TiVO started it’s the streaming service of the TiVo Roamio Pro and TiVo Roamio Plus DVR yesterday. Tivo owners can now stream, download, and record live TV on their iOS devices. Sorry Android, no love for you just yet. TiVo Roamio is by far the best DVR on the market. Add in the streaming capability of SlingBox and you have a pretty impressive set top box. Well, that is if you can get around the upfront and monthly investment.
Jim Denney, Vice President of Product Marketing at TiVo said “Until now, your shows have been locked up in your set top box at home. Now with a TiVo Roamio DVR, whether it’s a hotel in Denmark, the waiting room at the dentist office, when you’re stuck at the airport, or at the gym, out-of-home streaming gives you the level of choice, control and freedom that consumers have come to expect from TiVo.”
TiVo owners lovers can now watch their favorite shows anywhere and anytime through their smartphones and tablets just like a Slingbox. However, Tivo takes it a step further. You can actually download your content so it can be watched later. You also get all the other Tivo goodies like view programming guides and manage recordings.
Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst and Founder of nScreenMedia said “The TiVo Roamio has reset the bar for what a DVR can do. Making all that functionality and content available anywhere will allow users to get more value from the content they already pay for, cementing TiVo as the market-leading personal TV solution.”
This all sounds great. The only part that will be hard for some people to take is the fact that you have to subscribe to the TiVo service monthly for $15. That’s after plunking down $199 for TiVo Roamio, $399 for TiVo Roamio Plus or if you a baller $599 TiVo Roamio Pro.