TiVo Premiere

79
Global
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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TiVo Premiere review

Summary

from $149.99+
Pros
  • It's a TiVoIntegrates services like Netflix and AmazonFuture of the platform
Cons
  • No cable on-demand unless you have RCNSlow, buggy interfaceNo transcoding to portable devices
TiVo Premiere review

When we first heard rumors of new TiVo hardware back in April of 2009, our imaginations started racing. The current TiVo HD and HD XL have been the best DVRs on the market for their entire three-year run, and while they've received significant feature updates in that time, the overall experience of using a TiVo simply hasn't kept up with the explosion of online content and the revised viewing habits of consumers -- in fact, the interface has remained largely unchanged for nearly a decade. So while the actual TiVo hardware has actually gotten smaller and simpler, it's the software that's received a substantial makeover this time around -- it's migrated to Flash, and the main elements have been totally redesigned for HD displays and the invisible integration of online video services. Is it enough to keep TiVo afloat in a sea of cheap cableco DVRS? It is worth upgrading from an existing TiVo HD? There's only one way to find out -- read on for our full review.

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Breakdown

Design and form factor
7.0
Storage capacity
7.0
Ease of use
7.0
Expandability
8.0
Other features (networking, etc.)
7.0
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Specs

Premiere

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (2)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite
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Specs

Premiere

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (2)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite
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