TiVo on Monday announced the $49.99 TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, a device that will provide cable and satellite service to those who aren’t currently subscribed. The device essentially hooks up to any HD antenna for over-the-air broadcasts, giving users access to a limited number of channels. While the TiVo OTA DVR box itself is just $49.99, it does require a TiVo service subscription of either $14.99/month with a one-year commitment or $19.99 per month commitment free.
Even though owners of the Roamio OTA won’t have the largest library of channels to choose from, you can still record up to 75 hours of HD programming on its 500GB hard drive. There are four different tuners, too, meaning the Roamio can record multiple programs at once, while still being able to tune into a live channel. That’s better than some regular cable boxes.
Additionally, the TiVo Roamio OTA can hook up to the TiVo Stream, which allows users to stream live and pre-recorded videos on other devices. The device also has access to services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more, adding to the Roamio’s cord-cutting aspirations. Other functions include the ability to search TV and streaming apps, and support for TiVo Minis and other TiVo DVRs for multi-room streaming.
The TiVo Roamio OTA will be available exclusively at Best Buy beginning Sept. 14.