With all sorts of major players in the consumer electronics and cable industries getting into the DVR game, the company that started it all, TiVo, is back with a new product that challenges some of those new competitors.
TiVo on Tuesday announced the arrival of the Roamio, its newest flagship set-top box and what the company calls its most significant new product in years.
It offers a variety of features that compete with the Apple TVs, Rokus, X1s and Slingboxes of the world: the Roamio boasts six tuners, out-of-home streaming capability for live and recorded shows, built-in streaming of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube, a customizable interface with easy searching, and 3TB of storage capacity.
According to the press release:
“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 Roamio comes in three models- TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99.) It is available starting today.