TiVo have launched their fifth generation of Digital Video Recorders called "Roamio" As the name implies one of the key benefits is the ability for your content to roam with you by streaming content to your iOS devices
TiVo have been around since 1997 and pretty much invented the Digital Video Recorder (as many court cases have shown) Their latest family of DVR's are called "Roamio" and come in three different models:
- The standard Roamio costs $199 and has four tuners and a 500GB hard drive for up to 75 hours of HD recordings.
- Roamio Plus costs $399 but has 6 tuners and a 1TB hard drive for 150 hours of HD.
- Roamio Pro costs $599 and has 6 tuners and a 3TB hard drive for up to 450 hours of HD.
- Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro have internet streaming built in but it will not available at launch, it's "coming soon" in a firmware update. The standard Roamio model is compatible with TiVo Stream, an external streaming device.
The entire user interface has been rewritten as HTML5 and promises to be "twice as fast" as the previous models with a TiVo app store coming soon to provide modules for the interface.
As well as being able to search and record from your cable provider TiVo Roamio can access streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and integrate everything into a single system.
"While so many people love TV, they have no idea what TiVo can do for their love of TV. TiVo Roamio is so much more than just the best DVR, it's for people who are all about loving their TV -- that's why we call our latest offering Roamio," said Tom Rogers, TiVo's President and CEO. "Now, wherever you roam your TiVo Roamio is there. In the next room, in the kitchen, in a hotel room across the world -- connecting you right to your living room TV recordings, so you can get them immediately wherever you are. Moreover, you can get all your regular cable channels, the best DVR features available, all combined with favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube in one box, using one remote. With up to six tuners, tons more space to record your shows so on those Sunday nights when all the great TV is on you can capture it to watch throughout the week. Take every box or device out there -- Roku, Apple TV, Slingbox, Google TV, your standard cable box -- all rolled into one. This is quite simply the best TiVo we have ever made and is truly for people who love TV."
TiVo Roamio is available now from TiVo, Best Buy and Amazon.