You can get a digital video recorder from your cable company. Want to watch something on Netflix or Hulu Plus? There's Apple TV or Roku. And SlingBox lets you access your home-TV service from anywhere over the Internet.
Now there's a single device that does all of the above: the Roamio, from DVR pioneer TiVo. There's much to like about it; the question is whether its slick capabilities are worth the hefty cost and the hassles inflicted by cable companies.
The Roamio comes in three versions. I tested the top-of-the-line Pro model, which costs $600, can record up to six programs at one time and stores a whopping 450 hours of high-definition digital video.
There's also a $400 version, the Plus, with the same six tuners but a 150-hour capacity, and a $200, four-tuner model that stores 75 hours and lacks some advanced features. All require the TiVo service, which costs $15 a month or $500 for a lifetime subscription, on top of your cable bill.
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