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A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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.

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
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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (ATSC, CableCARD, QAM cable) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand

Recording

Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Storage

Internal storage
320 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no
Model
XL

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR (150 hours) (1350 hours) (2)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Type
High def DVR (150 hours) (1350 hours) (ATSC, CableCARD, QAM cable) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand

Recording

Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes (Backlit, Programmable)

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Storage

Internal storage
1024 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no
Model
Q

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (4)
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (ATSC, CableCARD, QAM cable) (4) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand

Recording

Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Storage

Internal storage
320 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no
Model
500GB

Key Specs

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

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (ATSC, CableCARD, QAM cable) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Video-on-demand

Recording

Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Storage

Internal storage
500 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no