The TiVo Roamio isn't for everyone. If you're satisfied with your existing cable box, if you are a dedicated Dish Network or DirecTV user, or if you've cut the cord and are no longer watching "channels" of anything, there's nothing to see here. But if you're a digital cable subscriber who wants a better interface, the ability to stream and download shows to iOS devices, and single-box access to numerous online streaming services, TiVo Roamio offers a premium TV viewing experience. It's the closest thing to a single, do-everything television box out there right now.
The $400 Roamio Plus is the sweet spot of this product line. Unless you live in a large house with lots of TV watchers, the TiVo Roamio Pro and its 3TB hard drive (and $200 larger price tag) is probably overkill. And unless you absolutely need an over-the-air tuner, the lower cost of the Roamio is mostly offset by the required $130 purchase of TiVo Stream if you want to stream videos to iOS devices.
Using TiVo isn't essential—it's a luxury item for people who don't want extra boxes and crappy interfaces. If you're one of those people (and I have to say, I think I am), Roamio is for you. Unless you can't handle Shakespeare puns—then you're entirely out of luck.
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