This Insane TiVo Mega Costs $5000, Can Record Three Years Of TV, And Looks Like A Rack Server

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    The insane TiVo Mega costs $5,000, can record three years of TV, and looks like a rack server | The Verge (click for full article)

    Who WOULDN'T want a rack-mounted TiVo with 24TB of storage?

    By Nathan Ingraham on September 8, 2014

    -- Running out of room on your DVR sucks, no doubt. Is it enough of a problem for you to throw $5,000 at it? For most people, the answer is no, but in case it's a real issue you need to remedy, the new TiVo Mega should alleviate all of your first-world concerns. This huge, server-sized TiVo contains a whopping 24TB of storage in a RAID 5 arrangement with hot-swappable drives. What that really means is you'll have enough space to store 26,000 hours of SD footage. As TiVo says, that works out to about three years of TV, but the devil is in the details.

    Most people these days are watching and recording TV in HD, and that works out to "only" 4,000 hours — about five months. That's not nearly as sexy a number as three years, but that's still probably more than enough storage for most human beings. Either way, it'll take forever to fill this machine up, but the TiVo Mega features six tuners for recording, which should at least prevent you from running into too many conflicts between watching live TV and trying to save other programs for later.

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  2. ChrisG8

    ChrisG8 Well-Known Member

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    There have been products like this for a while, TiVo should have offered one years ago for that market. Marketing home audio/video products to the wealthy makes sense, the profit margins are the reason. TiVo's competition for this market has been pricing their products much higher than this but I couldn't find any links to those tiny niche market products. I seem to recall prices over $10,000 but can't recall the company names.

    The mainstream TiVo DVRs are almost always sold at a loss with the hope service fees and accessories will recoup the loss and result in a profit. Profits have been slim in the company's 16 year existence but somehow it has survived.

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