TiVo Roamio Pro is an alternative DVR that works with your digital cable subscription. It can record up to 6 shows at once, and has enough internal storage for 450 hours of HD quality video. It also has a much better user interface than standard DVRs from cable companies.
In addition to the standard DVR capabilities, it also has apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon, and sports apps like MLB. It has a unified search that can find content across live TV, recorded shows, and streaming apps. It can search based on keywords and even by actor or director. TiVo Roamio Pro also can play videos, music, and photos from your own collection.
TiVo Roamio Pro also allows you to watch live TV from a remote location over the internet. It can be scheduled remotely, and can transfer and download recorded content to a mobile device. It supports Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, has built-in Wi-Fi, and has the option of expanding storage to 1 TB with an external drive.
Replacing your cable company's DVR with TiVo won't eliminate an extra service cost, though. The Roamio Pro costs $599.99 for the DVR, and there's a $14.99 monthly cost with a 1-year commitment. TiVo also offers the option of paying a one-time fee of $499.99 to eliminate the monthly payment for the lifetime of the device. TiVo also has other set top boxes with less features at lower price points.