TiVo introduced at CEDIA Expo, here, its Premiere Elite cable-based set-top box featuring four tuners and 2TB of hard-drive capacity and targeting retail distribution.
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 subscription.”