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TiVo Unveils Premiere Elite STB For Retail




introduced at CEDIA Expo, here, its new
Premiere Elite cable-based set-top box featuring four tuners and 2TB of hard-drive

The box, which is
slated to be sold through custom installers and at general retail stores by
year’s end at a $499 suggested retail, has a CableCARD slot that will accept
conditional access CableCARDs capable of decrypting and tuning up to four
channels at once for playback or recording.

TiVo charges a
$19.99 per month subscription fee for the recording/guide service, or a
one-time lifetime fee of $499.

An improved user
interface combines digital cable programming with web-based entertainment
content from a variety of services, including Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon on
Demand, YouTube, Rhapsody and others.

It will record
FullHD 1080p content and features enough storage capacity for up to 300 hours
of HD content.

The TiVo Premiere
Elite is also THX certified.

“This product was
designed specifically for the high-end custom home theater integrator or
enthusiast looking to complete their home entertainment system with a
best-in-class TV experience,” said Doug Bieter, TiVo retail sales VP. “With the
added distinction as a THX-certified DVR, the TiVo Premiere Elite offers a
high-end solution for premium quality installers looking for an improved way to
get the most out of a customer’s high-definition television and cable