TiVo Premiere Q and Preview Announced

June 11, 2011

According to Multichannel News, TiVo has announced two new boxes for cable operators. The TiVo Premiere Q: A version of the current TiVo Premiere but it can record four programs simultaneously. Also, the TiVo Preview: An HD set-top box without a DVR built-in. Both boxes will integrate with the cable operator’s Video On Demand (VOD) offerings. The VOD library will also be integrated into TiVo’s search functionality on the Premiere as well as their iPad app. The box will be available on RCN and Suddenlink cable systems.

It appears that TiVo is offering what is essentially a whole-home DVR solution to cable operators. The recent upgrades to the TiVo Premiere to support streaming between TiVos was a prerequisite to this.

Similar to Verizon’s DVRs, the new TiVo boxes support MoCA (multimedia over coax). This will allow the boxes to stream to each other over the existing cable coax in the home. This will eliminate the need to run ethernet or wireless.

The big question is when will we see the Premiere Q at retail if at all? What would really be interesting is to see a CableCard-less version of the TiVo Preview sold at retail without a monthly service fee. TiVo has a pretty impressive list of VOD services on their box: Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and Blockbuster. If they could hit the $100 price point, they would be competitive with Apple TV and the Roku. TiVo would also be providing a box that could stream content from regular TiVos to another room in the house. Can TiVo focus on both cable operators and the retail market?

Update: It’s official, TiVo just sent out the press release with the announcement. No mention of retail availability for either the Premiere Q or Preview.  Preview pictured below. I wish TiVo would add the clock back to its boxes.

TiVo Preview
Update 2: On the surface it appears that it’s the same Premiere case that’s sold at retail with the exception of some extra lights to accomodate the extra tuners. Closer examination of the picture reveals a number of interesting changes. The blue LED on the front panel gets shifted to the left side of the TiVo logo. As with the curent RCN Premiere remote, it appears an “On-Demand” button is added. However, what’s most interesting is the jack in the bottom left hand corner of the unit that’s not on the existing Premiere. It appears to be the size of a stereo headphone jack. What could it be?
Mystery solved: It’s the letter Q!  Also, there are apparently no plans to sell the new boxes direct to consumers.
TiVo Premiere Q

Tags: cable, Premiere, TiVo

6 Responses to TiVo Premiere Q and Preview Announced

  1. Brennok on June 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    The Preview based off leaks is supposed to be a single tuner box that has a CableCARD slot.

  2. The Hub on June 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

    If they did release it at retail, it would be nice if the cablecard was in it. My suggestion for not including it is only so they can hit the right price point and be competitive.

  3. Brennok on June 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I agree it makes send from a price point not to include it, but you deal with the potential of not having the ability to watch live tv if all 4 tuners are tied up on the Q.

    Also without the tuner/cable card slot how would TiVo charge a subscription fee for the preview ;)

  4. Davetabone on June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    4 tuners on a retail unit will not do much good without a 4 turner tuning adapter, at least for those of us who have the pleasure of dealing with SDV.  

  5. The Hub on June 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Sorry to hear about your SDV pain. There is hope if your cable co moves to Backchannel IP instead. RCN and Suddenlink have adopted it for video on demand. Here's more info:
    http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=197060&site=lr_cable  It looks as if Time Warner is resisting. 

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