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June 14, 2011

TiVo Showcases New Set Top Boxes

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

Determined to be the top DVR product on the market, TiVo (News - Alert) is launching a new range of set-top boxes (STB) to support video streaming throughout the home.

The new range sees the launch of TiVo’s first quad-tuner DVR gateway and its first non-DVR HD STB. Boasting four tuners and support for video on demand (VOD) content over IP, the TiVo Premiere Q serves as an advanced video gateway, while TiVo Preview provides the TiVo user experience for non-DVR households and also functions as a thin client complement to those using a TiVo DVR, creating a multi-room viewing experience.

“TiVo's solution for cable has stood apart in delivering the only offering that fully integrates the operator's linear and VOD content with broadband content and application choices,” said David Sandford, vice president and general manager of TiVo's service provider business in a press release. “With the introduction of the TiVo Premiere Q and TiVo Preview, TiVo is extending its advanced user experience and leading multi-room capabilities to provide cable operators a cost effective and highly differentiated solution for every type of household and every television in the house.”

Both STBs support the full integration of operator services such as VOD, PPV, CallerID on the TV and linear programming, plus access to broadband applications and services.

TiVo Premiere Q is claimed as unique in that it supports four simultaneous recordings and the ability to view streaming broadband content, while at the same time supporting up to three HD streams over a MoCA or Ethernet home network. It is also claimed to be the only STB of its kind that provides a bridge between the MoCA and Ethernet networks to simplify and reduce the cost of installation, allowing the Premiere Q to connect to existing home networks.

TiVo also recently unveiled a new iPad application that allows TiVo owners to search and share their entertainment while it plays.

Launched in the App Store, the TiVo App for iPad enables users to search, browse, explore and share their favorite entertainment all without interrupting what's playing on the television. Once found, the user simply “flicks” the selected content from the iPad to their TV screen.

“Operators are constantly looking for new ways to connect with their subscribers,” Sandford said. “The enhancements we have made to our iPad app help cable operators bring TiVo’s innovative user interface directly into the hands of their subscribers, thereby offering consumers the ultimate remote control and viewing on demand experience.”

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell