Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.
TiVo Premiere represents the most significant user interface overhaul for the device in years. Based on Adobe Flash and optimized for the high-definition screens that are likely to be paired with CableCARD programming, the new user interface blends together live, recorded, and broadband content. That presentation is more akin to what we've seen from Windows Media Center, and less like TiVo's Series3 that segmented programming sources by type. TiVo has also beefed up its search capability, bringing it up to par with that of its only significant retail DVR competitor, Digeo's Moxi.
The new interaction widens the user experience gap between TiVo and your average cable or satellite DVR, and TiVo has two other features that set it apart. First, no doubt reacting to the Moxi competition, TiVo long ago reinstated its lifetime service option that was so popular in the product's early years. However, those who have opted for this plan through TiVo's major platform upgrades over the years have endured more lifetime sentences than many a felon.Continue reading Switched On: Thumbs up, thumbs down at TiVo Premiere
Switched On: Thumbs up, thumbs down at TiVo Premiere originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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