It looks like Tivo is set to introduce Tivo Premiere Elite, its latest (and greatest) Tivo set top box. It would be an all digital device, which means that analog cable channels won’t be supported. Actually, it’s faster to enumerate what would work with it: Digital Cable (via CableCards + decoder), or Verizon’s FiOS.  As I said, analog cable, ATSC, satellite and AT&T U-Verse won’t be supported.

The specifications are interesting: there are four digital tuners, 2TB of storage (about 300hrs of HD recording, versus 150hrs for the premiere XL), THX sound, 1080p video output. The Tivo Premiere Elite is also compatible with control systems from RTI, Creston and Control4. Of course, all the partners such as Netflix, Hulu and more are also in the box.

The release date could be as early as September. At this point, there is no official word on pricing, but enthusiasts expect this to cost around $500, at most.  That would be $200 more than the Tivo XL. What do you think? [FCC filing + slides]

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