The new TiVo box, which began a limited rollout to 10 DirecTV
markets in December, is based on the company's older, standard-definition user
interface, not the newer Premiere GUI available on other platforms. The box
also lacks a number of features available on other DirecTV and TiVo boxes
including: IP streaming from TiVo service partners, DirecTV multiroom DVR
functionality and iOS App control, among other things.
The set-top will, however, receive HD channels. It is priced at
$199, and will require an additional $12 monthly service fee.
TiVo first started offering its DVR hardware and GUI/recording
service through DirecTV in 1999. The set-top IRD/DVRs proved to be very popular
with DirecTV subscribers, but after DirecTV was acquired by News Corp., the satellite
service opted to use DVRs manufactured by NDS, a News Corp. sister company,
eventually ending the arrangement with TiVo in 2005.
After another ownership
change, DirecTV revisited the prospect of working with TiVo in September 2008,
and plans were announced for new TiVo HD DVRs to be eventually released.
The new DirecTV/TiVo product includes dual-tuners and a hard disk
drive that can store up to 100 hours of HD or up to 400 hours of SD
programming. Features include: Swivel Search, TiVo Suggestions, WishList
Recordings and Season Pass.