TiVo Mega: For Those Who Need 26,000 Hours of Entertainment

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Television has evolved a long way in the last decade. From the content of what we watch, to the way we watch it. One of the things that has changed the way we watch TV is TiVo. You need to remember, TiVo was allowing us to record TV long before that was common. Now you can pre-record most shows on most cable companies, but that has much to do with the fact that these pioneers kicked that movement off first. Well, looks like they are ready to go all 2.0 up in here.

In a recent press release, Tivo announced its newest DVR and just what it is capable of. How does 26,000 hours of recorded TV sound? Apparently, Tivo think you will be into it. They even (aptly) named it Tivo Mega. Just a few of the things TiVo Mega will offer are:

  • 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:
    • 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

It is an undeniably powerful and impressive system, but I just cannot see anyone who would ever need to capture that much TV. Essentially, that system seems to imply the constant recording of all shows, ever. If that's your thing, Tivo Mega will drop in 2015 to the tune of about five thousand dollars. Better start saving now, you TV lovers.

Via Uproxx

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We've got a telly. It's across the room from me now.
I'm not sure when we last turned it on - there's just so little worth watching. A few days ago, at least - and that was to watch The Blues Brothers on DVD.
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Looks more like Tivo is edging into the lower end of commercial recorders, which can easily have a dozen or more tuners in some rack mount setup. Those get used for anything from weird security video setups to shows that need to record all 24 hr news stations or other content on TV
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