Perhaps you’re not quite ready to cut the cord just yet, ever reliant on multiple tuners to get your television fix. The latest set-top box from TiVo should go a long way to helping you watch and archive everything, today introducing the Premiere 4. The box shares similarities between the Premiere XL4 that was announced earlier this year, with a shared design, quad-tuners, and the same connection ports.
In its ever-growing bid to remain relevant in an industry dominated by integrated devices and the death of independent set-top boxes, TiVo has purchased a company called TRA for some $20 million. TRA specializes in making business sense out of customer TV viewing habits, and TiVo thinks it can use that data to keep itself profitable.
TiVo said back in January that it would be launching an app for Android tablet users to give them control over their DVRs and recordings. The company has had an app for iOS devices for a long time, and I bet a lot of Android tablet users have been waiting for their own version. That wait is over.
TiVo and PayPal have inked a deal for streamlined shopping in interactive advertisements, turning the remote into a gateway to the digital wallet. The new service, which will begin showing up in TiVo adverts from this fall, will allow subscribers to charge products directly to their PayPal account, with automatic shipping to the registered address.
Two new devices / services are being launched this year by the folks who brought you TiVo - one of them working with your iPhone, the other being an extension of TiVo's Preview services, this time getting rid of its integrated CableCARD tuner. With TiVo Stream you'll be setting a small box on your home network, it able to access content via your TiVo Premiere DVR hardware and streams it to devices you've got around the house such as your iPhone or iPad. The TiVo "IP-STB" on the other hand is a TiVo IP set-top box acts as an extra hand for your TiVo Premiere hardware to other televisions.
Google has filed a new patent infringement suit against Motorola and Time Warner Cable. TiVo is alleging the two companies are infringing on three patents that it holds having to do with DVR systems. The suit was filed in federal court in Texas and is a bit of retaliation over previous suit Motorola had filed against TiVo for patent infringement.
The folks at TiVo have brought on their most impressive set of packages yet with an expanded into model as well as updated models for Premiere XL and Premiere Elite. This update shows off TiVo's already impressive line of DVR capabilities with 75 hours of HD content, this bumping up this version of the entry-level line with 65% more recording space than its previous price proposition. What we're seeing here instead is 75 hours, 150 hours, and a whopping 300 hours of HD content from plans with TiVo.
I'm firmly in the camp that you can never have enough storage inside your DVR. With the often miniscule price difference between hard drives with significant capacity differences, I think 500 GB should be the minimum. My junk DirecTV DVR only has 30 GB of storage space. If you're thinking about buying a TiVo Premiere DVR, there are some indications that a higher capacity device may be coming soon.
If you're still a fan of the original DVR (and there's a lot of them out there) we've got good news: you'll soon be able to purchase TiVo's new Whole Home DVR Extender. Even better, you can get it through your cable or satellite provider or buy it yourself, as the units are headed to electronics retailers as well. The nugget of information came from TiVo's quarterly financial call, and while there' no exact information on exactly when the DVR Extender will arrive or for how much, you can expect them to appear on TiVo's website sometime in the summer or fall.