Ive been a Tivo user since the early 2000s. I have been on a Premiere XL4 for years with cable.
So much has changed with tech, tv service, and competition...
I am relocating to another part of the state, pondering my future with cable and also with Tivo. Wondering with all the streaming (I use my PS4 for amazon prime, netflix, hulu because the Tivo Premiere streaming apps are nearly impossible to use, I assume cause its old), how relevant the tivo is anymore.
I still think it's totally relevant.. That is, if you definitely want to see EVERY episode of a show you're interested in, and are interested in more than you can watch at any one time.
I will watch the commercial free streaming version of a show _if it's available there_ on the ones I currently subscribe to - Hulu, CBS All Access, and Amazon (but I haven't watched more than a smattering of eps of a show on Amazon in a while.. I mostly have it for prime, and I still think they're getting a way better deal. I order more stuff for my mom than for me)...
But I TIVO the show as "backup". Since shows do/have gone off of streaming before I watched them. NOT all seasons of a show are available. Many times, not even the entire current season is available.
Also, I know I'm an edge case, but I make HIGH use of QuickPlay, ESPECIALLY since the backdoor to greatly speed it up was leaked. I'll watch most talk/news shows 90% sped up (I listen to podcasts at 2x the vast majority of the time.. sometimes 1.5x if I'm biking or mowing, or if there's someone with a heavy accent)... Other reality/news at 70%.. that's for something a bit 'deeper' that I have to pay a bit more attention to. 50% is the minimum speedup I do (30% is the default for quickplay, not fast enough). Survivor and the Amazing Race I think are the only shows of any genre that I watch "mostly sped up" that I watch at 1x (though when survivor used to have the "remember the past contestants montage", I would speed up that segment). Even Jeopardy, which I love, I watch 50% sped up. (If I could watch 'normal' shows sped up, I probably would. SNL is the only one I nowadays watch sped up, but that's _instead_ of FF the minute a sketch isn't funny.)
You can't do sped up on ANY streaming service (before the 'backdoor', I would often download from my Tivo and watch in VLC since I could speed up faster).. and with the content timing out, having it on the Tivo (or downloaded to a hard drive) is good.
If you just want something to watch 'now' and aren't a completist, then yeah, you can probably "make do" with just streaming services.. and yes, I realize the world is moving that way too. I wish they would add sped-up (even if it was just 1.5x and 2x, that would be a good start).. then I would watch some of Gordon Ramsays old seasons I haven't watched yet.. (since my 'backup' recordings are often in SD..)
BTW, the reason I first got ANY streaming service beyond Amazon was ironically because the Tivo streaming doesn't work for me. I got Hulu so I could reliably watch shows at the gym. Tivo's streaming (with both separate Tivo Stream and the one built into my Roamio Pro) stops downloading or streaming after a minute or two very reliably.. and the few times I do supposedly get a full download, it will randomly 'pause' in the middle and/or give an error message, so I'm hosed anyway. I tried many times to get technical info to Tivo to help them debug this. I am almost 100% positive there's something to do with my setup that's causing the streaming box (either one) to CRASH on the stuff I record.. because after the stopped stream/download as mentioned before, it is not seeable from the Tivo app for many minutes.