TiVo has changed the way we all watch television with its easy-to-use interface and unrivaled playback quality. Today, at a press conference in New York, TiVo unveiled two new HD DVRs boasting a totally revamped user interface, enhanced search features and QWERTY remote.
According to Engadget, the new TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL let you search and sort for programs by season, episode and cast members. They also let you search across media sources, including cable programming, Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. This means if you type in “THX,” you might just find THX trailers on YouTube or the classic Lucasfilm flick “THX 1138” (along with other THX Certified titles) on Netflix.
The TiVo Premiere XL is THX Certified for audio and video quality. THX certification includes in-depth analysis of image quality and signal processing to ensure the TiVo DVRs record and replay with accurate color, contrast, and black/white levels.
The TiVo Premiere HD XL is also the first HD product to feature THX® Optimizer™, a video calibration tool that lets users fine tune color, black levels and other settings to improve picture quality. Hailed by critics for its ease-of-use, the exclusive THX Optimizer for TiVo is found in the features section of the DVR. A pair of THX Optimizer Blue Glasses, designed for adjusting Color and Tint settings, is included with the TiVo owner’s manual.
Other tech specs include 1080p output, a single multi stream CableCARD slots and eSATA jacks for expanded storage.
The new TiVo Premiere and XL DVRs will be available in Best Buy stores in April. The price? The $299 Premiere allows for 45 hours of HD recording on the 320GB hard drive, while the $499 XL can handle up to 150 hours with one terabyte + THX certification.