Thanks to a stellar network of sources and community sleuthing, we pretty much nailed the TiVo Roamio ahead of launch. However, TiVo did manage to surprise us with one very significant upcoming feature and two other interesting points.
Your TiVo Is Your Slingbox!
The higher-end 6-tuner TiVo Roamio Plus and Pro models will take their integrated Stream capabilities on their road, enabling out-of-home streaming over WiFi (versus cellular). Both live television and DVR recordings look to be covered, other than our restricted channels — which hopefully don’t expand in count. TiVo indicates this feature is “coming soon” …
No Love For Android
Unfortunately, we were somewhat surprised to see those very same Stream-capable Roamio units launch without Android support. AllThingsD reports Android support is expected either later this year or early 2014. Which, as a Galaxy Note 2 and Kindle Fire HD owner, is coincidentally when I’ll consider upgrading my Lifetimed Premiere Elite.
Live TV Is Alive And Well
While old-timers may have some difficulty adjusting to new remote button positioning, the relocated and enlarged Guide button, (along with “What to Watch Now”) suggests live TV viewing is alive and well amongst DVR owners. And we suspect TiVo will further tap into this resurgence of appointment TV via and given second screen social media.