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