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Roamio OTA: Tivo Targets Aereo Customers

27 August 2014 62 views One Comment

Aereo was on its way to success when the Supreme Court killed it. Still, the broadcast TV + IPTV DVR business model was sound — enter the Tivo Roamio OTA

IPTV (internet protocol television) provider Aereo was well on its way to kicking the snot out of cable TV and satellite TV providers when the US Supreme Court killed Aereo. Regardless, the local broadcast TV + IPTV DVR business model was sound — enter the Tivo Roamio OTA.

Tivo, the company that popularized DVR (digital video recorder) services back in the naughties, has announced the $50 Tivo Roamio OTA (over the air), a set top box with HD antenna and DVR builtin.

“Many top TV shows in America are available with a simple HD antenna,” said TiVo CMO Ira Bahr. “TiVo Roamio OTA makes sure that [consumers] can get a best in class DVR experience through an antenna, including our world renowned interface and industry defining recording capability at our most affordable price point ever.”

While digital broadcast TV is free, Tivo’s DVR service will set you back $15 a month, which is a bit more than Aereo charged for its local TV + DVR play.

Worth it? Tivo Roamio OTA is neat little package (image above), which brings together two great pieces of functionality in a single box.

However, for what it’s worth, I think I’d rather buy a standalone HD antenna (ie easier to position) + $50 Roky box and then spend that $15 a month on Netflix or Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime Instant or Red Box Instant, etc.

True, it’s not an exact apple to apple comparison, but a better value…

What’s your take?

Via Venture Beat

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One Comment »

  • Tivo Not Dead? said:

    Kind of hard to believe Tivo, such as it is, is still around. Yeah, get the Roku + antenna + Netflix and pocket the difference.

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