Cutting the cord and eliminating your monthly cable bill is a liberating feeling. Just because you no longer subscribe to a monthly cable service does not mean you have to sacrifice DVR capabilities. If you are using alternative cable solutions, it’s still entirely possible to record your favorite shows and rewind live TV. Below, we will examine just a few of the options available to you after you have eliminated cable forever.

What is DVR?

As technology advances, options to record your favorite shows when you are not at home continue to grow. DVR, or Digital Video Recording, is the ability to schedule recordings for your favorite shows when you will not be home. Once a program is recorded, you are able to pause, stop, fast-forward, or rewind just like you would be able to with a VHS tape. A DVR is the digital version of VCR. Typically, this technology is associated with digital cable boxes. New products on the market allow everyone to have DVR capabilities, even without cable. For the best quality, it is recommended to use a DVR box with a digital antenna to provide the clearest, sharpest picture.

TiVo Roamio

One of the products we carry at Cable Alternatives to help meet your DVR needs is the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR. The best part about this device is there is no monthly fee. The TiVo Roamio comes with a whopping 1 TB of storage and allows you to record up to four shows simultaneously. This device interfaces with several televisions in the same house so recordings can come from various sources. Plus, it also has the capability to stream internet-based shows and movies. This means you will be able to use your TiVo Roamio with Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.


The TiVo is also packed with fun features including SkipMode. This allows the user to skip through commercials without having to fast-forward. QuickMode is another function of the TiVo that allows you to speed up your recording buffering without losing audio quality.

Channel Master DVR+

The Channel Master DVR+ is a device that works with your digital antenna. Not only will this device provide an onscreen guide, but it also allows you to pause, rewind, and record live television. The Channel Master DVR+ has an incredibly thin design that fits in seamlessly with your existing television set up and won't add to the clutter around your TV. This device can work with both newer and older television sets and requires very minimal set up.


Digital cable, while expensive, does have some nice benefits, such as the ability to pause and record live TV. Though, with emerging technologies, it is possible to still enjoy these features all the while cutting the cord and the monthly bill.


To learn more about what DVR devices we offer and how they pair with your television, call the experts at Cable Alternatives. Our team can be reached at 763-571-1037 to help answer any questions you may have.