Xbox One to destroy Tivo?

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.

Here is a hypothetical clear breakdown scenario of those that own a Tivo, or are looking into one might need to pump the breaks until the Xbox One arrives.

Tivo breakdown

  • 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.


  • Remy Cuesta

    [Editor-in-Chief] Co-founder of LVLONE I work to bring you our readers a fun outlet to read tech and gaming news, reviews and experiences.


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Remy Cuesta
Remy Cuesta
[Editor-in-Chief] Co-founder of LVLONE I work to bring you our readers a fun outlet to read tech and gaming news, reviews and experiences.


  1. I don’t have TiVo and toyed with the idea for almost a year, might as well wait for this so I won’t need to consider a TiVo

  2. Not sure if it would take over TiVo, needs to earn my living room space and with this talk of having to pay to play used games I’m not sure how I feel yet …

  3. Let me tell you why this is dumb and it will not happen. Cable companies make ~15 bucks per DVR in your living room.Why would Comcast partner with Microsoft to allow Microsoft to replace DVRs that their customers are currently paying for and thereby lose that revenue stream?

    Unless Microsoft agrees to off set that loss of income some how. They will have to pay the cable companies to make this happen. At the very least, this means that the subscribers who wish to use this service will have to have an XBOX live gold subscription, in order for MS to pass the bill on to the consumer.

    Those of you wishing for a subscription free DVR have your head in the sand. you will either be paying MS or the cable companies for your DVR (XBOX)

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong but TiVo pays some sort of fee to cables and satellite in order for your cable card to work directly on it. The X1 however is merely passing the info from your cable box to the console for the information .. Which still is coming from the cable. This means that it possibly gets all the info from the Internet or most no?

    I actually don’t see the connection of having to to have a partnership with cable companies if that’s the case ..

  5. I love it, I use A TVO it is A old one and it fills up fast, not good video signal comes in, so it records choppy. But I do use it. If I can have it on the XBOX ONE and my amazon prime & Netflix, I just wish that microsoft had rss reader in media player so you would not need to download A different player. The only thing I know Microsoft has for windows 7 is Zune. I have A zune, A 360, 20 gig small one of my games are 8 gigs, at least they has usb 3.0 on the XBO ONE

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