Shock — TiVo will not be lifeless. Effectively, not but anyway. Confirming an earlier leak, the corporate has simply introduced two new fashions of its well-known DVR. The $350 TiVo Edge for antenna and the $400 TiVo Edge for cable each carry the options that TiVo house owners know and love like Skip Mode, OneSearch, and OnePass, however make issues a bit extra fascinating by including Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and Dolby Atmos to the combination. TiVo additionally took the wraps off its TiVo+ reside TV streaming service which will probably be coming quickly to all TiVo prospects within the U.S.
The Edge DVRs are clearly extra refined than the TiVo Bolt DVRs that got here earlier than them. These units supported 4K and HDR, however not Dolby Imaginative and prescient or Dolby Atmos. Nonetheless, it’s seemingly the form of the Edge that may earn the appreciation of DVR fanatics. Gone is the distinctive however super-awkward wave design of the Bolt, changed by a much more standard (and simpler to reside with) stacked rectangular design that’s extra harking back to a Sony PS4 than any of the TiVo units which have come earlier than.
Below the hood, the 2 Edge fashions are principally similar. Each have the identical beneficiant 2TB storage capability, which TiVo claims is nice for about 300 hours of HD recording. The Edge for antenna has 4 discrete tuners, supplying you with the choice to look at or file as much as 4 reveals concurrently, whereas the Edge for cable will get six tuners.
The TiVo+ livestreaming service seems to be TiVo’s if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them response to the overwhelming variety of people who find themselves reducing the wire and ditching DVRs in favor of streaming units just like the Amazon Fireplace TV or Roku. It’s a group of livestreaming channels that will probably be acquainted to those that hold monitor of this stuff: TMZ, Exterior TV, PowerNation, FailArmy, Hell’s Kitchen | Kitchen Nightmares, Meals52, and Ameba. TiVo has partnered with Jukin Media and Xumo to deliver these streaming properties to its customers — Xumo is similar firm that powers reside TV streaming on Panasonic and LG good TVs, Comcast Xfinity Flex, and different units.
Roku, specifically, has made large strides in satisfying the streaming wants of this viewers by means of its Roku Channel, a free supply of on-demand and livestreaming channels that may also be enhanced with subscriptions. TiVo+ seems poised to supply the identical upgrades to its customers. “The array of compelling new leisure obtainable by means of TiVo+ additionally creates new alternatives for pay-TV operators to supply thrilling new content material whereas incrementally rising revenues and engagement amongst current prospects,” TiVo’s press launch mentioned.
The 2 new Edge DVRs want an lively TiVo subscription to ship most of their key options. For the Edge for antenna, that plan prices $7 monthly or $70 per yr, or $250 for a one-time, all-in plan. The cable model has a distinct set of costs: $15 monthly or $150 per yr, or $550 for a one-time, all-in plan.
The launch of those new DVRs additionally marks the official entry of TiVo into the Canadian market. Beforehand, Canadian customers might purchase TiVo DVRs from the U.S., and TiVo expertise has been used within the DVRs marketed by choose cable firms. TiVo will solely be promoting the Edge for antenna in Canada. A 500GB, two-tuner mannequin will promote for $300 CAD, with charges of $9 monthly or $90 yearly. There isn’t a all-in possibility.