Last week I professed my love for our Tivo Roamio Plus only to hear that Tivo is coming out with something bigger and better! Released in a press announcement titled “So Big, It’s Almost Inappropriate,” Tivo announced yesterday the Tivo Mega will be out in early 2015.
What makes the newest Tivo digital video recorder (DVR) so big?
Tivo Mega has a whopping 24 terabytes of recording space that equals over 26,000 hours of recorded television that you can keep on your Tivo For comparison purposes, my mid-range Tivo Roamio Plus allows me to record six shows simultaneously and store 1,000 hours of content. The higher end, Tivo Roamio Pro, also has the ability to record six shows at the same time but stores up to 3,000 hours of shows. For a comparison chart of the features of the current Tivo models, visit the Tivo Roamio product page.
Who is the Tivo Mega for?
According to Tivo, the Mega is a “high-end product is meant for the ultra-entertainment enthusiast” and designed to be “the ultimate whole-home solution that also streams live and recorded TV to smartphones and tablets anywhere.”
Why a bigger Tivo?
“Size matters. People hate being forced to delete cool stuff from their DVR before they want to or finding a TV show they had recorded is now gone. Now, with TiVo Mega they can always know their show or movie is still there to watch later,” said Ira Bahr, CMO at TiVo. “TiVo Mega offers more than twelve times the storage of any cable or satellite DVR. TiVo Mega is the solution for the power user who wants to record everything. We salute you and enjoy!”
TiVo Mega Features Include:
- Storage: 24 Terabyte RAID 5 HDD
- Six tuners
- Streaming live and recorded TV to smartphones and tablets anywhere: Built-in stream transcoding
- Multi-room: Whole home capable
- 26,000 hours of SD recording space, approximately 4,000 hours of HD recording space
- Content navigation such as Universal search across cable, video-on-demand and web apps including Netflix and YouTube, “What to Watch” provides a personalized dashboard with recommendations for what’s on now, next and tonight, collections offers editorial collections based on current events or categories including new fall TV, Shark Week, Holiday, Emmy or Oscar winners, etc., channel guide with filters to enable users to get to what they want as quickly as possible
- Free application for smartphones and tablets: manage your DVR with your phone or tablet through remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management
- Remote: TiVo Slide Pro Remote included, Full QWERTY-format slide out keyboard makes text entry fast and easy and RF signal for maximum power removes line-of-sight requirements
- Networking: Ethernet and MoCA
- Hardware configuration: Hot user-swappable drives, offering protection from data loss
Tivo says that Mega will marry the unprecedented storage with the all-in-one approach to live, recorded, on-demand television that gives consumers what they want on any screen, wherever they are. Mega will offer the same award-winning content navigation viewers are accustom to with TiVo, universal search across cable, video-on-demand and web apps including Netflix and YouTube; “What to Watch” with a personalized dashboard with recommendations; collections offers editorial collections based on current events or categories; and the ever popular channel guide.
While final pricing will be announced in coming months, Tivo Mega does come with a mega price tag. It’s expected to be retailed at approximately $5,000. The price will include product lifetime service.
Want to know more about the Tivo Mega? A prototype is being demonstrated this week at CEDIA in Denver. Visit this link for the full press release.
As a #TiVoMom member, I receive products for my participation but am not compensated for my role. All opinions are my own and based on my longtime love of TiVo that existed well before I became a TiVoMom.