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TiVo to offer four-stream transcoder boxes by late summer

updated 10:00 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2012

Live or recorded content streamed to four devices

TiVo, which just announced better-than-expected earnings earlier today, has also announced a forthcoming model that offers "four-stream transcoding" and the ability to send those streams over the internet to up to four devices, both for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets for either pre-recorded material or live TV. The future product, modelled after last year's TiVo Preview, may also offer Netflix and other online video services.

The TiVo Preview, which was offered to cable operators but not available at retail, featured the ability to record up to four channels simultaneously and functioned as a centralized "whole home" DVR unit. The addition of being able to stream content out while transcoding the content for mobile on-the-fly in a future offering would allow users to watch (or continue watching) content while on the go using Wi-Fi or possibly 3G and make the idea more palatable to retail buyers.

The company demonstrated a working prototype of the box it refers to as an "IP-STB," or a retail set-top box that leverages an IP address to receive as well as stream programming, at this year's CES convention -- but has thus far not spoken about pricing or offered a firm date beyond "by the end of summer." While no explicit mention of online content was mentioned, the ability to include offerings from services such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant or other services would likely add value to the unit for most consumers. [via TechoftheHub]

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sucks to be in Canada

    Most Cable channels need to use a cable-box to show them.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: sucks

    And why the us cable companies keep trying to tell the FCC that cablecard is impinging innovation and the requirement should be dropped. And make TiVo unusable. And force people to rent overpriced boxes from the companies.

  1. Long Time Lurker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Conflating boxes

    I think this article is conflating different existing TiVo boxes. The Premiere (not Preview) Elite can record up to 4 streams simultaneously, can stream video to other Premiere boxes, and *is* available via the retail channel. (I got mine at BestBuy.) The Premiere Q (for Quad) was the cable operators version of this box.

    The TiVo Preview is a cable operator only box that is a thin client. It doesn't store shows -- it can only receive streams from a Premiere box. It it expected to be offered via retail this year.

    According to the linked article, the new box will allow streaming to iOS and Android devices, possibly as an adjunct to the existing boxes. Furthermore an update on that article notes that the box will also allow sideloading of content.

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