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Level 9

Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

I was wondering if Roku has any plans to release a Roku Player model that incorporates built in Tuners with DVR capabilities?   I currently am using the Tablo Quad DVR which is pretty nifty for local OTA viewing and recording.  The HDHomerun is another similar option.  With it you do not need an antenna for every tv in the home as it uses your network connection for signal transmission.  You do still need an antenna to receive the signals for the main box.

I was thinking it would be a great opportunity for Roku to come up with their own little device that has similar functions.   4(or more) tuners, internal HD or ext USB connected HD storage for DVR storage, etc. all part of a Roku box.  At this point it would be better to wait and incorporate ATSC 3.0 tuners.

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Level 14

Re: Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

I doubt it. The future is streaming, not something with a tuner. More and more cable systems are moving to IPTV, which either uses custom streaming boxes, or cable boxes with built-in cable modems. Same with DVR features. It's moving more to 'cloud' recording than physical recording.

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Level 14

Re: Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

To add: Roku already has their software on TV's, and some cable systems use customized Roku's for their streaming IPTV.

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Level 9

Re: Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

In the UK they did they tried something like that with NowTV. I'm not sure if Roku created device as most of nowtv boxes are Roku

Basically they released a box that had streaming and they freeview channels. I think you had to have an aerial plugged in but not too sure

Anyhow I dont think it did as well as they expected. Streaming sbs on demand are the future I believe so I dont see manybprosucing something where your third down to a schedule or recording tv.

Seems that would be going backward in technology 

* Enjoying my On-Demand Life *
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Level 7

Re: Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

I would be interested in seeing this.  I have two Tablo 4-Tuner DVRs, 7 Roku devices and one FireTV Cube.  99% of what I watch is OTA - and when "nothing is on", I often stream STIRR, Pluto or other free channels.  The only subscriptions I have is MLB.TV and Hulu standard.

OTA isn't dead...And ATSC 3.0 could revolutionize the OTA market.  I refuse to  pay $50, $75, $100 or even more to receive hundreds of channels I never watch when so much is free.

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Level 11

Re: Future of Roku boxes and OTA/DVR capabilities?

Really like the idea of DVR functionality. While besides the tuner, it would require a guide and a USB port to add external storage device. This could then be a premium model in Roku's line. Even if it cost us a little more than the Ultra, most likely many would gladly open their wallets for this great feature.

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