The TiVo Premiere Reviews Are In

By  |  Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, Gizmodo’s Mark Wilson, and Engadget’s Nilay Patel have reviewed Tivo’s next-generation DVR, the Premiere. They’re all pretty darn lukewarm, which is disappointing–but at least I can continue to use my current TiVo without it feeling like too much of a hardship.



4 Comments For This Post

  1. sfmitch Says:

    The TiVo Premiere is a small evolutionary step. Other than trying to build hype, there was no need for TiVo to tout this as a revolutionary product.

  2. Stilgar Says:

    I feel sorry for TiVo. I love them, but they’re being slowly killed off by cable/iptv providers infringing on their patents and offering cheap units via monthy leasing fees. The whole cablecard fiasco hasn’t helped much either.

  3. Dave Zatz Says:

    This is what we refer to as ‘being lapped’ 😉

  4. Phrehdd Says:

    It seems which ever way we go, makers of media equipment get some parts done well then are colossal screw ups. Tivo is no different.

    If Tivo wanted to get into the game, it would be a multi-media center and not just a glorified DVR. I say this as others are jumping on the wagon to provide similar service to Tivo and more usable features.

    I like Tivo and use it quite a bit. I think that areas that are beyond stupid include adding storage. No reason to have to get a “special” external drive but rather, Tivo should put a compatibility list together of known brands. Also and important, there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to append hard drives. The external drive should be truly a separate volume/device.

    Ideally, Tivo would have sold the new unit with one size drive and either a slot for a second drive or as stated above, provide a list of 3rd party known drives that would work.

    Speaking of add ons – no reason not to have other hardware to add on..whether it be a dvd or Blu Ray external add on. Again this goes to being multi-media oriented. If they are worried about piracy, then they still do control the OS/software that would be used for play back.

    I’ll not lose any sleep over waiting for Tivo to catch up as I doubt they will. My prediction is someone else will for a slightly higher price put out a DVD/player/media center unit that will make Tivo look like a bare bones system. In the meanwhile, I’m going to watch my Tivo HD Cable channel recordings.