Top, L to R: Clock, TiVo Roamio OTA, Roku N1000. Middle: DVD/VCR, infrequently used remotes.
Our cord-cutting arsenal:
Ooma Telo internet phone device
5 TVs: LED (2), plasma, flat-tube, ’83 CRT
TiVo Roamio OTA 4-tuner DVR
TiVo Mini extender (2)
Mohu Sky 60 powered outdoor antenna
Winegard FlatWave indoor antenna (2)
Roku streaming media player (3)
Chromecast streaming media player
TiVo “Peanut” remote (3)
Logitech Harmony 890 remote
X10 universal 5-in-1 learning remote.
Netflix & Amazon Prime subscriptions
Windows 7 PCs / free Plex &
Emby software to serve
Windows 7 PC / free Windows
Media Center DVR with
recordings on external drive.
Raspberry Pi computer w/ free OSMC, PleXBMC, & ServerWMC software
to access content on Win 7 PCs
X10 analog video sender / receiver
Powerline network adapter (4)
Gigabit Ethernet switch (2)
Kinovo HDMI switch
Powered USB hub (2)
(A list entitled “Our cord-cutting arsenal” appears at the bottom-right of this blog. It shows the hardware and software we use for all five of our TVs. But since you can’t tell which items are in each room, I am breaking it down by room, highlighting the hardware in light yellow, content in white. This is number 4 of 5 rooms.)
The den being my wife’s base of operations, it was critical to get it right.
Getting it right mostly entailed putting in a TiVo Roamio OTA with a good antenna. (See Cutting the TV cable with TiVo Roamio OTA and Mohu Sky 60 antenna review .)
Although there is a 1st generation Roku, it is hardly needed now that the Roamio has Netflix, Amazon Prime, VUDU, Plex, iHeart Radio and Pandora. The Roku does have a few channels I like in addition to the aforementioned.
Also rarely used now is a DVD/VCR combo. but it’s there.
Without a cable box, a clock was needed. I ordered this one: Gearonic LED Digital Cube Clock.
Other details of the final configuration:
In order to view the HD programming from the TiVo on our 2002 tube TV. which can only accept component input, an HDMI-to-component converter was needed. (See previous post, Replace the old TV?)
A gigabit switch connects the TiVo Minis in the kitchen and the theater room to the Roamio, using Ethernet cable. This is the switch that was a 5-port model until the lightning strike turned it into a 4-port.
Internet is provided by a Powerline adapter (also connected to the gigabit switch). It talks to its counterpart in the office where the modem is located. (See previous post Powerline vs. Ethernet wiring.)
X10 video sender on the den TV
We still have an X10 sender hooked to the TiVo’s composite output. (See The workout room TV setup for my wife)
The TiVo’s Netflix & Amazon apps stream subscription content. Plex media server software running on our Windows 7 PCs with TV/movie libraries streams our own content to the TiVo’s Plex channel.
She uses the TiVo remote, and her iPhone to control X10 automation; I use the X10 universal 5-in-1 learning remote and an Android smartphone. (See previous post Den: wifi smartphone & learning remote.)
Coming soon to complete the tour: the theater room. Lots of stuff in there.