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TiVo Roamio® OTA

4-tuner DVR records over-the-air broadcasts, streams web content (1TB storage)

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Overview

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The TiVo Roamio OTA gives fans of free over-the-air TV the recording and playback features that cable DVR users have long enjoyed. It has four tuners and one terabyte of recording capacity, and lets you pause live TV, fast-forward and rewind, and skip commercials on recordings. Best of all, Roamio OTA does away with the monthly TiVo service fee. Pay once and the rest is all free-TV gravy.

Calling all cord-cutters!

The TiVo Roamio OTA gives fans of free over-the-air TV the recording and playback features that cable DVR users have long enjoyed. It has four tuners and one terabyte of recording capacity, and lets you pause live TV, fast-forward and rewind, and skip commercials on recordings. Best of all, Roamio OTA does away with the monthly TiVo service fee. Pay once and the rest is all free-TV gravy.

Roamio OTA also includes built-in apps for some of the most popular streaming services: Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora®, and more. The combination of local over-the-air TV broadcasts and streamed content from one box makes this a cord-cutter's dream.

Find movies and shows fast with unified search

TiVo's DVRs offer uniquely intelligent ways to find your favorite shows. For example, OneSearch™ scours multiple platforms like broadcast TV and Netflix simultaneously, so your search experience is always fast, simple and seamless. No more drilling down into each app and doing multiple hunt-and-seek searches. Find shows and movies by title, actor, director or keyword — and start watching in seconds.

And OnePass™ tracks down every available season and episode of a show — whether it's on television or a streaming app — and creates a customizable watchlist for you. 

Unique TiVo conveniences

The Roamio OTA's new SkipMode™ feature means you'll spend a lot less time waiting for commercial breaks to end. With a single press of a button, you can simply continue watching your recorded show. It's pretty addictive. SkipMode™ works with the main over-the-air channels. Another new trick, QuickMode™, lets you zip through your recorded shows 30% faster than normal speed, with pitch-corrected audio.

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Product Highlights:

  • high-definition DVR lets you watch and record over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • 4-tuner design lets you record four local broadcast channels simultaneously, or watch one channel while recording three others
  • records up to 150 hours of HD content to built-in 1TB hard disk drive
  • 14-day program guide simplifies recording
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi® provides fast, reliable wireless streaming for single-room systems
  • stream movies and shows to your TV from Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and more
  • OneSearch™ searches across multiple platforms to make finding movies and shows quick and easy
  • OnePass™ tracks down every season and episode of a show, whether it's on TV or a streaming app
  • SkipMode™ lets you skip entire commercial breaks on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox
  • QuickMode™ lets you zip through recorded shows 30% faster than normal with pitch-corrected audio
  • watch live and recorded shows and schedule recordings using the TiVo iOS® and Android™ mobile apps
  • cast shows from your mobile device to your TV
  • Plex app lets you access content from your computer
Connections:
  • coax connector for antenna signals
  • HDMI 1.4 output supports 1080p video
  • 3.5mm A/V output (3.5mm A/V to composite video/stereo RCA adapter sold separately)
  • Ethernet port for a fast, reliable wired network connection
  • two USB ports (handy for USB-powered accessories)
  • eSATA port for connecting an external hard drive to expand recording capacity
  • optical digital audio output (can pass Dolby® Digital multichannel or 2-channel audio)
General Features:
  • multibrand RF remote control
  • 14-1/4"W x 1-15/16"H x 8-3/16"D
  • weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • price includes lifetime subscription to TiVo service

Easy to setup and it performs great

Kevin, Georgetown, TX

What's in the Box:

  • OTA DVR/Streamer
  • AC power adapter (attached 5.5' DC cord)
  • RF remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Start Here booklet
Reviews

TiVo Roamio® OTA Reviews

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TiVo Roamio® OTA

Jeffrey from Minneapolis, MN on 8/31/2017

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This product carries on the TiVo traditions of ease of use and smart hardware design. It delivers the same experience for over-the-air signals as it did for cable. My only complaint (which knocks the product from five stars to four) is that only some streaming apps are supported. In particular, I wish it would support Sling TV. So, a cord-cutter still needs one more box; however, the Roamio OTA is great for the OTA part!

