One of the biggest sticking points that keeps people from cutting cable out of their lives is the cable company-provided DVR, and all the time shifting convenience that comes with it. But if you’re committed to cutting the cord, here’s a great deal on a better alternative.
The TiVo Roamio OTA is the TiVo box you know and love, but designed specifically for users of HDTV antennas. The box itself retails for $50, but the rub is that it comes saddled with a $15 monthly service fee. Today on Amazon though, you can get the box plus lifetime (of the box, not of you) service for a single, upfront $300 fee. That’s a hefty investment, but it’ll pay for itself in 17 months compared to committing to a monthly fee.
I use an older TiVo Premiere (also with lifetime service) with my HDTV antenna, and I love that it allows me to save shows like Colbert and Jeopardy (yeah, I watch Jeopardy) that aren’t available on Hulu. Plus, recording over the antenna means I can skip commercials, and won’t eat into my monthly data cap. [TiVo Roamio OTA HD DVR with Product Lifetime Service, $300]
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