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TiVo Series 5

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by geekmedic, Mar 11, 2013.

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    geekmedic

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    I wanted to start a thread about the series 5 for rumors when it might be released, any features people might want, etc.

    I was going to purchase 2 Minis and an XL4, but I've decided to wait until the new series comes out. Was hoping for faster processor and 6 tuners.
     
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    Dan203

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    My first guess...Iit probably not going to be called a Series 5. It'll likely still be a Premiere just with upgraded hardware.

    My second guess... It will be based on the Pace XG1 hardware platform meaning it should be capable of having up to 6 tuners. I also think we'll see a 3 or 4 tuner unit that supports OTA.

    My third guess... It'll have a built in H.264 encoder for built in TiVo Stream capabilities.

    Now lets see if any of those come true. :)
     
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    geekmedic

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    wmcbrine

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    Their next model may not be a Series 5, but there will be a Series 5 eventually (unless they go out of business before then).

    P.S. I'm not saying I expect them to go out of business; I'm just saying that the only way I see a "Series 5" not happening at some point (however distant) is if they do go out of business before they get to that point.

    Clearly a "Series" can encompass some significant hardware changes (e.g., OLED S3 vs. TiVo HD, or Premiere vs. Premiere 4 for that matter). But at some point -- I don't know when -- there will be something -- I don't know what -- that makes them think, "This deserves a bump in the Series number."

    Maybe when they add h.265. ;)
     
  6. Mar 11, 2013 #6 of 423
    Dan203

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    He indicated that he was waiting for the Series 5 as if it would be released soon. I don't think that's going to happen. I believe that TiVo is working on a new generation of hardware that will likely be released this year, but it probably wont be called a Series 5.

    I think we're going to get another 3+ years out of the Series 4/Premiere line.
     
  7. Mar 11, 2013 #7 of 423
    compnurd

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    I agree. It will just be a new model Premiere with faster hardware.

    Direct TV has done the Same thing with there HR Line of DVR's

    The HR24's came out 2 years ago and just flowed into the system but they had upgraded HW.. Now you have the HR34 and 44 which is the same design but now with the 34/44 have 5 tuners
     
  8. Mar 11, 2013 #8 of 423
    steve614

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    I agree that the next TiVo hardware to come will be considered a "Series 4".

    I expect a 6 tuner cable model and a 4 tuner OTA model based on the recent FCC filings.
     
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    wmcbrine

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    An OTA-only model?
     
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    innocentfreak

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    I would guess it will be both OTA and digital based off the filings and surveys.

    Potentially I could see TiVo approach whoever makes the OTA tuner chips to see if they can develop a 4 tuner design. Either that or there are other chip improvements that may make it affordable and efficient to make it both 4 OTA and digital.

    The waiver request is to drop Analog tuners which may be enough of a solution.
     
  11. Mar 11, 2013 #11 of 423
    SullyND

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    With the mini being advertised as requiring four or more tuners, I don't think we'll ever see a 3 tuner TiVo.
     
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    crxssi

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    I like your predictions and think they are probably correct. Except I think a 3 tuner would be odd, 4 is on the mark.
     
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    geekmedic

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    I broke down today and bought a Mini and XL4. We don't have a cable box in our master bedroom, and my wife is pregnant and wanted to watch her shows in the bedroom. So I caved in.

    Will probably move the XL4 to the home theater room when a newer DVR comes out (or get another Mini and sell the XL4 on eBay).
     
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    Mike-Wolf

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    I wonder if HDMI 1.4 will be implemented in the next TiVo since the current Premiere is HDMI 1.3. I'm also hoping that the next TiVo will support all of the features that the current line of TiVo Premiere's have such as support for streaming and transferring so it can be added into a TiVo Premiere centric household. I'm also wondering if TiVo will roll out any software updates to the current line of TiVo Premiere's to bring it on par with the software or feature of the next TiVo, again so the functionality and performance is seamless between current and next line.
     
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    MrZarf

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    I would buy a 4 OTA + digital unit so fast it would make someone's head spin. This would be a great solution, supporting both OTA usage as well as Mini and Stream usage! Hurry up, TiVo!!
     
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    NotNowChief

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    We just got the Mini. I'm going to bask in that glory for a while.

    I've learned to have very low expectations for new TiVo products. With that being said, I will not expect, speculate, or look for a Series 5 box within the next 2-3 years, AT LEAST.
     
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    Leon WIlkinson

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    Possibly with the 2 drive bays for more storage, maybe a bump to a 3 or 4Tb per drive.
     
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    Dan203

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    The reason I said 3 is because if the new platform only supports a max of 6 tuners, like the current one only does 4, then i could see them doing a 3/3 configuration for a box that does OTA.
     
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    atmuscarella

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    I certainly would be Interested in a 4 Tuner OTA model that offered increase speed and perhaps more IP/Internet Streaming abilities.

    With Digital only combined OTA/Cable units TiVo can offer some interesting options, like a 4+4 digital OTA/Cable combination might be able to record more than 4 channels at once if you were using both the OTA and Cable inputs. Plus now that they have built the Mini with the operating system on flash memory perhaps future units would use the same setup allowing for simple hard drive upgrades (no software to worry about), like allowing dual internal drives again and drives bigger than 2TB.

    Not sure TiVo really is into innovating any more but we can still hope :)
     
  20. Mar 12, 2013 #20 of 423
    uw69

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    6 tuner box, 4tb hdd, built in capabilities of the current TiVo Stream, and enough internal upgrades to be called a series 5!:)
     

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