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TiVo Roamio® OTA

Kevin from Georgetown, TX on 7/9/2017

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Easy to setup and it performs great

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Features

TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB): The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR is the perfect solution for those looking to "cut-the-cord" to their satellite or cable provider and still be able to access over-the-air content with DVR functionality, plus be able to stream entertainment content from the major online service providers. It works with any HD antenna, delivers one terabyte of recording capacity (150 HD hours), and integrates all your streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and more. It also delivers must-have conveniences like a two-week program guide, the ability to record four shows at once, and watch-and-control mobile capabilities.

Note: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR is not compatible with cable, satellite or fiber video services.

TiVo Service: The TiVo service is included in the price of the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB). Go totivo.com/activate, or call TiVo Customer Support at 1-877-367-8486. You'll need your 15-digit TiVo Service Number (TSN), found on the label on the back of the Roamio OTA DVR.

Quad OTA Tuner: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) is equipped with four built-in over-the-air tuners, so you can record up to four OTA programs at one time. You can even watch up to four shows at once time with additional TiVo Minis (59293000, sold separately), theTiVo Mobile App on your Apple iOS or Android device, or on your computer (via TiVo Online). It features a F-type coax connector on the rear-panel to plug in a HDTV antenna (sold separately - see accessories tab).

On-Screen Program Guide: The on-screen program guide displays up to two weeks of TV programming. You can select which channels are displayed in the program guide. Select All (all available channels), My Channels (recommended channels), or Favorites (favorite channels).

Note: External HDTV antenna (sold separately) is required to receive over-the-air programming.

1TB DVR: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR  records up to four shows at once and provides up to 1 TB of recording capacity; enough for roughly 150 hours of HD programming.

  • Auto Save Live TV: Up to 30 minutes of the current channel's broadcast is always being saved, even when you're not recording. When you change channels, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR clears the saved portion on the tuner you're watching and starts saving again on the new channel. So, if the saved portion is important to you, either record the program or don't change the channel.
  • Overlap Protection: Being able to record multiple programs at the same time doesn't eliminate all possible recording conflicts. The Overlap Protection feature gives you additional options for dealing with recording conflicts when they occur. Overlap Protection works by determining the priority of each program scheduled to record. If Overlap Protection is turned off, when two shows are scheduled to record on the same tuner but overlap by a few minutes, the lower priority recording is cancelled. But with Overlap Protection turned on, the TiVo DVR simply clips the lower priority recording by just enough minutes to allow both programs to record.
  • Extending Live Recordings: Live events (like sporting events and awards shows) often run past their scheduled end time. When the Extend Live Recordings setting is turned on, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR will remind you to add extra time when you set up a recording of a live event.
  • Transfer Recordings: You can even transfer recordings between TiVo boxes by visiting TiVo Online. You can select single recordings, multiple recordings, or all recordings to transfer from one TiVo box to another. You'll see a confirmation screen when your recordings are being transferred.  When transferring recordings between TiVo boxes, If you run out of storage space on the receiving DVR, then the oldest recorded shows on that DVR will be deleted to make room for the shows you're currently transferring.

Online Streaming Content: In addition to over-the-air programming, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR gives you access to many of the major entertainment online services for movies, TV, shows, music, news, & sports. The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR will require a wired or wireless network connection to your router and an active internet provider account. Additional fees & subscriptions will apply per online service.

  • Movies & TV Shows: You'll have access to yourNetflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, & Vudu account so you can enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows.
  • Videos & News: Browse and view videos onYouTube, AOL On, andHuff Post Live.
  • Music & Radio: Listen to internet radio & online music from Pandora, Spotify, &iHeart Radio.
  • Kids & Sports: UseToon Goggles to access kid-friendly on-demand entertainment like cartoons, games, and more. You also get sports updates & highlights from MLB.TV and the WWE Network.
  • Opera TV App Store: The Opera TV App Store gives you access to hundreds of additional entertainment, lifestyle, and social media apps to explore and enjoy.
Notes:
  • 4K online content not supported.
  • Online entertainment services are subject to change without notice.

