TiVo has introduced a new version of its acclaimed Roamio DVR specifically aimed at consumers without pay-TV services.
TiVo's website is promoting its over-the-air version of the Roamio DVR. (Screenshot: TiVo)
Retailing for $49.99, and requiring a $14.99 monthly subscription fee, TiVo's Roamio OTA digital video recorder can record up to 75 hours of HD programming from a separately sold broadcast TV antenna.
The four-tuner DVR includes no cable card, but it does feature the standard assortment of online video apps from companies like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Hulu and YouTube.
The device, which will be available exclusively at select Best Buy stores starting Sept. 14, also includes an Ethernet connection, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and TiVo's proprietary program search technology.
"Many top TV shows in America are available with a simple HD antenna," said TiVo CMO Ira Bahr, in a statement. "TiVo is devoted to making the best possible cable TV user experience available through our operator partners and in retail, but we recognize some viewers opt not to receive the benefits a subscription with a cable provider offers. TiVo Roamio OTA makes sure that they too can get a best in class DVR experience through an antenna, including our world renowned interface and industry defining recording capability at our most affordable price point ever."
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