iVo Roamio is a DVR (or digital video recording) device which is the next generation device available from TiVo, which became well known in the 2000s for being the most notable and popular recording device outside of premium cable recording services.
TiVo Roamio is an updated, newer device and service offered by the same company. How does it stack up, particularly since the market for these devices has radically changed in the past few years? Let’s take a closer look at the quality, features and overall worth of TiVo Roamio.
The device itself costs more than other modern devices
Most TV add-on devices in the current market don’t reach above $100–and they come with an array of features such as streaming, games, and more. TiVo Roamio, on the other hand, costs a hefty $200.00–and that’s without considering the cost of the subscription fees.
There are subscription fees
Subscription fees are nothing new, of course, but the subscription fees for TiVo Roamio can be pretty hefty. The service does offer a “lifetime subscription fee” for $500, which is less expensive than what you would pay if you simply paid for the subscription month to month–but that is a lot of money (at least $700, not including taxes) to initially set up the device.
Unfortunately, there are downsides to even the lifetime subscription fees. The “lifetime subscription fee” is only allotted for your device, not to your account. This means if your current TiVo Roamio breaks or the company comes out with a new device and you want to upgrade, you will have to pay for another hefty lifetime subscription fee.
The weather can affect how well it works
One of the downsides of TiVo Roamio is that it is not perfectly in sync with your cable subscription, unlike devices which are made by cable companies. Bad weather can actually disrupt your TiVo Roamio service, making it difficult and even impossible to record your favorite shows and movies.
The device is (finally) smaller and more user-friendly
TiVo has been pretty slow on catching up with the trends towards smaller, lighter and more user-friendly devices, but with TiVo Roamio they have finally designed a device that fits in perfectly with any modern entertainment system. The device is lightweight, small, and quiet. Most importantly, the new TiVo Roamio is very easy use even if you have never owned a TiVo before. The intuitive remote and set-up guide are also very user-friendly, making it a cinch to set-up; although set-up may take some time, particularly if you have more than a standard cable subscription.
It has an expansive hard drive
It’s important for any DVR device to have a great hard drive, and TiVo Roamio doesn’t disappoint. The basic model has a 500 GB hard drive–the ability to expand into larger hard drives are expected to be available soon, according to the company–which is a sizable amount that will hold a number of TV shows and movies.