PLEX for Media Sharing: With PLEX on the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB), you'll be able to enjoy media stored on your computer or network-attached storage device right on the big screen. Now streaming your personal computer content (Photos, Videos, & Music) to your TV is easier than ever through PLEX and the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR.

Video Casting: If you have an Apple iOS or Android device with the Netflix or YouTube app installed, you can take advantage of your mobile device's keyboard and search for shows in the app, then cast them directly to the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR and your connected TV. Apple TV owners can also cast their recorded shows to their Apple TV with AirPlay.

TiVo Online: TiVo Online gives you the convenience of TV on your computer by consolidating online apps, making it easy to find and watch what you want in one place. Watch TV shows and games live. Enjoy shows you've already recorded. Launch streaming content at the push of a button. You can even create a OnePass, see what's on tonight and manage all your settings.

Optional TiVo Mini: Add the TiVo Mini (59293000, sold separately) to your other TVs in your home and get the same experience in every room. Best of all, won't pay in additional monthly fees. The TiVo Mini lets you to share your TiVo Roamio OTA DVR experience on another TV in your house. Watch live TV, recorded shows, and stream from the web in a different room. TiVo Mini lets you to share your TiVo experience on another TV in your house. Watch live TV, recorded shows, and stream from the web in another room.

Note: You can add up to 10 TiVo Mini(s).

Controls

RF Remote Control: The included RF remote lets you control the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB), even if it's tucked away behind a cabinet door. The TiVo remote will automatically be able to change channels on your TV and display all the TiVo menus, because these functions are done through the TiVo DVR. You can also program the remote to change the volume and input of your television, as well as turn your TV on/off.

TiVo Mobile App: Control the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) with the free TiVo mobile app for Apple iOS 7.0+ and Android OS 4.0+ devices. The TiVo mobile app lets you use your tablet or smartphone as your TiVo remote control - find and explore shows, schedule recordings, control live TV & recorded shows, plus more. With the TiVo mobile app, you're also able to stream live & recorded shows, as well as TiVo compatible online content from your TiVo Roamio OTA DVR directly to your mobile device from within in your home network and outside of your home network.

Note: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same network for remote control.

Unified Search Tools: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) offers a variety of unified search tools which lets you browse a variety of content across multiple platforms, including over-the-air & online content.

  • OneSearch: OneSearch scours multiple platforms like TV and Netflix simultaneously, so your search experience is always fast, simple and seamless. No more drilling down into each app and doing multiple hunt-and-seek searches. Find shows and movies by title, actor, director, or keyword.
  • OnePass: OnePass tracks down every available season and episode of a show (whether it's on television or a streaming app) and creates a customizable "watchlist" for you. Start with the pilot episode or jump in anywhere mid-season. OnePass even automatically records upcoming episodes and adds them to your list.
  • My Shows: All of your recordings, streaming videos, and downloaded or transferred shows appear in the My Shows list. Folder & Category search functions help you quickly locate shows in the list.
  • Discovery Bar: The Discovery Bar displays lots of  great viewing options such as popular shows or sports events that are playing on live TV, items from your My Shows list, TiVo Suggestions, new video on demand shows, and more.
  • What To Watch Now: With "What to Watch Now", the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR helps you sort through your options by showing which popular shows, personal favorites and sporting events are now playing - so you'll never have to surf channels again.
  • WishList: A WishList search finds shows that match your search criteria on any channel you receive, and it keeps on searching for as long as you keep the WishList search. You can search for something with multiple criteria or that is very specific by entering a keyword or keywords. You can even choose the TiVo Roamino OTA DVR to auto-record matches to your WishList search.

TiVo Ratings & Suggestions: You can rate any show (whether it's live, recorded, or listed in the program guide). You can give a show up to 3 Thumbs Up (Great) or 3 Thumbs Down (Terrible). TiVo Suggestions uses these ratings to create a list of shows you might like. The more shows you rate over time, the better TiVo Suggestions will get at finding interesting shows for you.

