Tech Review: TiVo HD XL


Posted October 6, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

TiVo HD XL »

TiVo in HD? You bet! And we're so excited about the idea that we couldn't help but get one and find out what it's wearing under that sexy metal hood. In other words, we've got a tech review and it's all about the TiVo.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • Your cable guide is downloaded through the broadband connection up to 14 days in advance
  • For every channel, it shows a list of programs coming up with start and end times
  • From there you can record an instance of a show, tell it to pad before or after, or get a season pass (record all instances of a show)
  • Menus do tend to lag a bit
  • You can record two high def shows at once and watch a third while they're both recording
  • It's the only THX certified DVR on the market
  • You can use the device with Amazon Unbox which has over 9,000 movies and lots of TV shows for download, but none of it is hi-def yet
  • Rhapsody and Live365 internet radio
  • Yahoo Weather and Traffic
  • YouTube
  • Stream music and video from your PC to TiVo
  • You can also transfer recorded content to your PC
  • You'll need a wired connection or you will need to buy the TiVo wireless USB adapter


  • $600 for the box, plus a $13 monthly fee (or a $400 lifetime fee)

Overall Rating

Tech Review: TiVo HD XL


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