Advertisements Well, today I shipped off the only TiVo I've ever had to a new owner across the country. It was the original 500 GB model TiVo Roamio OTA with lifetime service. I was reading posts on this site before I bought it new from TiVo on one of their super-secret short-term sales back in early May 2015. Paid $327.74 including tax for it. (Thanks to whoever tipped me off on that sale!) I was drawn to TiVo because I wanted to join the cord-cutting trend but still wanted a high-quality DVR for free OTA TV. I found myself watching very little on DirecTV satellite other than the major local networks, plus Showtime and HBO, which as of spring 2015 were becoming available as standalone streaming services. I decided I'd rather spend money on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime than on basic cable. I liked the concept of TiVo's OnePass that promised to unify OTA recordings with content from streaming services. Unfortunately, it didn't work quite as well in practice as in theory, but (once I got over the initial learning curve due to differences in the way TiVo works versus every other DVR I'd used before) I always found my Roamio to be excellent in its core DVR functionality. Over time, however, I gave up on using it as a streaming box. Until just recently, I had been using apps built into my 2016 LG smart TV where available and then turning to an old Apple TV 3 (which I sold a few months back) or a new Roku Express for apps missing from the TV. Since I began subscribing to Hulu's $12 ad-free on-demand service many months ago, I found myself using the TiVo less and less, although there were still some things such as news shows and PBS shows that I liked having an OTA DVR for. But for the most part, stuff I watch on local networks is available on Hulu, usually with better HD picture quality. And since the TiVo had problems reliably tuning in my local ABC channel (due to multipath reception issues, not the TiVo's fault, really), I needed Hulu anyhow. (Plus Hulu offers lots of other content from cable channels, original series, movies, etc.) Back in December, I saw that Tablo was selling refurbished units of their 2-tuner network OTA DVR for $100. It came with their same 12-month warranty as new units and I've had good luck with manufacturer refurbished stuff in the past, so I bit. I decided I'd rather sell my TiVo with lifetime and use the cheaper Tablo, and set up simple manual recordings for free, foregoing the cost of Tablo program guide service. I found a used Apple Time Capsule (network hard drive) on craigslist for $15 (works great!), which allowed me to switch my existing Hitachi 500 GB USB hard drive from backup duty on my iMac to use with the new Tablo instead. And as the centerpiece of my new set-up, I got a new Apple TV 4K. (I signed up and prepaid for four months of DirecTV Now for $140 plus tax and got the ATV4K for free; they go for $180 at retail.) For a couple years, I thought my ultimate long-term TV solution would involve an Android TV box, maybe the Nvidia Shield TV, with some kind of OTA DVR solution plugging into that. But the Apple TV 4K, IMO, offers a better user experience and has important features I want that the Shield TV doesn't have, such as Dolby Vision HDR, automatic frame rate matching (24p, 30p, 60p), and automatic dynamic range matching. And Apple's TV app offers a really nice way to keep track of what to watch across different apps. The Tablo app on the Apple TV works well. It's not, in some ways, as good as the TiVo for OTA DVR but I love the fact that my recordings are in just another app on the same box that I use for just about everything else, with the same playback UI and controls as on Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, etc. (I do still use the internal tuner in the LG TV for channel surfing live OTA TV, as the Tablo doesn't really allow for that.) After eBay, PayPal and FedEx fees, I netted $259.39 on the sale of the Roamio OTA. So that works out to spending about $2.13 per month for the 32-month period that I used it. Meanwhile, the total cost for the Apple TV 4K (with four months of DirecTV Now, which I don't really care much about), the refurbished Tablo, plus the used Time Capsule hard drive came out to $265.79. I'll also sell the Roku Express since I no longer need it, so I should actually end up coming out slightly ahead money-wise on my new set-up versus the old one. Since streaming is what I mainly care about, I decided to switch from a first-class OTA DVR plus cheap streamer, to a first-class streamer plus less expensive OTA DVR. So far, I'm super happy with how it all works. (The video processing capabilities of the ATV4K are awesome and Apple has really sweated the UX details. It's just a pleasure to use, more so than any other video device I've ever had.) Once ATSC 3.0 launches here locally (probably in 2019), I may sell the Tablo and get a 3.0-compatible network tuner that can interface with the Apple TV 4K. We'll see. At any rate, I've enjoyed frequently visiting this site and interacting with all you other regulars over the past three years. And while I no longer belong to the ranks of TiVo owners, I do plan to keep dropping by!