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TiVo Premiere 4 officially announced

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by drebbe, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    They can and do. "Please note that removing the cover of the DVR for any reason voids the warranty."


    This is not a laptop or desktop computer where a consumer could reasonably expect to replace or upgrade parts without voiding the warranty. Yes, plenty of people can and do upgrade their hard drives. I have no idea of whether TiVo is strict about this clause or not, but they certainly could be.
  2. aaronkn

    aaronkn New Member

    Nov 8, 2002
    I would love to hear the repair requests that came in which prompted the addition of 8.T.! :eek:
  3. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    With recent Woot deal I got my Elite for $300. I would expect price to come down below $200 range on Amazon or equivalent not too long from now.
  4. jjd_87

    jjd_87 Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Lucky you they didn't cancel your order. I'm seriously considering the 4 instead now.
  5. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
  6. bmgoodman

    bmgoodman Member

    Dec 20, 2000
    OK, so it's clear to me that major difference between the Premiere and the new Premiere 4 is in the number and type of tuners. But for the extra $100, what else changes? Can anyone summarize? Does it have a faster interface? Faster streaming? Is the Premiere end-of-line for software upgrades? Is it easier to replace the hard drive in one versus the other?

    I'm considering giving one as a wedding gift and I don't want to go with a Premiere and later think, "if only I had spent an extra $100...." (No, I'm not moving up to the top-of-the-line XL4!)
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    All the Premieres have the same processor and memory. If anything the four tuner versions can be slighlty slower because of the extra overhead of constantly buffering four tuners instead of two.

    I'm still hoping they announce something for the IP STB soon. Now that they have two, four tuner, models available.

    I'm already down to three TiVos. I haven't used so few TiVos since the early 2000's.
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    One of the biggest difference is the Premiere 4 only works with digital cable, while the Premiere works with analog/digital Cable and analog/digital OTA. If you are certain that the TiVo will be used for digital cable only then the extra 2 tuners certainly out ways the extra $100 cost in my mind.
  9. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    Apr 18, 2002
  10. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    That's too bad...

    I think a good move would have been to bump the Premiere XL to 2TB and keep the price at $250, that would eliminate the need for most to do their own HDD upgrade.
  11. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Perhaps, but they want to have a product that competes against lower cost boxes. $250 as the cheapest unit would scare too many potential customers away who don't care about 2TB.
  12. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    I wasn't saying get rid of the Premiere 500GB, @ $150

    I was saying keep the Premiere XL w/ 2TB, THX, Glo-Remote and leave the price @ $250
  13. twhiting9275

    twhiting9275 TV Buff!

    Nov 17, 2006
    Most likely not though they might. Call and ask. I don't think you'll have a lot of luck there though, they want you to have multiple devices

    I was a bit surprised to see this with the 'Elite', but with the Premiere 4, not so much. I don't think we'll ever see an OTA tuner from Tivo again, and that's just dandy with me. Since everything is pretty much 'digital' anyways, why would they do this?

    I have a Premiere going off contract in September, looks like it's time for an upgrade ;) . Not only will I save some monthly dough, I'll have more available tuners. Since I don't max either box out much, I think 75 hours should be good ;)
  14. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    Does anyone know if this has the same motherboard, power supply, and tuners as the regular Premiere? Or is it the same stuff the Elite/XL4 has inside? If its the same as the regular Premiere I might try one, but if its the same as the Elite/XL4 I'll pass on it since the Elite was such a nightmare for me. I just sold my Elite/XL4 on Ebay last week. Funny this comes out now after its gone. I hope there is some feedback on this one soon.
  15. twhiting9275

    twhiting9275 TV Buff!

    Nov 17, 2006
    I don't see how this could possibly have the same board, or CPU configuration. You'd need a good bit more juice to handle the additional 2 tuners
  16. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    What a deal breaker for me, I got all excited for nothing :(
  17. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio
    If they discontinue all models with OTA tuners, they are insane. I hope and trust that TiVo management is not that stupid.
  18. compnurd

    compnurd Active Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    As Stated many times, ALL of the Premieres have the same CPU, Motherboard and RAM. The Elite is the same as the regular premiere.

    At this point, there is nothing to suggest this is anything different

    The tuners are probably the same as the Elite, but it was noted those were different than the regular premiere
  19. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    The regular Premiere does indeed have a different motherboard, power supply, and tuners from the Elite/XL4. All one has to do is get them side by side and look inside. See the pics below.

    Attached Files:

  20. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Not sure where "OTA tuners are history" came from. The Premiere 4 looks like nothing more than an Elite with a smaller hard drive. Period. Not a statement by TiVo that all future DVRs are cable only.

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