Given leaks dating back to June, we know Arris is producing a new TiVo Edge DVR. Three actually: a cable variant and two OTA cord cutter models, of divergent tuner counts and hard drive capacities. And, now, CableCARD hardware details have come my way.
The “TiVo Edge for Cable” design aesthetic is more Playstation than the Experience Music Project – seeya bendy Bolt. I’m told the incoming 6-tuner, 2TB is actually snappier than that prior gen unit. Of course, it carries forward 4K and voice capabilities, along with TiVo’s superior DVR functionality. But they’re clearly going after the video enthusiast by introducing Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR support.
However, there’s only so much more TiVo can do on the hardware side and most improvements will be software-based. As such, I’m very, very happy to see the delayed support for “streaming players” has graduated to featured marketing! Yeah, they’re hedging by not naming names. But as least we know the capability is still in play and I hope my Roku Television(s) will be amongst the first clients. Fire TV and Apple TV were both also on the roadmap (and all should work as Bolt endpoints too, whenever it becomes available).
As far as timing and pricing, I assume we’re on track for a fall launch given the wealth of data that has come my way and I imagine we’re looking at Bolt-equivalent out-of-pocket expense.