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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: TiVo Premiere Elite

TiVo Premiere Elite

Our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for the day is the TiVo Premiere Elite. What makes this TiVo so much more special than its predecessors? Well, for starters, this thing has four tuners, so it can record up to four different programs at once. You can watch any of the four, or view a fifth already-recorded program, so that's pretty nice. It's also got a 2 TB hard drive in it, which can hold up to 300 hours of HD programming. If you've got someone in your life who loves film and television, but hates those horrible UIs on the cable company DVR, this is the thing to get.

You can pick up a TiVo Elite for $494 on Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 397: TiVo Premiere Elite hands-on

In this episode we open up the TiVo Premiere Elite. The Premiere Elite is the first quad-tuner TiVo device, which enables you to record up to four separate programs at once, with the option to watch a fifth already-recorded show. In addition, it's dual core powered, which makes it much faster than the regular TiVo Premiere, and it packs in a 2 TB hard drive, enough to record over 300 hours of HD video. To better work with certain cable TV systems, its got MoCA networking support, and can stream content (rather than having to copy) between TiVo units.

If you're interested, you can pick up the TiVo Premiere Elite now on Amazon.

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Why the TiVo Elite is so much faster than the TiVo Premiere

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, HDTV, Home Entertainment

TiVo Premiere Elite

The TiVo Premiere Elite was released this week, and many have been wondering if the only changes are the addition of a couple of tuners, and more hard drive space. Well, as it turns out, one immediately noticeable difference is just how fast the Elite is when compared to the non-Elite TiVo Premiere. In fact, it boots up in half the time, and you can move through the menus virtually lag-free. A thread on the TiVo Community forum goes into detail on what we know about the Elite so far:

  • Newer 14.9 software (instead of 14.8)
  • Newer kernel revision 2.6.18 buildmaster93 (instead of buildmaster64)
  • Newer GCC 4.2.0 compiler used (instead of 3.3.4)
  • 1024 MB of RAM (instead of 512 MB)
  • SMP support enabled during boot process (instead of ?)
  • Quad Tuner support (instead of dual cable & dual OTA)

After the break, we've got the full breakdown of what each of those changes means, and how they make the Elite a powerful and worthwhile beast. If you're interested, you can pick up the TiVo Premiere Elite now on Amazon.

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TiVo Premiere Elite now available, 4 tuners, 2TB, $499

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment

TiVo Premiere Elite

TiVo's four-tuner Premiere Elite box is now available. Some were able to grab them over the weekend, prior to the official launch, and have been digging deep into the system to find changes, improvements, and bugs. The big rumor is that this TiVo is packing dual core support, and also makes multi-room Premiere-to-Premiere streaming a reality (so, no more needing to copy a show from one box to another.) There were a bunch of features that seemed to go missing, but we're guessing they've been lit up today alongside the launch of the box.


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