It's been over three years since we first heard a new TiVo was coming to DirecTV, but the satellite broadcaster has finally revealed it will be available -- in select markets -- starting December 8th, the same day its own HR34 multiroom solution becomes available. Both the HR34 and the TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV (THR22-100) got the official nod in DirecTV's installer forums, informing techs the $199 TiVo box would be available for an extra $5 / month service fee, in addition to the $10 / month HD Access and $7 / month DVR tariffs. What does that extra scratch buy you? The new box can access all of DirecTV's live, on demand and pay-per-view video, downloading updates via satellite, and supports remote DVR scheduling through the website. On the downside however, there's no mention of the new TiVo Premiere UI or internet streaming, and it does not support other add-ons like 3D, whole home DVR, apps, or DirecTV's iPad app. One way or another, starting Thursday customers will have their choice of HD DVR satellite boxes, so hit the source link for a few more details and a PDF spec sheet (also pictured in the gallery).
Update: Official details from TiVo are included after the break, mentioning a nationwide rollout will occur next year.
As you may have heard rumors online today, we're excited to announce that TiVo now offering its award-winning TiVo service and interface to select DIRECTV customers. Beginning Thursday, 12/8, the TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV will be made available to customers in DirecTV's leading markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Denver, San Francisco, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.
The TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV will be made widely available to all DIRECTV customers nationwide beginning in early 2012.
We are excited to bring the TiVo product DIRECTV customers know, love, and want to get their hands on again. The TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV will incorporate TiVo's Classic User Interface, including its signature SwivelTM Search, TiVo Suggestions, WishList® Recordings and Season Pass features, which help users find and schedule recordings of the programming they want, when they want it.
The cost of the TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV is $199 and the monthly service total is $12 per month, including a $7/month charge for the DirecTV DVR service as well as $5/month for the TiVo service.