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TiVo launches 24TB DVR for $5000

MUMBAI: DVR company TiVo has launched a digital video powerhouse through its TiVo Mega DVR that has a storage capacity of 24TB, which roughly equates to 26,000 hours of TV content.

The Mega is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2015, to be available through home-theatre specialty retailers. The rack-mountable system is built like a data-centre server, not a box that can fit under your TV. The $5,000 price tag will include product lifetime service, according to TiVo.

The 24 terabytes of total storage capacity of the DVR is enough to hold up to 4,000 hours of HD programming amounting to more than five months or up to 26,000 of standard-definition TV, which adds up to nearly three years.

The Mega offers six times the recording space of TiVo’s previously biggest DVR model, the Roamio Pro, which has 3TB built in plus an optional 1TB expandable.

Like the Roamio, the Mega includes six tuners to record up to six channels simultaneously, whole-home capabilities and built-in transcoding to stream live or recorded content to smartphones and tablets anywhere.

While it is targeted at high-end consumers, the system could have crossover appeal within certain niches of the TV business among those who need to monitor multiple programmes on an ongoing basis.