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79
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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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User Reviews

20
jason4800
I have owned just about every Tivo product over the years. So I was excited...read more
60
rlbgator
My understanding is that the Premiere took a bashing on release, several months...read more
80
jtdarlington
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
High def DVR
HD recording capacity
4520
SD recording capacity
50020
Number of digital tuners
2
Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Vod
Model

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (Atsc, Cablecard, Qam) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
Yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Vod

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Recording

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

Remote

Remote (included)
Yes

Storage

Internal storage
320 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
Yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
No
Model
XL

General

Type
High def DVR (150 hours) (1350 hours) (Atsc, Cablecard, Qam) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
Yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Vod

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, Composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink

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

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (Atsc, Cablecard, Qam) (4) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
Yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Vod

Recording

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

Remote

Remote (included)
Yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink

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

General

Type
High def DVR (45 hours) (500 hours) (Atsc, Cablecard, Qam) (2) (Analog cable)
Additional service fee
Yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Vod

Recording

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

Remote

Remote (included)
Yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

Storage

Internal storage
500 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
Yes

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
No