Auto-Recording TiVo Suggestions: When the TiVo box has available space, it automatically records TiVo Suggestions (based on your ratings & viewing habits). However, you don't need to worry about recorded Suggestions taking up your space. TiVo Suggestions never replace shows you record, or prevent your shows from being recorded. TiVo Suggestions are always the first shows deleted to make room for your recordings. This feature can be turned on or off.

SkipMode: No more waiting for commercial breaks to be over. SkipMode lets you skip commercial breaks of select recorded content. With a single press of a button on the remote, you can skip those annoying commercials and continue watching your recorded show. SkipMode works with certain recorded shows on the main channels - including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW, and more.

Note: This feature is available only on select shows, and only after they are finished recording. TiVo hopes to make the feature available for the most popular shows on the most popular channels watched by TiVo subscribers. That means you'll find SkipMode on many shows that you record between 4:30pm and midnight (or 12:30am. on major networks) on the most widely-watched channels.

QuickMode: QuickMode lets you zip through your recorded shows (and shows with a buffer) 30% faster than normal speed with pitch-corrected audio. It's the ideal way to power through slow-moving news shows or sporting events.

Info-Banner: The Info-Banner displays the show's title, description, ratings, and other information. It appears whenever you change the channel.

For the Vision & Hearing Impaired: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) is ready to help vision- and hearing-impaired users get the most out of the TiVo experience. TiVo offers an audible screen reader for the vision impaired and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Parental Controls: Parental Controls help you make sure your family has access to only those shows you want them to watch. Set limits on movie and television ratings, lock specific channels, and prevent viewing of recorded shows that violate the settings you choose.

Connectivity

Wired & Wireless Network Connectivity: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) needs a high-speed Internet connection to receive program listings, TiVo service updates, and on-demand content. A wired connection can be made via Ethernet or MoCA, while a wireless connection can be made via its built-in WiFi (802.11n). The type of network connection you choose will depend on what you want to do with your TiVo setup.

  • Built-in WiFi (Wireless): If you plan to stream shows to mobile devices but not other TiVo boxes, you can use a wireless connection and connect the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR to your wireless router over WiFi (802.11n). Wireless connection speeds are typically not fast enough to stream shows between TiVo boxes reliably.
  • Ethernet & MoCA (Wired): If you plan to stream shows to and from other TiVo boxes, a wired connection is recommended. Choose between an Ethernet or MoCA wired connection. There is a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet jack provides a wired connection to your network router. Use the TiVo Bridge (592B6000, sold separately) to connect the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR to your home network over coax/MoCA.

HDMI Out: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (1TB) is outfitted with an HDMI 1.4 output to connect to your HDTV. The HDMI output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p (24/60Hz) video resolutions. It also support 2ch to 5.1ch audio output, including support for Dolby Digital.

Note: Not compatible with Ultra-HD 4K video resolutions.

3.5mm AV Output: The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR features a 3.5mm AV output with support for 480i video and 2ch audio. A 3.5mm AV to composite video/stereo RCA adapter may be required.

Optical Digital Output: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital output which support 2ch to 5.1ch audio, including Dolby Digital.

F-Type Coax Connector: There is a F-type coax connector on the rear-panel to connect your external antenna (sold separately - see accessory list).

E-SATA Port (external storage): You can connect an external hard drive via the unit's e-Sata port.

Dual USB Ports: There are two USB (type-A) ports on the back of the unit for future & service use.

AC Power Adapter: The included AC adapter must be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.

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I wanted to be able to record network shows OTA after dumping directv. Needed the DVR capability.[ Stephen  Sep 19, 2017 ]
tiro service included[ Charles  Sep 06, 2017 ]
Looking for a free alternative to watching and recording local antenna channels. Also, I like the idea of the Apps included in the same device. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu....[ G  Sep 01, 2017 ]
I'm cutting cable.[ Christopher  Aug 20, 2017 ]
Need to record OTA[ John  Aug 12, 2017 ]
Want to drop Directv and use netflex and over air local channels . Please make sure Chad on line chat gets credit he was a big help answering my questions.[ Michael  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Plan to drop overpriced DSS but want to keep DVR & guide functions[ G  Jun 03, 2017 ]

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No. Lifetime membership to the Tivo service is included with the purchase of the DVR.[ Kevin  Aug 30, 2017 ]
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