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Tivo Roamio or ChannelMaster for DVR

stingygrrl 534 161 October 30, 2015 at 07:12 AM
Hi
which is easier for newbs and non-techy family to use?

also, we mostly watch network tv, but some news channels like HGTV, CNN or CNBC (Bloomberg). I think ChannelMaster can get those via sling, but Tivo cannot. Is that right? We'd like to set it and have it automatically record all new episodes for show.

or do we connect a roku to a different tv input for sling?

we don't watch sports or movie channels

which is a good indoor antenna - any under $20? we're within 5 miles of towers supposedly.

please help us set up the right product.

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Are you paying for TV, going to continue paying for TV or plan on getting an antenna for OTA?

A DVR records shows that you receive, this means that you'll need to pay the cable company for the network channels to record them. As for if either DVR can run apps like Sling TV, you'll have to check that specific DVR. Note that the DVR will not be able to record these shows that you receive over Sling TV, you'll have to watch them live.

You can always get a Roku or alternative for Sling TV, but it will not record the shows off Sling TV like a DVR that receives the channels from a cable company will.

Antennas really come down to trial an error. Check your location at TV Fool [tvfool.com], note the distance and if you'll need a UHF/VHF antenna or just UHF.
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Tivo is the gold standard in terms of DVR but they require a subscription I am pretty sure yet to get the data. No idea bout the other.
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Go for the TiVo Roamio OTA with lifetime subscription for $300: http://slickdeals.net/f/8170612-tivo-roamio-ota-hd-dvr-w-lifetime-device-subscription-300-free-shipping
You can use hulu+ or netflix for other content that isn't OTA

If you don't mind spending more ($299 + subscription), the TiVo Bolt has some very nice features and supports cable card so you can use it with or without cable. You can also use the Bolt with a TiVo mini for multi-room/tv viewing.

Most antennas would probably work fine but if you want specific recommendations, punch your address into TV Fool and post a link to the results (only shows your zip code).
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Last edited by jkee October 30, 2015 at 06:03 PM
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