Is there anything on the market that gives a Tivo-like experience for an over-the-air DVR without a

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Aplam, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Aplam

    Aplam New Member

    Jan 8, 2019
    So far I've explored live streaming and recording OTA broadcasts directly on my computer via an EyeTV (and using a Roku / Apple TV to get the content on my screen) and also a Simple.TV unit (w/Roku) ... and both solutions have come up short of perfect. Here's my current criticisms;

    Live TV support is laggy and can take a while to stabilize a decent quality stream.

    Channel switching is slow. Channel guides are kinda terrible.

    Forward/Reverse skipping is painful (can even lack preview frames showing you any info about where you are in the stream)
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    So why not use a TiVo for OTA? :) Not sure what the remainder of your subject line is supposed to be ("without a" what?).

    Saturn_V, wxfisch and krkaufman like this.
  3. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Kodi and (I think) Plex both have Live TV and DVR plug-ins available. I can't vouch for them, though.

  4. contsole

    contsole New Member

    Apr 5, 2010
    The old Premeire XL with 2 tuners works great with an antenna as does the modern Roamio OTA 1T 4 tuner unit. I have and use both. Friends always ask why don't I just stream? Obviously they have not experienced instantaneous rewind, fast forward, commercial skip and the entire "Tivo Experience."
  5. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    unclehonkey and krkaufman like this.
  6. vike

    vike New Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    Maybe it's genius, maybe it's just giving a damn about the experience, maybe (most likely) it's patents, but so far NO DVR-ish device that I've used or watched in use provides a "TiVo-like experience". Guides and apps and other doodads vary, and some DVRs (e.g., Xfinity X1) have gotten quite good, but when it comes to the viewing and playback control experience, comparing TiVo to anything else is like comparing a sports car to a riding mower.

    Given that, I always recommended the Roamio OTA to cord-cutters, especially when it hit $400 (and often less) all-in. For $100 more All-In, I guess the Bolt OTA is a fair enough replacement, and at $70/yr. for a combined service and protection plan (replacing a broken unit for $50+tax&shipping), even the subscription makes sense given the half-price cost up front ($250). Given the TiVo's overwhelmingly superior user experience and "it just works" pre-configured package, I still think it's the best value in OTA DVRs or build-it-yourself solutions. Unless you're the kind of inveterate tinkerer who loves building and tweaking your own setup, just buy a TiVo. Seriously.

    Slightly off topic, it's probably worth mentioning that CABLE TiVos are another matter. Given the more than doubled cost for the service/protection package ($150/yr) and the ready availability of nicely-integrated DVR solutions in most high-end cable packages, TiVo's value has become rather doubtful. The best I can say is it's an affordable luxury, but if you're even idly pondering cutting the cord, it's a very questionable investment. If spending a few hundred up front and half that again every year for the service contract on an improved DVR is an ignorable expense for your household, enjoy - it's just unlikely to be worth it for most folks.
  7. jon doe

    jon doe New Member

    Feb 15, 2019
    milwaukee, wi
    If you have a windows 7 or 8 computer with media center... Similar DVR experience, but with the extra computer/laptop overhead. Windows 7 program guide is good until Jan 2020, Win 8 until 2023, I think.
    Wish Tivo could somehow reduce lifetime and annual subs. Great product but seams to be getting less and less competitive. Maybe when their DVR patents run out, competition voids will fill in.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2019

Share This Page