TiVo (News - Alert) Inc., a provider of advanced television services for both broadcasters and consumers, and Entropic Communications, a provider of software and hardware solutions for home entertainment, have partnered to create a product that will substantially improve home entertainment and provide a more reliable and user friendly DVR unit.
The TiVo Premiere 4, which now uses Entropic's (News - Alert) MoCA silicon, offers subscribers the newest technology in home networking. This unit is capable of delivering reliable home entertainment for most consumers.
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Entropic Communications, which specializes in home connectivity solutions, is providing its MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) silicon and software to power the new TiVo Premiere 4 DVR – this will provide consumers more throughputs for video content, while allowing them to connect TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles to the Internet, or video stream apps, if they wish. TiVo sees this as an opportunity to provide better solutions for entertainment to consumers and promises to be much more than a single digital video recorder; enabling its Premiere 4 to support multiroom DVR and reliable broadband connections as well.
The TiVo Premier 4 allows consumers to broadcast programs in multiple rooms and record up to 75-hours of HD programs from up to four different channels at one time. This is possible through the use of four digital tuners and the built-in MOCA network that allows the system to be connected to the Internet for the streaming of HD programs.
The MoCA component is often the technology of choice in existing pay-TV boxes, but in conjunction with the Premier 4, it can potentially reach more customers and enhance the way home entertainment is perceived. MoCA is being used often as the primary network connection path between televisions in the home
The novelty of the new Premier 4 with MoCA technology is the possibility for users to receive multivision and HD multirecording using an infrastructure already present in most houses, the coaxial cabling. This allows customers who have no CAT5 connections in their home to create their entertainment home network and enjoy HD programs throughout their residence without further preparation expenses.
Those interested in knowing more about the Premier 4 DVR will find the product presented to potential customers at the CEDIA Expo held in Indianapolis from September 5-7 at TiVo booth #2140; however the product is already available through the TiVo website for $249.99. Be on the lookout for it to be available at consumer electronics and home appliance stores very soon. Other than purchasing the item, subscribers will have to agree to a one-year subscription at the cost of $14.99 to enable multiscreen broadcast and streaming services.
To find out more about TiVo, visit the company at Video World Conference & Expo, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX. Joseph Weber, Vice President, Technology Strategy will be a speaker at the event. Stay in touch with everything happening at Video World Conference & Expo. Follow us on Twitter.
Edited by Brooke Neuman