It was 10 years ago that the original TiVo debuted and changed our television watching habits forever. I know it’s hard to believe, but there really was a time when you couldn’t watch your favorite TV shows whenever you wanted, and you actually had to sit through all the commercials. The venerable old box has received a couple of upgrades over the years, but it seems like TiVo is looking to change the game again with the launch of the series 4 TiVo Premiere.
While older TiVo models allowed you to find your favorite cable or network TV shows and save them to a hard drive for later viewing, the Premiere goes all Emeril Lagasse and takes things up a notch. In addition to all the useful TiVo features that came before, the now web connected, hi-def Premiere also allows you to access movies and TV shows from across the internet, including content from Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon On Demand, Youtube, and video podcasts. You can also stream music from Pandora Radio, Rhapsody, and Live 365.
The Premiere will come in two flavors. The $300 standard version features up to 45 hours of HD recording, E-SATA for external storage, video output up to 1080p, and a single multistream CableCARD slot. Meanwhile, the $500 XL version includes the same features while upping the recording time from 45 hours to 150 of HD recording, THX certification, and a backlit remote control. Unfortunately neither version features Wi-Fi out the box, but it can be added by purchasing a $60 USB dongle. Look for both to drop sometime in April.
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