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.
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