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Getting the Most from Roamio

To use Roamio to record OTA programming, you need to connect the box to a digital antenna. This can be a simple set top antenna or a larger antenna in your attic or mounted on your roof. Once connected, you should be able to receive any local television station within broadcast distance, including your local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS affiliates. You’ll receive not only the station’s main channel, but also any digital subchannels – which means you’ll probably be betting MeTV, Antenna TV, and similar channels, where available.

You’ll also have to connect Roamio to your home’s wireless network, via WiFi. (You can also connect to your router via Ethernet, if you like.) Once connected, you’ll be able to stream programming from

Both the Roamio and Roamio OTA feature the same easy-to-use graphical interface. You can search for programming across all your local channels (including digital subchannels) and even across Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming video services.

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Roamio interface consolidates programming across all available sources.

What’s really nifty is that Roamio searches all available sources simultaneously. All matching programs are listed, no matter the source. So you’ll see matching shows from Netflix right alongside programs from ABC, NBC, and other network channels. Roamio does a great job of consolidating all available viewing choices without separating them into broadcast and Internet baskets.

Roamio’s program guide lists programs up to 14 days in advance and supplements the guide with programming from web-based streaming services. As with all TiVo devices, Roamio will even suggest programs you might like, based on your viewing history.

And here’s something else. You can use Roamio in conjunction with a TiVo Stream device ($129.99, sold separately) to stream both live and recorded programs from Roamio to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device, over WiFi. You can even use TiVo stream to download recorded programs to your portable devices, for viewing when you’re away from home.

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