TiVo, the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), on Tuesday introduced its first standalone digital video recorder with dual tuner capability.
The new model will be optimized for cable households and features built-in Ethernet and a refreshed look.
The company said the first shipments would arrive at Circuit City, Best Buy, Amazon.com and its web site
on May 1. The dual-tuner model will offer 80-hours of recording time.
"We've been hearing from our subscribers that they wanted a TiVo DVR that could record two shows at once," said Jim Denney, Vice President of Product Marketing at TiVo. "With the TiVo Series2 DT DVR, we've delivered that capability to our customers at a very affordable price."
Exclusive TiVo service features will be available on the TiVo Series2 DT DVR including:
Shows can be transferred to a laptop or select portable players.
TiVo Online Scheduling:
Schedule recordings from the office or on the road from anywhere you can access the internet.
TiVo Online Services:
Broadband connected Series2 subscribers can view both their own photo slideshows and those shared by friends with Yahoo Photos, and check local weather and traffic from Yahoo. Additionally, subscribers can browse and buy movie tickets from Fandango, discover new music on Live365, and listen to entertaining podcasts.
The TiVo box will retail for $99.99 afte. TiVo would also give consumers the option to purchase the unit bundled with service from tivo.com, the company said.
Until Tuesday, the only dual-tuner DVR with TiVo capabilities was available through DirecTV. However, since the satellite operator began promoting its own DVR, it has stopped selling the popular units.