I’ve had occasional log-in problems or unspecified errors, but the feature’s great when it does work. There’s no awkward on-screen remote with TiVo. I simply tap the show I want and hit “Watch Now.” I caught up on “American Horror Story” that way this weekend.
The feature requires a $400 Roamio Plus or $600 Roamio Pro. With basic and older models, you need a separate TiVo Stream device for $130.
(starts at $8 a month):
Aereo offers television over the Internet for a monthly fee, with no wiring or satellite dish involved. Aereo’s data centers have thousands of dime-sized antennas. You’re temporarily assigned one to record your show. Aereo streams it to your computer, phone or tablet. You can watch shows live, too.
Enjoy it while you can: Broadcasters are trying to shut it down because Aereo doesn’t pay licensing fees, the way cable and satellite providers do. Aereo argues that because each person is assigned an antenna, it’s akin to having your own antenna at home picking up free signals. Aereo has prevailed in court so far, but the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court.
Aereo is currently available in fewer than a dozen markets, including New York, Boston, Houston and Atlanta. It plans to expand to more cities in the coming months. Subscribers are limited to channels in their markets, so it’s good if you’re at work or visiting family a few towns over. Your stations and recorded shows are inaccessible when you leave your home metro area — unless you lie and bypass Aereo’s location check.
Another downside: You’re limited to over-the-air channels plus the Bloomberg TV financial channel. There’s no CNN, no Discovery, no HBO.
The base subscription lets you record one show at a time and store up to 20 hours. You get two shows and 60 hours for $12 a month.