It looks like Tivo is finally ready to roll out some new stuff. The Tivo Premiere will launch this April in a 45 or 150 hour HD model ($299 and $499 respectively). Some interesting tidbits about the new Tivo boxes:

  • New Tivo remote featuring QWERTY keyboard (apparently an optional upgrade)
  • New UI built on Flash
  • Better integration of Web video – now it’s a peer to standard TV in the UI
  • Some allusion to it being your “anything box” according to Tivo’s CEO – TV, movies, music, etc.
Tivo Premiere's new UI if Flash-based

Tivo Premiere's new UI if Flash-based

Tivo QWERTY Remote

Tivo QWERTY Remote - Image via engadget

Gotta wonder about their choice of Flash for the UI. It reportedly looks great, but performance was too poor to push this UI upgrade to Series 3 boxes. That’s either a simple marketing ploy to sell new boxes or a damning statement about the performance of Flash. HTML5, anyone? And while we’re at it, how about an official Tivo remote app for the iPhone instead of the QWERTY keyboard remote?

Read more:
Welcome Tivo Premiere – First Take
Tivo Expands it’s Offerings With Premiere (SFGate)