TiVo releases the Slide QWERTY Remote

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TiVo Slide RemoteThe TiVo blog reports that as of today, the TiVo Slide QWERTY Remote is available for a price of $89.
You can buy the TiVo Slide at tivo.com coming this weekend at Best Buy stores nationwide (US).

Jim Denney, TiVo's VP and general manager of product marketing, said in a prepared statement:

"This finger-friendly device strengthens TiVo's product offerings, giving consumers the best tools to find what they want more quickly."


"This is the first ever DVR remote with a full QWERTY keyboard, and we are certain that users will be excited to get their thumbs on it. The slick design has the same fun look of the classic TiVo remote, but makes it even easier to get more from your TV experience."

When it comes to usage of the remote:

Its Bluetooth technology increases the remote’s reliability, and range up to 30 feet away.  It’s fully backlit, and includes power and volume controls for the TV.  Installation is as easy as plug n’ play.  Just plug the USB receiver into the port on the TiVo box, and you’re set.

It's compatible with TiVo Premiere, Premiere XL, Series 3, HD and HD XL.

Will you pay $89 for a remote that is not truely universal and is a means to an end?
(The user can program the power, input, volume and mute functions of the remote to control the TV/sound system).


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