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TiVo Roamio OTA

TiVo Roamio OTA
alaScore 93

8 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of TiVo Roamio OTA. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the TiVo Roamio OTA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Michael Brown (

TiVo Roamio OTA review: This DVR would be a cord-cutter’s dream machine, if not for the subscription fee


The hardware is cheap, but not everyone will want to pay for the service, as powerful as it is.

Combines an OTA DVR with a streaming box ; Very powerful software, with a terrific user interface ; Very inexpensive hardware

Mandatory $15-per-month subscription ; No support for premium OTT services such as HBO and Showtime ; Too difficult to program DVR to record only new episodes

As good a DVR as the Roamio OTA is, it would make a cord-cutter’s life even better if it included support for a service such as SlingTV (so that you could get some of the channels that are otherwise available only with a pay-TV subscription), along...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Ben Drawbaugh (

TiVo Roamio OTA review: Finally, TiVo makes a DVR for cord-cutters


Cable TV and TiVo go together like peanut butter and jelly, or at least they did until now. The company that, for all intents and purposes, invented the

Low initial cost ; No cable subscription required ; Streaming options and four OTA HD tuners ; Same software and accessories as the regular Roamio

15 monthly service fee, with no Lifetime Service option ; No HDMI-CEC

TiVo's latest is the best over-the-air DVR ever made, but the $15 monthly service fee (combined with the lack of a Lifetime Service option) means you're trading a low upfront price for some high long-term costs.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (

TiVo Roamio OTA review


Twelve months after shipping its long-awaited Roamio DVRs , TiVo has now released a recorder targeted solely at cord cutters: the Roamio OTA.

The TiVo Roamio is an exceptionally polished DVR for recording free over-the-air TV. The interface is excellent and intuitive, making it dead simple to record shows and series exactly the way you'd like. It has built-in Wi-Fi and a 500GB hard drive....

Despite the $50 upfront cost, the Roamio OTA becomes expensive when you add in subscription costs -- and because it sorely lacks a lifetime option, you'll pay subscription fees forever. It's not compatible with CableCard, so unlike with the standard...

TiVo Roamio OTA is an excellent DVR, but its monthly fee structure makes it too expensive for people cutting the cable cord. The standard TiVo Roamio is a better choice overall for cord cutters.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Ziegler (

TiVo minus TV: testing the cable box for cord cutters


"There is an important service update available for your TiVo box. This update should take less than an hour, and the DVR will restart twice." Oh, this is bringing back memories! The notorious...

As close as you can get to an all-in-one box for cord-cutters ; "Peanut" remote works as well as ever ; Low upfront cost

Booting takes forever ; The UI isn't 100 percent HD ; Should be smaller ; Monthly fee

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Brown (

TiVo Roamio OTA


If you haven't cut the pay-TV cord because you don't want to give up your DVR, you should take a good look at TiVo's Roamio OTA. This set-top box harbors four HD over-the-air tuners, an on-screen program guide so you can see what's on each channel and...

Combines an OTA DVR with a streaming box ; Very powerful software, with a terrific user interface ; Very inexpensive hardware

Mandatory $15-per-month subscription ; No support for premium OTT services such as HBO and Showtime ; Too difficult to program DVR to record only new episodes

The absence of those services, and my nit-picky comment about recording full seasons of new episodes, are my only complaints about the Roamio OTA. A lot of people hate subscription fees, but the power and the convenience that TiVo’s software and...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Marshall Honorof (

TiVo Roamio OTA Review: Pricey Cord-Cutting DVR


The Roamio OTA is OK at what it does, but much more expensive than it lets on. Considering that you can watch live network TV with an HD antenna or catch most network shows on network websites a few days later, it's hard to justify the cost.

Great search features ; Extremely smooth video and audio quality ; Spot-on recommendation service

Miserable, unintuitive setup ; Clunky, nonoptimized interface ; Expensive monthly subscription fees ; Huge device

The Roamio OTA is OK at what it does, but it's tough to set up and, considering fees, much more expensive than its $50 price tag lets on.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Jonathan Knoder (

TiVo Roamio OTA Review


Despite being designed to only record over-the-air content, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR has the capacity to record content from video and audio streaming services as well. It has four tuners, which let you record multiple shows at the same time, and it...

The TiVo Roamio OTA does not require any sort of subscription.

It can only capture OTA content or streamed video from services you have subscriptions to.

The TiVo Roamio OTA has multiple tuners and 1TB of storage, making it a decent option for a family, though it is somewhat limited in the variety of content it can record.

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: divewoot (

"Best way to cut the cord and be very happy doing it"


I am very happy with my Romio OTA box. I don't pay monthly fees since I have been a customer for many years and purchased lifetime service in the past that I have used to upgrade to this latest model. IMO TiVo has treated their loyal customers well....

easy sleek interface - lifetime service for longtime customers

small disk size with factory 500G HDD

Oct, 2014