TiVo has unveiled its most advanced set-top box, the Premiere Elite, offering four digital tuners and a two-terabyte hard drive for recording as well as THX certification for optimal sound and video fidelity. The TiVo Premiere Elite builds on the Series4 TiVo Premiere platform, combining broadband and broadcast entertainment. The TiVo Premiere Elite is intended for use with digital cable systems only and does not work with analog cable or over-the-air antennas.

The new product with four tuners allows for simultaneous recording of four different shows while viewing a fifth recorded program. Its two-terabyte hard drive allows for up to 300 hours of recorded HD programming. The TiVo Premiere Elite maintains TiVo’s user interface, integrating Web entertainment from Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube.

“This product was designed specifically for the high-end custom home theater integrator or enthusiast looking to complete their home entertainment system with a best-in-class TV experience,” said Doug Bieter, vice president/Retail Sales for TiVo, in a statement.

TiVo Premiere Elite offers MoCA as a networking option in addition to its integrated Ethernet connectivity. By integrated MoCA support, custom installers can use the coaxial cabling within the home to connect the Premiere Elite to the home network in setups where an Ethernet connection is not available to the DVR. Premiere Elite is compatible with some of the most popular home automation controllers, including Creston, Control4, and RTI.

The TiVo Premiere Elite is also compatible with the TiVo Slide remote with a QWERTY keyboard as well as TiVo’s integrated apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

TiVo Premiere Elite specs include:

  • Supports digital cable, high-definition digital cable and Verizon FiOS
  • Outputs: HDMI, Component video, Composite video, Optical audio, Analog audio
  • Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Inputs: CableCARDTM, Cable coax, Ethernet
  • Additional support for USB 2.0 (2 ports), eSATA for external recording space, TiVo Wireless N or G Network Adapter

Pending FCC approval of TiVo’s request to waive a requirement to include analog tuners, the TiVo Premiere Elite will be available by the end of the year through tivo.com, authorized home theater installers and Magnolia stores nationwide.

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