Xbox One unveiled itself yesterday and while we still have a lot to learn about the system they did make one thing clear, they want to take over your living room. A big portion of that is the channels and tv you watch itself which they seem to have covered with Xbox One Live TV. This feature enables you to navigate and watch live TV from your cable/satellite or set-top box from the Xbox One. The console will sport a 500gb hard drive and have DVR functions for use with your shows and games. It would sound like this spells trouble by other providers of this tech like Tivo?
Tivo’s main function is that it is a DVR and (digital Video Recorder) provides an on-screen guide of scheduled broadcast programming which can be recorded for later playback. Over the years the amount of shows which can be recorded, features like apps and simultaneous recordings have been greatly increased. While cable and satellite set-top boxes combat these efforts, Tivo remains the preferred DVR of any in the market. This could soon change however with the Xbox One revealing its plans in that category.
- TiVo Premiere records 2 shows, has a 500gb hard drive and retails for $149
- TiVo Premiere 4 records 4 shows, has a 500gb hard drive and retails for $249
- TiVo Premiere XL44 records 4 shows, has a 2tb hard drive, THX certified sound and retails for $399
- Tivo has a monthly subscription of $14.99 or a lifetime subscription for $500
Tivo pricing after 2 years of service
- TiVo Premiere after 2 year service comes out to $510
- TiVo Premiere after 2 year service comes out to $610
- TiVo Premiere XL4 after 2 year service comes out to $760
Now not 100% confirmed but with a suggest estimated price for the Xbox One being $500 at retailer then you get a different breakdown which is below.
Xbox One breakdown
- Xbox One records X shows
- Has 500 gb hard drive
- Is expandable by memory
- Will be software upgradable
- Suggested retailer price at $500
You can already see what you would be saving, not to mention all the other functionality that would include or matches a Tivo box already. Apps, save favorite programing and setting DVR. While other features have not been discussed not only do we think they’re imminent but they will be greatly expanded by Xbox One. Kinect voice, gesture control functions, simultaneous recording and streaming tv which Tivo has an additional box that needs to be purchased of $129.99 that will possibly be a Xbox Smart Glass function. Not to mention the glimpse of interactivity between programming like integrating Fantasy leagues while watching sports which they showed off at the event.
While many have not thought of this or have not seen this as a concern to replace their Tivo, we should receive some hard answers as to the capabilities of the Xbox One Live TV features. It may not match what you currently have going but as Xbox 360 has evolved into the console it is today don’t think for a second that the Xbox One won’t do the same.