TiVo With ATSC 3.0

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Jim1348, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Jim1348

    Jim1348 Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2015


    I did some searches here and I see that there are some threads discussing ATSC 3.0. Is the general consensus that TiVo will continue to make devices with OTA tuners in the future?

    I recall some mention of an ATSC 3.0 adapter, too, for legacy devices. I generally don't like using adapters for things of that nature, but I will wait and see what transpires.

    I also gather that broadcasters will transmit in legacy ATSC for quite some time after adding ATSC 3.0, so there probably won't be a huge rush for a lot of us. I suspect many people here have heard the old saying how early adopters pay a price. I probably am not willing to be an early adopter and pay that price! I still like following the changes, however.
  2. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2015
    So long as TiVo continues to make DVRs for the consumer market, one would expect that they'll continue to make DVRs for OTA TV. (Note that a lot is in flux with the company right now as it plans to separate into two different units in 2020, while also trying to delve further into streaming with their TiVo+ service and an upcoming Android TV stick.)

    As for the discussion surrounding TiVo's future embrace of ATSC 3.0, it's better to read and post on this thread:
    TiVo ATSC 3.0
  3. barb1948

    barb1948 Willing

    Oct 14, 2007
    Boulder, CO
    Wonder if someone can help. I currently have COmcast and would like to lower my costs, by cutting the cord.
    I only want a few network Local stations and Netflix and Amazon prime, and maybe PBS.
    I know I can get locals channels with an antenna. Netflix and Prime I can subscribe to.

    Now I have a Tivo Roamio Plus with Lifetime sitting in my closet, and trying to figure out how to use the Tivo to cut the cord. But I read that I need a tivo that has an ATSC tuner. Does my Roamio have that?
    Based on this info, can anyone tell me the best set-up for me? Im a senior citizen, so dont assume I know everything Tivo
    Thank you Very much.. Barb
  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Perhaps the best, cheapest option: a TiVo Roamio OTA (over-the-air signal) refurbished box, from WeaKnees.com, a well-regarded TiVo specialist company (which actually sells more TiVo gear than TiVo does!). Unfortunately, your current TiVo Roamio box does not have, as you suspected, the needed tuners for OTA signal. But with Lifetime on it, it still is very marketable, and could be sold on eBay, etc. to cover much of the cost of your new TiVo box!

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  5. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2015


    Yeah, as Mikeguy said above, your TiVo Roamio Plus won't work with an antenna to tune in and record your local stations. That model TiVo only works with cable.

    But your Roamio Plus with Lifetime can be sold if you want to do that. Looks like those units are getting around $275 (including shipping costs) on eBay lately. If you don't want to fool with eBay, then you could try selling it locally on Craigslist, Facebook, Next Door, etc., although you may not sell for quite as much that way.

    The money you get from selling the Roamio Plus could be put toward buying a TiVo Roamio OTA at the link Mikeguy posted. It sells for $299. But before you buy it, you should make sure that you get good antenna reception for all of the local channels you care about.

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