Binge watching has become a national pastime, and recording television shows and whole seasons of shows to digital video recorders, or DVRs, has replaced broadcasting. Nielsen even has a measurement for DVR’d shows, proving the popularity of the handy devices. Now, TiVo has unveiled the newest DVR, called appropriately enough, the TiVo Mega, which features 24 terabytes of storage, which can record 4,000 hours of live television in high definition, which according to an article in Variety, translates to around five months worth. For standard definition, the TiVo Mega can store 26,000 hours of content, or three full years. And for some, it still won’t be enough.
TiVo is considered one of the pioneers of DVR technology, and the TiVo Mega is designed for the “TV Junkie,” you know, the person who records whole weeks worth of broadcast programming and then crams it all — commercial free — in a weekend. The TiVo Mega allows for up to six simultaneous recordings, and has whole-home service and the ability to transfer content to laptops, tablets, and even phones built right into the unit. While all of this sounds like a TV-phile’s dream come true, there is one little snag: the price tag. The TiVo Mega is reported to run around $5,000, which makes it more expensive than most high-end 4K Ultra Definition television sets. But TiVo is quick to point out that the unit does come with lifetime service at no additional costs.
Another issue comes in the form on need. Do we really need this much recording space in a DVR? In a press release from TiVo, Ira Behr, TiVo’s chief of marketing seems to think so.
“Size matters. People hate being forced to delete cool stuff from their DVR before they want to or finding a TV show they had recorded is now gone. Now, with TiVo Mega they can always know their show or movie is still there to watch later.
“TiVo Mega offers more than twelve times the storage of any cable or satellite DVR. TiVo Mega is the solution for the power user who wants to record everything. We salute you and enjoy!”
But for $5,000, a consumer can buy whole seasons of their favorite shows on Apple’s iTunes Store or Amazon’s video service. Does anyone really have time to cram three years of recorded programming into a set viewing time? And as revealed in a previous Inquisitr story, services like Netflix are buying first run episodes of shows like Fox’s highly-anticipated Batman-themed Gotham and NBC’s breakout hit of last season The Blacklist, allowing consumers to watch those shows months after they air and not have to worry about managing TiVo’s already complicated menu system.
The price may not justify the service, but one thing is abundantly clear here, TiVo has just created the “Death Star” of DVRs. If you’re in the market for three years worth of recorded shows, the TiVo Mega is right for you. The TiVo Mega is scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of 2015.