TiVo Premiere review
- It's a TiVoIntegrates services like Netflix and AmazonFuture of the platform
- No cable on-demand unless you have RCNSlow, buggy interfaceNo transcoding to portable devices
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.
How It Stacks Up
TiVo combines its biggest, fastest DVRs to make the Bolt+
Back in black, the $499 Bolt+ has six tuners and 450 hours of HD recording space.
TiVo's next-gen interface plays nice with all your TV content
And a smart, new Prediction engine solves that nagging "what to watch" problem.