Big news from Engadget about the new model of the TiVo Roamio OTA:
The original model OTA was our cord-cutting choice for broadcast TV/DVR due to its user(wife)-friendliness.
The new one has 1TB of storage, double the original.
But now, there is no $15/month subscription fee. You pay $400 upfront and one time. Considering the cost of the device to be $49 as before, you break even with the original OTA pricing after less than two years! Pure savings from then on.
This makes it a near no-brainer, as other cord-cutting options (Channel Master DVR+, Tablo, Windows Media Center) are nowhere close in ease and slickness of user interface, expandability (using TiVo Minis), and free apps (especially Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and PLEX).
And, as with its predecesssors (the original OTA and the newer BOLT), it allows commercial skipping on some shows, and 30% faster speed-watching.
The article notes that the new OTA will be available on May 2 through Amazon, Best Buy or TiVo.
If our original Roamio OTA ever blows up or is hit by lightning, this is what I’m getting.
If you have been thinking about cutting the cable cord, a new OTA and a simple, cheap antenna (like a refurbished Mohu Leaf) may be all you need.