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TiVo Relying on Roamio for Blowout Holiday Season

TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO  ) shares have gone nowhere over the past year, while the S&P 500 has notched a 25% gain. Shareholders are hoping the company turns it around with a solid holiday quarter, led by the promising new TiVo Roamio product line.

The high-margin Roamio can record up to six shows at once and integrates well with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad and iPhone. Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore chatted with TiVo's Seana Norvell at the recent CES Unveiled event in New York City. In this video, Norvell demonstrates the Roamio's features and why Apple owners should enjoy the DVR.

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  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 5:56 AM, malcomeggs wrote:

    ..aggressive pricing on last year's Premier model got me to crack open my checkbook. Roamio is amazing but priced to boot. I'll pick up, the Stream unit after Christmas and get all the roamio functionality, thank you very much.

    Still long the stock.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 3:04 PM, TiimmyTivo wrote:

    Why would anyone want to lay out $1000 for a DVR that does the same thing they can get for free from DirecTV or Dish?

    Not to mention, no hardware to own,No Cable Card, tuning adapter, installation, upgrade or retun hassles.

    Nobody but a VERY small set of followers is going to lay out HUNDREDS of $ and still have to pay HUNDREDS of $ in "service" fees.

    This retail model has never worked and it never will. I don't care how good the hardware is percieved to be, YOU CAN'T COMPETE WITH FREE!!!

    Why is this so hard for everyone to understand?

    Still short the stock.

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2013, at 10:51 AM, TMFLomax wrote:


    I was a TiVo user for about 10 years and then decided to try the Comcast DVR. How bad could it be? I wondered. Oh, it's BAD. Compared to TiVo, it was a ridiculously backward piece of non-user friendly junk.

    So, 2 months after trying that "free" piece of junk, I'm back with TiVo and now have a new Roamio as of yesterday. You CAN compete with free if you're offering a far better product -- in TiVo's case, though, the unfortunate part is that it's likely not enough people realize there is a MUCH better product out there. Like, an *exponentially* better product. I think old-school TiVo users are going to be particularly hyper-aware of the difference, so it's a matter of getting the word out that there IS a better alternative. I was hyper-aware of the difference with a lousy 2 month experience with the cable-provided DVR.

    I'm not sure how DirecTV or Dish stack up given features and functionality, but given the Comcast DVR I tried and the Verizon version I've seen, there is some seriously awful "free" DVR junk out there that certainly doesn't unlock all the promise of the things you can do with digital entertainment these days. Ridiculous.

    Just wanted to add some two cents about the fact that with "free," you often get what you paid for. (And I don't see anywhere near a $1000 price tag for Roamio, btw. They're very reasonably priced, particularly the basic model.)


  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2013, at 2:21 PM, TiimmyTivo wrote:

    Let's compare the 6 tuner, whole home Genie from DirecTV to the TiVo Romeo.

    The Genie has 6 tuners, is whole home and can stream to an Apple or andriod device.

    Cost is FREE.

    Let's compare a 3 TV setup.

    The basic Romeo has 4 tuners so I don't consider that a fair comparison since 99% of DVR users only care about how many shows their newfangled "Tapleless VCR" can record at once.

    The "Basic 6 tuner Romio" sells for $400.

    Only provides a signal to ONE TV.

    For "whole home" in a three TV home you need to buy 2 "Minis" at $100 each.

    So, we're at $600 without "service fees" $800 if you go with the TiVo Pro which has the same HD capacity as the Genie.

    So now that you have you're hardware it's only the beginning with TiVo. You still have to buy "service" for it to work.

    "Lifetime" service on a Romio runs $400

    "Lifetime" service on a Mini runs $100 ea.

    That's $1200 for the Plus $1400 for the Pro.

    All upfront. All you get is a brick until you pay up front.

    Then add in your Cable Card Fee, Tuning adapter hassle, software Issues that have been well documented and the fact that you OWN it (your out $1200 - $1400 if it breaks or you want to replace it)

    So, tell me. How many people are going to lay out $1200 - $1400 for a " Tapeless VCR" in this economy when they can get a Genie (or Hopper) for Free from their Cable provider?

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 10:37 AM, AndreWilliamson wrote:

    Alyce was focused on functionality.

    There's a market for the best product, whether it makes sense to you or not. It's just the way it is.

    Besides, the price point range is fairly wide.

    At one end, there's the [straw man] set up you're calling for. At the other, there's a simple Roamio set up that works out to under $100 per year (entry Roamio + lifetime + rabbit ears) ... 5 to 10 times cheaper than cable.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 5:01 PM, z06forum wrote:

    if your using Direct TV, or local Cable DVR you are most likely paying for Tivo Dummy.The local provider has to pay TIVO for that in essence charging you.. Check your bill for the rental fee.

    TIVO is the only single remote access to both Cable and Web. if your using what people are calling "Free" they need to check and actually read their cable bill!! You actually are renting by the month and long term paying more for getting less.

    Pay once with Tivo and never rent again.

  • Report this Comment On December 27, 2013, at 3:53 PM, TiimmyTivo wrote:

    Just to keep this thread "honest". Andre and Z06 are long time TiVo "investors".

    They can attack the poster, but notice how they can't refute the facts.

    Anyone can get a 6 tuner, whole home, streaming DVR Genie for FREE with a simple phone call.

    DISH has an even better DVR for free, but don't know the montly service fee.

    With DirecTV, You can negotiate the monthly fee down to as low as $6 a month.

    No cable cards, no tuning adapters, no installation problems, no hardware to worry about failing, no buggy software..

    Those are all cold hard facts. Something the "investors" avoid at all costs.

    Still short the stock.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:27 PM, Legend4111 wrote:

    First off, Tivo is available in both 4 & 6 tuner models. Cable company DVR's are junk compared to Tivo, if you've actually used a Tivo before, you would know this is a no-brainer.

    Next, Tivo will only work on cable & OTA. DirectTV offers their own Tivo, which they sell to customers (a crippled version because Direct doesn't want the competition; they only offer it because their customers asked for it for years after they took it away). Dish Network has the hopper.

    If you want to compare Tivo to the hopper... well the hopper is another monthly fee and only available if you choose Dish Network. The hopper is advertised as though it has 6 tuners, "record up to six shows". It doesn't. It only has 3. The six shows at once is only because with "primetime anytime" enabled it uses 1 tuner to record the grouped stream of the 4 local networks, cbs, nbc, fox, abc...then the hopper splits the recordings. So that leaves 2 other tuners available for other channels. Otherwise u can only record up to 3 channels at once.

    Tivo Roamio can record 4 or 6 (depending on the model you purchase) on any channel you want.

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