TiVo, the company synonymous with personal video recorders, has announced two new 4K UHD DVR models called TiVo EDGE, as well as a new video service dubbed TiVo+.The company claims that both EDGE models are its most advanced yet for home entertainment viewing.
Coming in two variants, the EDGE for antenna and the EDGE for cable, both have similar specifications though the more affordable EDGE for antenna has four tuners as opposed to the EDGE for cable’s six, though both give viewers access to live, recorded, and streaming TV all on one device.
Both are 4K UHD models and now support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision standards which is becoming more necessary as greater numbers of streaming services such as Netflix are creating and showing content with the enhanced audio and HDR formats in place. The two models also feature a 2TB hard drive for storing your favourite movies and TV shows and these should provide up to 300 hours of HD recordings.
Many fans feel that TiVo’s strengths lie in the user friendly approach to managing the content and a range of easy to use functions is available here. Firstly, SkipMode allows users to jump to the end of the adverts during a commercial break and resume viewing from where the programme left off, all at a single touch of a button.
Additionally, there’s OneSearch which helpfully searches across live TV, your recordings and the streaming services for your chosen content. This is surely something that will become increasingly useful as the number of streaming services escalates and not having to search through each service individually will remove a lot of the frustration of over saturation of content.
Finally, OnePass will track down every season and episode of a favourite show, automatically recording current and upcoming episodes no matter which platform they’re on and organising them so they’re ready to be watched in order, for a binge watch without complications.
Using these search functions is made all the easier with the TiVo voice powered remote control.
As well as hardware, TiVo will be supplying their customers with content too, in the form of their TiVo Plus video platform which will be available over the coming weeks. The service will deliver live streaming channels plus movies and TV shows covering a range of topics from news, sports, kids shows, dramas, music TV, reality shows, pop culture, cooking shows, lifestyle, esports gaming and international programming, from content partners such as TMZ, Outside TV+, PowerNation, FailArmy, Unsolved Mysteries, Hell's Kitchen / Kitchen Nightmares at launch, with others expected soon after.
Primarily associated with the US TV market, TiVo products have also been available in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Taiwan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
The TiVo EDGE for antenna is available now for $349.99 and requires a service plan of $6.99 monthly, $69.99 annually or a one-time All-In-Plan for $249.99. TiVo EDGE for cable is available for $399.99 and requires a service plan of $14.99 monthly, $149.99 annually or a one-time All-In-Plan for $549.99.
Are you a TiVo owner? Let us know what your experience has been like and whether you think these new EDGE models have enough new features to warrant an upgrade. How do you feel about a new video service coming your way too?
Source: Press release
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