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article imageTiVo 'Premiere' series DVRs get an upgrade, brand new interface

By Brenton Currie     Mar 3, 2010 in Technology
TiVo has today unveiled the latest versions of their digital video recorders in their 'Premiere' series, which feature a brand new user interface and enhanced online capabilities.
The two updated devices, the Tivo Premiere and the TiVo Premiere XL will be available for $300 and $500 respectively from April, and feature a brand new, reworked high-definition user interface powered by Adobe Flash.
"It has never been this easy to get all your entertainment in one place, on the big screen, in HD, right at your fingertips," TiVo's President and CEO Tom Rogers said.
The beauty of TiVo Premiere is that finding what to watch is just as fun as the watching the TV shows themselves. We accomplished it by using pictures and graphics to make the whole television guide experience come alive in a way that it never has before."
The standard Premiere device has support for digital and high definition channels, has ports for USB 2.0, ethernet and E-SATA external storage drives and supports both the G and N wireless standards (with a special dongle that will be available for $90). It can hold up to 45 hours of HD content, or 400 hours of standard definition programs with a hard drive 320 gigabytes in size.
The XL box meanwhile, comes with a 1 terabyte hard drive, which can record around 150 hours of HD content or 1350 hours of standard definition programs, and alongside a new feature from THX that lets users tune the colour and other image settings to improve picture quality, comes with a brand new remote that is backlit and allows for basic custom programming.
The New TiVo Premiere Series DVR
The New TiVo Premiere Series DVR
TiVo Inc.
The device, like existing TiVo boxes, also supports web browsing, and the playing of online video through sources such as YouTube on your television, all of which is made easier by the new interface.
"We are proud to be leading the cable industry in the adoption of this groundbreaking approach to advanced television," RCN President & CEO Peter Aquino said.
"TiVo will bring a whole new way for our subscribers to experience television with TiVo's DVR and broadband television offerings."
Of course, as is with all other TiVo boxes, users of the TiVo Premiere devices will also need to purchase a monthly, yearly, or lifetime service fee as well.
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