The days when we had to rely on the trusty old VHS video tape to record our favorite movies of TV programs have long gone. Digital Video recorders have grown rapidly in popularity in recent times and allow consumers to easily record content, and need less storage space. Today we have news of the TiVo Premiere Elite DVR which allows you record four programs at once and even watch a fifth.
According to Digital Trends the Elite will also come with a mammoth 2TB hard drive, which is capable of recording 300 hours of HD content. It will be the company’s first DVR available from retail companies that has four tuners. Owners will be able to record four different programs at the same time as watching previously recorded content.
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It also be the first TiVo unit to have THX certification, and offers access to a number of content providers. These include the likes of Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora. The unit’s built-in browser allows users to search for content across all of its resources at the same time. Searching for a certain program users will be provided with links to the network broadcast, as well as availability on Hulu.
At the moment there is no news if the Elite will support video on demand from cable providers. The Elite will come with an HDMI port, as well as composite and component outputs. There are also analog and digital audio outputs along with two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, cable card slot, and an eSATA port for extra storage.
The box does have its draw backs though as it won’t work with satellite boxes, terrestrial HD antennas, and analog cable sources. TiVo have had to ask the FCC for a waiver because it hasn’t installed any analog tuners. When it is released it will sell for $500 with TiVo service fees costing from $20 per month or $500 for a lifetime.
Do you like the look of the new TiVo?