TiVo Premiere = Classic TiVo + Web

TiVo Premiere = Classic TiVo + Web

Taryn Williford
Mar 4, 2010

Just as elusive as the debt-free American is the entertainment-debt-free techie—the person who's caught up on their Google Reader and watched every. last. thing. recorded on their TiVo. For them, TiVo has found a way to add more content by introducing the TiVo Premiere. It searches the Web in addition to regular TV listings to give you everything you ever wanted, all in one place.

In New York on Tuesday, TiVo announced their plans to release a new set-top box called the TiVo Premiere.

In order to capture some of the fleeing customer base that TiVo lost when local cable companies started providing DVR services, TiVo is launching a "more slender" new box that's a 5-in-1 device: According to Tom Rogers, TiVo's chief exec, it's your cable box, movie box, music box, Web box and DVR all in one:

For example, a prominent search box on the service allows users to look for, say, "The Office," and quickly find the regular TV listings of forthcoming episodes as well as older episodes for rent on Netflix and Blockbuster, outtakes and deleted scenes from YouTube, and merchandise related to the show for sale at Amazon.com.

It sounds like the entertainment of the future is arriving today—but how much is it going to cost us? The TiVo Premiere will hit stores and the TiVo Web site in April for $300, capable of storing 45 hours of high-definition programming. A premium version called TiVo Premiere XL can store 150 hours and will cost $500. TiVo Premiere will also charge its users a monthly service fee that starts at $12.95.

What do you think? Is the all-in-one search box the future of home entertainment? Or will you stick to your cable-service DVR for now? Let us know in the comments!

Via New York Times


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