The Buyer's Guide

Find it, buy it and tell us how you really feel.

TiVo Premiere XL4

TiVo Premiere XL4

from  $279.99+
product image
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget 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.

Read Full Review
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

90
BlackSmokeDMax
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
Goldwing2001
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
dignan17
I've been a Tivo owner for 11 years now, and despite their slowness (some might...read more
Write a Review

Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
 
50
PC Mag
The high-end Premiere Elite DVR has a lot to offer for TiVo fans, but the competition has surpassed TiVo on several key features, particularly support for devices like smartphones and tablets.
 
80
Engadget
The bottom line is the only reasons cable subscribers might not want to go with the Premiere is that they'd rather roll their own DVR, they couldn't care less about the experience or they're just cheap.
 
80
CNET
The TiVo Premiere Elite might be a luxury, but it's definitely a luxury worth paying for.
 
70
PC World
While its ability to record 4 shows simultaneously and its search and streaming media support impress, the TiVo Premiere Elite suffers from lack of support for cable providers' on-demand media--and it's very pricey.
 
90
About
Couple the UI with hardware you can't get anywhere else and the TiVo Premiere Elite becomes the first choice among set-top DVRs.