TiVo is selling a new DVR for people who don’t have a pay-TV service such as cable or satellite TV, which could provide an additional tool for cord-cutters, Bloomberg reports.
“The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR can record content from broadcast networks including ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as stream Internet video from Netflix and YouTube, according to a statement [Monday]. The device costs $49.99 with service fees of $14.99 per month and a one-year commitment, and will be available at Best Buy stores starting Sept. 14,” the story notes.
TiVo called the device “simple, brilliant and legal.”
The device is reminiscent of Aereo, which used small antennas to record and stream broadcast programming for customers, but which suffered a setback two months ago when the Supreme Court ruled that the service violated the broadcasters’ copyrights.
“What Aereo’s product demonstrated was that there are large numbers of people who are interested in addressing this market,” TiVo chief marketing officer Ira Bahr told Bloomberg. “With this Aereo ruling, they were left stranded. We think that TiVo is an excellent solution for anyone who was looking for that kind of product.”
A spokesman for TiVo said the service is legal because it captures and records content through in-home devices.
“The technology is not anything new,” the spokesman said. “We never had legal challenges regarding recording content in the home for an individual consumer.”