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Roamio - Cable and OTA?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by eaglestvo, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. jonra

    jonra New Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    I was about to buy a Roamio thinking it handled both over the air and cable like my tivo HDs & premiere. Our cable signal does go out from time to time, however over the air always works. If one over the air ever goes out, all the others are working.

    Perhaps Tivo will make available a new model as nice and fast as the Roamio with both over the air and cable down the road, then I'll buy.

    The Tivos I already have do everything we enjoy, other that not as fast as the Roamio, does not stream with TivoHDs, and channel change is a little slow... other than that, no reason for me to upgrade...
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  2. A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud Active Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    About the only other thing you can do is to buy 2 Roamios, use 1 on cable an the other OTA only and sell your older boxes to help offset the cost.
  3. jdndnlk

    jdndnlk New Member

    Feb 5, 2014
    Does anyone know why Tivo decided to not support OTA on the higher end Roamios? and only either/or with cable on the lower end unit? Will they ever offer it? I'm dying to move away from Dish to Comcast with Tivo but the non-support for OTA kills it for me.
  4. JohnnyO

    JohnnyO Crimper

    Nov 3, 2002
    I don't think TiVo has divulged a reason, but two possibilities have been tossed around the forums that make sense to me:

    1) Technical reason: The Roamio Basic has a 4 tuner capability. The higher end units have 6 tuners. No manufacturer has come out with a 6 tuner device that can do OTA. Either/or was probably cheaper to maintain from a software perspective too.

    2) Marketing reason: Most OTA people are cord cutters. I think the supposition was that OTA folks were looking to save money, therefore, would be less likely to buy the more expensive devices.

    I, too, took advantage of using BOTH my cable input from Comcast AND my OTA input in a blended fashion on my TiVoHD. I still decided to move to Roamio for the benefits of speed, etc. I went with Roamio Basic. I have migrated my antenna input to go direct to my TV, so I have a fallback, but without any DVR capability.

    Some in the forums have purchased two Roamios -- one for Cable, one for OTA. The ability to inexpensively add larger hard drives to the Roamio's, and the good streaming options between them makes this an acceptable solution for some.

  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I do not believe TiVo has ever made an "Official" statement. There has been some speculation but it is unlikely that any of the persons who know for sure are posting here. The speculation pretty much revolves around availability of parts (like there isn't any 4 or 6 tuner combined use OTA/Cable tuners for TiVo to buy) or that TiVos is providing cable companies what they want first and then providing stand alone products based on those designs. In any event it really doesn't matter the last TiVo that can do OTA & Cable at the same time was/is the dual tuner Premiere and that is not likely to change.
  6. jdndnlk

    jdndnlk New Member

    Feb 5, 2014
    Thanks guys, very informative but no less disappointing for those of us who would just like to have it high tech and 'have it all'.

    Would you happen to know what I would need to get from Tivo (Pro and what else?) and Comcast to replace the system I have now which is a Hopper (which randomly and inexplicably shuts itself off - not for the daily update but usually in the middle of something we are watching) and 3 Joeys?

    Your help is greatly appreciated. :up: Thanks, Jim
  7. mpaquette

    mpaquette New Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    South Carolina
    I've always wondered why TiVo doesn't make an external OTA add-on tuner that could be used with any Roamio model. That way if you want OTA, buy the external tuner and add it to any Roamio.

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