The new DVR, called the Roamio, will offer users more options for recording TV. There are three different models of the Romanio; The low-end model can store 75 hours of TV and can record 4 different channels at the same time, but it can’t hook up to Wi-Fi; the mid-range model can store 150 hours of TV, can record six channels at the same time, can connect to Wi-Fi and can stream stored videos to iPhones and iPads, but it requires a $15 a month service fee; the high-end model offers the same abilities as the mid-range model, but it can store up to 450 hours of TV. The Roamio can also be hooked up to TiVo Minis, $100 plus a $6 monthly service fee, so that people can watch different shows in different rooms at the same time, reports the Associated Press.
The Roamio won’t stream or allow for download any content that comes from premium channels, such as HBO or Showtime.
“What TiVo is doing here is pressing home their advantage. That is, they know TV,” Colin Dixon, chief analyst at nScreen Media, told the Associated Press. “What they are doing here is actually very difficult for anybody else.”