TiVo Premiere XL4

82
Engadget
Score
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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TiVo Premiere XL4 review

Summary

TiVo continues to stand head and shoulders over provider-issued DVRs, but it still falls short of the expectations we had when it first launched.

from $249.99+
Pros
  • Four tunersExcellent phone and tablet appsStreams video and traditional cable on a single box
Cons
  • Not a whole-home DVRMissing some popular streaming sourcesParts of the UI are still slow and in standard-def
TiVo Premiere XL4 review

With the recent spring TiVo Premiere update we figured it was as good of a time as any to spend some quality time with the newly-renamed TiVo Premiere XL4. The highest model in the TiVo line, the XL4 costs $399 plus $15 a month, or $499 for lifetime service. For the money, it records four HD shows at once with a single CableCARD and offers 2TB of storage. More tuners and space aren't the only things that have changed since we gave the original TiVo Premiere a once-over just two years ago. No, there have been a few notable releases as well as the release of the TiVo Slide Remote and a number of TiVo companion apps for phones and tablets. How all that comes together is exactly what you'll find out should you choose to click on through to the other side.

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Scores

Engadget

82
 

Breakdown

Other features (networking, etc.)
8.5
Storage capacity
9.2
Design and form factor
7.0
Expandability
8.0
Ease of use
7.2
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Specs

Premiere

Type
High def DVR (300 hours) (4)
Service type
Cable
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite
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Specs

Premiere

Type
High def DVR (300 hours) (4)
Service type
Cable
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite
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