Did I read the article wrong, or are these boxes for cable providers only?
You read it correct. Not surprising since they already offer a three tuner box with Virgin in the UK.Did I read the article wrong, or are these boxes for cable providers only?
Also one sentence in the OP's link jumped out at me.TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) has confirmed it's developing a new client box for a whole-home DVR for MSOs, with Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) being one of the high-speed home networking technologies it's considering.
TiVo senior VP of corporate development and strategy Naveen Chopra tells Light Reading Cable that his company will be developing both the software and the hardware for a whole-home product that would feed off an MSO-customized version of TiVo's Premiere box. TiVo has similar projects overseas, but most of them call for TiVo's software to be ported to third-party boxes. (See TiVo Hopes to Reign in Spain and TiVo Coming to Virgin's Non-DVRs, Too.)
"We're developing a client box" for MSOs, Chopra says, but he isn't elaborating on specifics, such as how many TVs and other devices would be supported by the new multi-room product.
However, TiVo wants to ensure that the experience on the client boxes mirrors what customers can do on the Premiere DVR. "That's a key design principle for us," Chopra says.
TiVo is considering a "couple of choices" when it comes to the home networking technology for the multi-room DVR. "We think MoCA will be a very popular answer for many operators," Chopra says, noting that it would be "easy" to modify the Premiere box for MoCA. That would obviously represent growth potential for Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR) and Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), still the only companies that make MoCA chips. (See MoCA Is Go for 2.0.)
TiVo hasn't announced plans to make a similar whole-home client to support its retail DVR products, though Chopra acknowledges it would be a "logical" thing to do. Such a product would likely involve wireless home networking.
It looks like the Tivo will support streaming with a max of three streams on the Q. This leads me to believe we will see support for one stream on the Premiere assuming they leave one tuner for local viewing.In addition being able to handle up to four simultaneous recordings, Premiere Q supports up to three HD streams over a Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) or Ethernet home network. The Preview box also includes integrated MoCA and Ethernet for home networking.
I would guess that they'll have a retail version out soon. They'll need someone to beta test it.Looks like retail is REALLY taking a back seat to MSO development.
I wonder if the current Premier would be replaced and would we see a version of the Preview at retail? There is only so much space the TiVo will get at retail today.I would guess that they'll have a retail version out soon. They'll need someone to beta test it.
IF they take the Q into retail it'd be online only and perhaps through Magnolia is my guess... For the Preview, I'm not sure - there could be more options IF they can simply and effectively explain it as a non-DVR cable box that also handles Premiere streaming.I wonder if the current Premier would be replaced and would we see a version of the Preview at retail? There is only so much space the TiVo will get at retail today.
Dont forget they have also been working on streaming, the virgin TiVo, the RCN software, the comcast software, hulu, and the 4 tuner would still require testing though some would have been done software wise for the virgin TiVo. Of course the virgin TiVo is different hardware.Interesting...
While it's tempting to think that this explains where Tivo's engineers, time and focus have been, I'm afraid that's wishful thinking.
I fully expect the Q to be just a Premiere XL with 4 tuners instead of 2. Recall that the box is perfectly capable and has everything it needs to handle more than 2 tuners - Tivo just didn't insert them.
Oh, I know, and I agree - my point was just that I doubt Tivo is going to do much of anything software-wise other than the minimum required to get all 4 tuners working. Bare-bones functionality and then stop development seems to be the rule at Tivo - this is probably due to having few engineers and spreading them thin over so many projects, including those you mention.Dont forget they have also been working on...
LOLOLOLOL - I think any prognostication on a DirecTivo release date is wishful thinking, for a variety of reasons. DirecTivo isn't in Duke Nukem Forever vaporware territory, but it's getting there.The Directv tivo will be out this year.
Good insight here. Must be hard to hire top engineering talent when you have companies like Apple, HP, Intel etc thriving and clamoring for talent. How does Tivo retain and / or lure new talent to support existing and future projects?this is probably due to having few engineers and spreading them thin over so many projects, including those you mention.
We don't know. I am guessing.Let me see if I have this straight:
The Series 3 TiVo has two tuners and good over the air reception in 2006.
The TiVo Premiere has two tuners and mediocre over the air reception in 2010.
The Tivo Premiere Q has four tuners but no over the air reception in 2011.
How friggin' tough is it to include an ATSC tuner with decent performance in a device that already has a QAM tuner, power supply, hard drive, case, etc.? It doesn't seem like the marginal cost nor the engineering expertise should be all that demanding.