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Here is the WeaKnees TiVo Series4 HD DVR model comparison of all TiVo Premiere models. The TiVo Premiere (first column below) is a great choice for customers who are looking to record from both off-air antenna and cable or live in an apartment, condo or other complex that has channels coming in via analog signals that the newer TiVo models cannot accept.

For newer TiVo models, please refer to our TiVo Roamio (Series5) comparison chart and our TiVo Bolt and Bolt+ comparison. Also see our TiVo Buying Guide
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TiVo Brand HD DVRs for Cable - Compare Models
Name TiVo Premiere XL4 (Elite) TiVo Premiere4 TiVo Premiere / Premiere XL
Features
(Important differences bolded)

Premiere Elite
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Premiere XL
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Input Sources

Digital Cable (requires CableCARD)
(no satellite input)

Digital Cable (requires CableCARD)
(no satellite input)

Analog Cable, Digital Cable (may require CableCARD),
Digital Antenna (ATSC)
(no satellite input)

Number of Tuners 4 Tuners Concurrently Active 4 Tuners Concurrently Active 2 Tuners Concurrently Active
Compatible with TiVo Mini Yes Yes No
Output Resolutions 480i, 480p,720p, 1080i, 1080p 480i, 480p,720p, 1080i, 1080p 480i, 480p,720p, 1080i, 1080p
Factory Capacity 2 TB 500 GB 500GB / 1TB (XL)
WeaKnees Maximum Upgrade 10TB 10TB 10TB
CableCARD slots 1, in back 1, in back 1, in back
Audio Outputs

1 - Optical Digital Audio
1 - embedded in HDMI
1 - RCA A/V jacks

1 - Optical Digital Audio
1 - embedded in HDMI
1 - RCA A/V jacks

1 - Optical Digital Audio
1 - embedded in HDMI
1 - RCA A/V jacks

Video Outputs

1 - HDMI
1 - Component
1 - Composite

1 - HDMI
1 - Component
1 - Composite

1 - HDMI
1 - Component
1 - Composite

Networking

On-board Ethernet
Two USB Ports (for TiVo Wireless G or N, not included)
MoCA support through coax

Ethernet, MoCA, or WiFi is required
Cannot be connected through phone line

On-board Ethernet
Two USB Ports (for TiVo Wireless G or N, not included)
MoCA support through coax

Ethernet, MoCA, or WiFi is required
Cannot be connected through phone line

On-board Ethernet
Two USB Ports (for TiVo Wireless G or N, not included)

Ethernet or WiFi is required
Cannot be connected through phone line

Remote Premiere TiVo Remote
(factory new units included a TiVo backlit remote, now sold separately)
Premiere TiVo Remote Premiere TiVo Remote
(factory new Premiere XL units included a TiVo backlit remote, now sold separately)
Dimensions 16.5 W x 9.7 D x 2.4 H 16.5 W x 9.7 D x 2.4 H 16.5 W x 9.7 D x 2.4 H
Front Display 7 TiVo Status Lights
(Power, Remote, Broadband, Record tuners 1-4)
7 TiVo Status Lights
(Power, Remote, Broadband, Record tuners 1-4)
5 TiVo Status Lights
(Power, Remote, Broadband, Record tuner 1, Record tuner 2)
THX Certified Yes No No / Yes (XL)
Buttons on Unit Format Format Format
Included Cables Power Only. HDMI, Ethernet, optical, composite breakout sold separately. Power Only. HDMI, Ethernet, optical, composite breakout sold separately. Power Only. HDMI, Ethernet, optical, composite breakout sold separately.
Mobile Streaming In or Out of Home: Requires optional TiVo Stream In or Out of Home: Requires optional TiVo Stream In or Out of Home: Requires optional TiVo Stream
Supports SkipMode Yes Yes Yes
Supports QuickMode No No No


To compare the Series4 TiVo Premiere units to the Series3 TiVo DVRs, see our older HD TiVo for Cable Comparison.


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