TiVo is officially taking the wraps of its latest family of Wi-Fi enabled DVRs today dubbed “Roamio”, which appear to be replacing the company’s high-end Premiere offerings. In addition to inking some new deals with cable providers and redesigning its interface, TiVo is adding a ton of features with the new boxes, including a number of streaming options and support for the DIAL protocol (the same one used by Chromecast) for streaming and controlling apps like Netflix from mobile devices.
Six built-in tuners allow the device to record all your favorite shows at once. It is also moving to a new HTML5 engine for a smoother native app experience and introducing an “out-of-home” streaming feature that will launch for iPhone and iPad later this year.
The new out-of-home streaming feature will also be coming to TiVo’s existing TiVo Stream product, and for Roamio boxes will require at least the mid-range $399 model. There are three unique Roamio devices ranging from $199 to $599 with the big difference being storage for recorded shows. The entry level TiVo Roamio allows for 75 HD hours of recordings while the ultimate model, Roamio Pro, has room for 450 HD hours. It’s important to note that owners of the basic Roamio will need to add a TiVo Stream ($98) to their setup to watch content on mobile devices outside of their home. Each model is now available at Amazon, TiVo.com, and Best Buy. TiVo service runs $15/month with a 1-year contract or $500 for the lifetime of the device. For more information head over to TiVo’s website here.
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