No Tivo in the Hardware section of the Cord-Cutting Guide

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I love the Cord-cutting Guide but don't see TiVo listed in the Hardware section. I've been using a TiVo series 3 HD along with Time-Warner Cable for 6 years now and have watched my cable bill go up every year. I decided to hook an antenna into my TiVo along with cable and now I get about 30 more channels (about half HD) and the picture quality is better! TiVo does a nice job of integrating the channels and does provide 2 weeks worth of programming for both cable and antenna.

I'm thinking of upgrading to the new TiVo Roamio but would like to see it included in the hardware comparison to see how it stacks up against the others before I do that.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Leah

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Hiya,

We don't capture the TiVo in the Cord-Cutting guide because by itself, it's not something that allows one to get rid of cable. It would fall under the umbrella of "antenna" (http://sidereel.com/topic/cord-cuttin...), which can be supplemented by any kind of digital converter and/or recorder box, which is how TiVo's existing line and the upcoming Roamio would be be classified.

Hope that helps!
Leah
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Thanks for the quick response, Leah. TiVo and other DVR makers are able to do more than just record OTA, cable and satellite. Yes, I have unplugged the Time-Warner cable from my TiVo on a trial basis and have been able to watch and record OTA channels via an antenna hook up. (Surprisingly, the OTA picture and sound quality were both better than cable.) But, I have also viewed movies and TV shows by accessing Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant through my TiVo. Granted this was not as seamless as I would like but my understanding is that the TiVo Roamio handles this much better than my old Series 3 HD. I will find out when the Roamio I ordered arrives later this week.

I also have Apple TV and am not finding a lot of difference in what I am able to access through it and the TiVo. I have also used the TiVo To Go app on my Mac to save and convert movies and TV shows for viewing on my iPhone and iPad which works great for viewing travelogues of places around the world as I am visiting them.

Sadly, neither TiVo nor any of the devices you've listed do a good job of integrating all possible methods of acquiring media to watch. I'm hoping SideReel will be able to help in that area. I'm in the early stages of pulling the plug so I'm still learning and appreciate all your website has to offer.
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We're just getting more info about the TiVo Roamio today, and based on what we've seen (namely, that you'll be able to watch recorded TV remotely via wifi), it certainly merits inclusion on the list!

Thanks for letting us know; we'll be doing more research over the next few days and hope to have it up soon!