The original TiVo DVR box was one of the first products to scare the bejesus out of networks and advertisers, so in the modern world (where nearly every new product scares them), it makes sense that TiVo would throw its hat in the ring. News of the company’s upcoming TiVo Mini has been buzzing for a while now, but recent news might make that hum all the more audible.
According to a report by Zatz Not Funny, cable provider Suddenlink is allowing customers to rent the DVR extender for $6 to $11 per month, depending on location. Those who choose to take advantage can beam live TV from a the TiVo Premiere Elite box (which acts as the hub), to a TV in another room. Users will also be able to browse and view recorded content. The TiVo Mini allows users to watch one show in one room, pause it, and continue to watch it in another room. This can come in handy if you’re watching TV in your living room and decide you’d rather continue watching in bed.
At present, watching live TV via the Mini will hog up one of the Premiere Elite’s four tuners; but word is that dynamic tuner allocation is in the offing.
Those intrigued by the TiVo Mini that aren’t as taken with Suddenlink will have to wait until spring. That’s when this next thorn is set to inject itself in the networks’ collective side.
Check out the video below to see a realistic interpretation of groundhogs using the new TiVo Mini.