TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL Sport New Series4 Interface, Pandora, and Optional QWERTY Remote
TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL, which will arrive in early April, are two new TiVo boxes that sport a revamped HD interface, Flash, and options for discovering content that’s on the air, online (such as Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix), or recorded to the hard drive. But the partnerships don’t stop there; TiVo has wrangled up FrameChannel and Pandora, services that will also mosey over to the Series3 boxes.
Both new Series4 models will do up to 1080p output, rock CableCARD slots, and feature eSATA jacks for fast connections to external drives. The $299 TiVo Premiere can record approximately 45 hours of HD content to its 320GB HDD, while the $499 TiVo Premiere XL can record approximately 150 hours of HD content on its 1TB HDD (it also packs THX certification).
Also coming down the pipe is a new optional Bluetooth slider QWERTY remote, which will ship later this year for an undisclosed price. Sadly, it won’t come boxed with either Series4 box. A new Wireless N Adapter ($90) will go one sale when the Tivo Premiere is available for purchase, so you can connect the boxes to a home network.