The TiVo Premiere 4 DVR that broke cover a few days ago has been officially confirmed by the company, with exactly the specs indicated. In case you're not familiar, it's a quad tuner DVR that ships with a 500GB hard drive and standard TiVo remote, slotting in below its big brother at retail -- the 2TB and THX-endowed Premiere XL4. Despite a smaller hard drive the quad-tuner is something that Doug Bieter, director of retail sales, says solves the Sunday night log jam of shows even if it's less of a multi-season archive machine. Thanks to MoCA and Ethernet still coming along for the ride it's particularly ideal for multiroom setups when combined with the extender that's still due to arrive soon. The Premiere 4 will start shipping right away and will cost owners $249 along with a one year commitment to service at $14.99 or lifetime service for $499, check TiVo.com, custom installers and Best Buy Magnolia stores near you to snag one.
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TiVo Launches Four Tuner 'TiVo Premiere 4'
New Product Solves the Sunday Night TV Show Pile-Up and
Allows Users to Record Four Shows at One Time
ALVISO, CALIF., August 15, 2012 – TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and leader in advanced television services including digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced the launch of its TiVo® Premiere 4, a set-top box designed to solve program scheduling conflicts and allow families to record all of their favorite shows, while simultaneously serving as the hub to a TiVo whole home-setup. With four digital tuners to record four programs simultaneously, up to 75 hours of HD recording space and access to a massive library of web-delivered entertainment, the TiVo Premiere 4 is the ideal DVR for any household of TV enthusiasts.
"The TiVo Premiere 4 solves the pileup of must-see shows like Sunday nights when "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Nurse Jackie," "Girls," "Celebrity Apprentice," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "The Good Wife," "True Blood," "Political Animals," and "Family Guy" can overlap in a logjam of popular shows," said Doug Bieter, Vice President of Retail Sales for TiVo. "The increasing demand for a solution to this problem and the strong feedback we have already received regarding our four tuner, two terabyte TiVo Premiere XL4 inspired us to develop this new product for consumers wanting an affordable, user-friendly solution. The TiVo Premiere 4 will allow you to go shopping every Sunday night for your weeks' worth of shows – it's the warehouse store of television and now viewers can stock up their TiVo without having to worry about scheduling conflicts."
Exceptional Recording and Integration Capabilities
Enhancing the TiVo Premiere 4's functionality as the ultimate at-home entertainment device is the offering of MoCA as a networking option in addition to its integrated Ethernet connectivity. Utilizing integrated MoCA support, custom installers can use the coaxial cabling within the home to connect the TiVo Premiere 4 to the home network in setups where an Ethernet connection is not available to the DVR. Home theater installers and custom integrators will also appreciate the TiVo Premiere 4 as an exceptional solution through its compatibility with some of the most popular home automation controllers, including Creston, Control4, and RTI. This compatibility allows installers to seamlessly incorporate the TiVo Premiere 4 into existing home controls.
Award-Winning User Experience
Harnessing the power of the world's most innovative user experience, the TiVo Premiere 4 offers an intuitive search and browsing experience that enables users to quickly and easily find or discover television and broadband programs from a convenient unified screen. When searching for a particular program, TiVo Search scans across cable channels as well as web-based on demand services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.
The TiVo Premiere 4 can also take advantage of TiVo's integrated apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The TiVo App brings intuitive remote control operations to the tips of users' fingers with simple gesture-based controls. Users can quickly uncover program guides and information, view, schedule and manage recordings, get recommendations, or even explore an actor's entire career with a single tap.
TiVo Premiere 4 Specifications:
TiVo Series4TM architecture
Intended for use with digital cable systems only and does not work with analog cable or over-the-air antennas
Supports digital cable (QAM only), and Verizon FiOS®
Outputs: HDMI, Component video, Composite video, Optical audio, Analog audio
Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Inputs: CableCARDTM support, Cable coax, Ethernet connection, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, MoCA
Audio: Dolby 5.1
Additional support for USB 2.0 (2 ports), eSATA for external recording space, TiVo Wireless N or G Network Adapter
500 GB of recording space for up to 75 hours of recorded HD programming
Dimensions: 16.5" x 9.7" x 2.4"
Weight: 6.64 pounds
The TiVo Premiere 4 is now available through tivo.com, authorized home theater installers and Magnolia stores nationwide, with an MSRP of $249.99 (plus a monthly service fee of $14.99 with a one-year commitment). For additional product information, please visit www.tivo.com/p4.
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