Many families have "cut the cord," dropping cable or satellite and now watching local channels in High Definition via an antenna, then streaming movies from Netflix.
Only problem: You have to give up your cable company's DVR when you do that, which can be quite a shock.
If you want to record a WCPO 9 on Your Side program, for instance, you would need to use an old fashioned VCR, with its poor videotape quality, or some very simple analog DVR's sold at Amazon and Walmart.
TiVo Fills a Need
But TiVo, the original DVR, has just released a new device called the TiVo Roamio (pronounced "Romeo"), which gives you a full High Definition digital DVR without cable or satellite. It is available at TiVo's website.
- The Roamio will record local, over-the-air stations from your antenna to watch later.
- It will also record streaming shows from Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix, if you stream video online.
It costs $50 upfront (much less than the original TiVo's $200), but you will have to pay $15 a month for the service.
But if you don't have cable, and want the benefit of a DVR, this may be the device you have been waiting for.
As always, don't waste your money.
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