Categories: TiVo

Unannounced TiVo Edge Already Shipping

We first learned of the TiVo Edge back in June, via a number of FCC filings that identified a CableCARD DVR and two over-the-air antenna variants for cord cutters. Then, last month, ‘TiVo Edge for Cable’ box shots came my way that confirm new Dolby capabilities over Bolt and reaffirm streaming clients, such as Roku and Apple TV, are on the way. And, now, one formerly frustrated customer has been rewarded with a brand-spanking new unannounced 6-tuner, 2TB TiVo Edge.

I keep getting weird errors, V315 on the Vox Mini, no activation on the Bolt. After a month and a half they could not come to a fix and they had deactivated all the TiVos on my account. I spoke to several people up at TiVo corporate, gave them packet captures from Pfsense, and more. I finally told them that I’m just sending all my boxes back, and give me a refund. They ended up offering something cooler

Unfortunately for TiVo, no good deed goes unpunished and here we are. Edge certainly seems like the incremental upgrade we had assumed, knowing the more dramatic incoming changes are being rolled into the software experience. But we do have confirmation that the TiVo Series 7 Edge line provides an even snappier experience. What’s curious is that the Edge ships with the same traditional peanut remote… with those iconic thumbs up/down buttons, despite TiVo deprecating the functionality for content rating. Perhaps they have other uses in mind.

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  • What's sad is that after many years not upgrading, I was thinking this one might drive me to finally go for it... And then today I saw that they are putting ads in front of each recorded show. So now, instead, I'm thinking of finally just living with the Fios DVR and cancelling my TiVo.

    • Maybe it’s unrealistic, but I’m still holding out hope this launches without service fees given those pre-roll video ads. We shall see.

      As to me, well it’s not even me at all. My wife will tell me if TiVo stays or goes. And I don’t have a good read on how she may react when they hit our Roamio. I assume the experience will be smoother on the more powerful hardware, which we don’t yet have. Could get interesting or contentious in here. :)

  • Dave, don't you think that in order to offset the value of their DVR subscription fees, TiVo would have to serve up more than one pre-roll streaming ad with your recordings? And also force you to watch them, rather than allowing you to skip past? Seems to me that they wouldn't get any revenue on ads unless at least a certain percentage of the ad is viewed.

    If in fact TiVo is going to limit the use of streaming ads on their traditional DVRs to one single pre-roll ad (which can be skipped), it seems to me that this is just a way for them to pick up a little extra revenue. My guess is that their new ad insertion platform was mainly developed for other, bigger uses -- such as serving up ads in the free content in TiVo+ -- and the pre-roll ads are just an extension of that capability because, hey, why not, extra money!

    That said, maybe we will see them offer free or discounted DVR service in exchange for watching a few/several forced ads per recording. What's the ad load like in the typical free on-demand video on Tubi, The Roku Channel, Crackle, etc? That's about the amount of forced ads I'd expect in the content in TiVo+ as well as in DVR recordings if their DVR service was offered for free.

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Dave Zatz