty steep price for the very basic task I need it for. Is there any very basic DVR that would be cheaper? We have an antenna, and Netflix, no other streaming, but we don’t really want anything more at this point. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Mr. Cable Cutter | December 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm |

      I think the Tablo will do what you want. You don’t have to pay the monthly subscription if you don’t need the guide.

  • You can only record TV that you can pull in with an antenna

    A Whole-Home-DVR, Tablo lets you stream live and recorded OTA HDTV content to as many as 6 devices on your local network at the same time. Or if you're on the go, you can stream live and recorded programs over WiFi or 3/4G wireless connections.

    A Whole-Home-DVR, Tablo lets you stream live and recorded OTA HDTV content to as many as 6 devices on your local network at the same time. Or if you're on the go, you can stream live and recorded programs over WiFi or 3/4G wireless connections.