TiVo Roamio HD Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player

Expert Review

There are three versions of TiVo's Roamio line of digital video recorders; the base model, the Plus, and the Pro. All three of them work with various digital cable companies including Comcast and Verizon FiOS. The base model is also compatible with HD antennas, able to record shows from the networks while offering up streaming options like Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus. However, none of the models are compatible with AT&T U-Verse or DirecTV because those companies offer their own versions of digital hard drives for recording shows. The Roamio units have three different hard drive sizes, 500 GB with the base model, 1 TB and 3 TB on the Plus and Pro able to record as much as 450 hours of HD content. If you watch a lot of television, then you'll love the fact that the base model can record up to four shows at once, while the Plus and Pro can record up to six at the same time. That's particularly helpful for major television junkies or families who have different tastes for shows that air in identical time slots.

Video output on all three versions can be shown at 480, 720 and 1080i/p and all three models have built-in wireless and ethernet connections. The Roamio line of DVR's offers loads of entertainment choices as well, with TiVo's ability to give you recommendations for content you might like to watch based on things you've watched prior, as well as keyword searches for shows, movies, even your favorite actors and actresses. The aforementioned VOD apps are included on all models in addition to music and video apps like Pandora, Spotify and, of course, YouTube. But what gives TiVo's boxes a distinct advantage over all the others is the ability to store and play photos, home movies, and your entire music library at the touch of a button. You don't need to be home to enjoy your TiVo experience either; with the use of TiVo's Streaming service you can view all of this content on your mobile devices just about anywhere you wish.Rating: 5/5