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Best Buy TVs with TiVo Interface Only Slightly Interesting

New Insignia Connected TVs are first to utilize TiVo GUI, but without DVR, CableCard or EPG; Chumby apps, Z-Wave remote, wireless Rocketfish slot add appeal.


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Insignia Connected TVs offer the TiVo interface, but not the flagship TiVo services.

Press Release

Insignia Unveils Connected TV with Award-winning TiVo Design


Insignia’s Smart TV is first to combine the power of the Internet with acclaimed TiVo user interface, all in stunning HD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Best Buy’s own Insignia brand today announced the arrival of the new Insignia Connected TV. Insignia Connected TV customers can simply enjoy broadcast and online movies, shows, and music. Simple, easy entertainment is what customers want in a TV, and Insignia delivers on this through its TiVo Design partnership, providing award-winning Tivo ease-of-use, all without a paid TiVo subscription. The new Insignia Connected TV will be available in 32- and 42-inch models for $499 and $699 respectively, on BestBuy.com and at Best Buy stores nationwide.

Insignia’s Connected TV features a breadth of entertainment options from the most desired services, including Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora and Napster, plus popular entertainment and social media applications from the chumby content network, such as Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket and more. Developed by Insignia from the ground up, including ease of setup and ease of use based on Best Buy customer input, the Insignia Connected TV directly solves the most common challenges consumers face with other, more complicated Smart TVs. In partnering with TiVo, Insignia created a product and interface that offers consumers an experience that is easy to use, easy to connect and easy to find.

-- Easy to Connect: Connecting to broadcast and online entertainment is a snap with an easy step-by-step guided setup. The Insignia Connected TV virtually sets itself up!
-- Easy to Use: Insignia brings the fun back to TV entertainment, with all of the Insignia Connected TVs powerful features at your fingertips through the award-winning TiVo Design interface.
-- Easy to Find: Insignia makes discovering new online entertainment a breeze by allowing customers to search for online movies and shows from the most popular services.

“The Insignia Connected TV gives our valued customers a new way to easily set up and access the entertainment they want, when they want it,” said Patrick McGinnis, vice president of Exclusive Brands at Best Buy. “We’ve heard from customers that Smart TVs can be intimidating, and we’ve put 110% of our energy into making the powerful features of the Insignia Connected TV easy to enjoy.”

"TiVo has evolved from its roots as the DVR that changed the way consumers interact with entertainment, allowing us to customize and deliver solutions that best meet the needs of our partners like Insignia,” said Jim Denney, general manager and vice president of Product Marketing at TiVo Inc. “The Insignia Connected TV is the result of great collaboration and we are proud to bring the TiVo experience to this leading consumer electronics brand and innovative product."

As part of Insignia’s ongoing partnership with leading content platform chumby, the Insignia Connected TV comes preloaded with the most popular chumby applications, including Twitter, Facebook, Photobucket, Accuweather, Reuters News and Sports, Stocks and Traffic. Customers can customize their experience by selecting additional content from the chumby network, which supports hundreds of applications for the Insignia Connected TV. It also benefits from chumby’s wide network of developers working on new content, and Insignia will continue to update and add applications to the Connected TV as new, high-demand applications become available.

Additional product features and technical enhancements include:
-- LED: Thin, elegant design and energy efficient, a perfect fit for modern households
-- 1080p/120Hz: Stunning picture quality with full HD and clearer fast motion
-- Enhanced audio: Music and dialogue never sounded this good from a flat panel TV, enabled by Audyssey and SRS
-- Rocketboost-ready: Wireless, uncompressed digital audio input to the TV or output to speakers such as the Insignia Soundbar and the Rocketfish Outdoor Speaker

More information about the product visit: http://www.bestbuy.com/insigniaconnectedtv.




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Article Topics

News · Product News · Displays · TVs · Video · Digital Media · Z-Wave · Tivo · Best Buy · Insignia · All topics

About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

3 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Greg C  on  08/01  at  05:31 AM

Since none of us sell nor would spec a Best Buy only product why would we care? This is still CEPro, correct? I would understand if this was an article for EH, but it’s not. What’s next, a review on the Polaroid brand of LCD’s? Or Walmart HTIB for only $99.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  08/01  at  05:32 AM

Greg, I’m surprised that any CE Pro would NOT be interested in what the rest of the world is doing. Would you rather not learn about ADT, Geek Squad, Vizio and others are doing?

Posted by mark nagle  on  08/02  at  09:25 PM

I agree julie, When our customers start asking questions, we need to have the answers. Luckily @ $499 for a 32” they are starting to creep up on name brand prices which make them less appealing

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