With every signal-disrupting thunderstorm, I consider even stronger the possibility of cutting out television entirely. I like DirecTV quite a bit (definitely much more than my current cable option), but that’s both irritating and a disruption to my freelance writing career. After all, you can’t write about TV if you can’t watch TV. However, my satellite comes with a DVR, which is a really handy tool to have when you’ve got lots of programs and lots of options all on at the same time. Those who have cut the cable don’t have that luxury, particularly if they lean on satellite television for their local programming.
Enter TiVo, the original DVR company, who have a solution. The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR is a $50 DVR with four tuners designed to record antenna television. The Roamio packs in four tuners and a 500GB hard drive, meaning you can record about 75 hours of HD television. As if that wasn’t enough, it also retains TiVo’s streaming media interfaces for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video, to further make life easier for the cord-cutters. It still has a $15-per-month TiVo subscription fee, but that’s a small price to pay for a high-tech VCR replacement capable of recording four programs at once.Technorati Tags: $50 dvr from tivo, antenna television, cheap tivo dvr for antenna users, DVR, ota tv, over-the-air television, roamio, tivo, tivo roamio, TiVo Roamio OTA DVR