TiVo is filling out its lineup of DVRs with a more affordable four-tuner solution today, called the Premiere 4. Just like the heavyweight Premiere XL4 announced last year, the Premiere 4's quad-tuner setup allows it to record four different shows at once. That's not the only similarity between the two models: they both sit in the same chassis, with an identical set of ports.
What's different, you ask? Well, it's all clear from the name: sans the "XL" moniker, the Premiere 4 comes with 500GB of storage good for 75 hours of HD programming as opposed to its bigger brother's massive 2TB offering. There are a handful of other minor differences — THX support has disappeared, and it doesn't look like you'll get the TiVo Glo remote, for instance — but at $249.99 it costs $150 less than the XL4. That price matches it with the Premiere XL, and it's $100 more than the plain old Premiere. Unfortunately, the Premiere 4 won't work with OTA signals (digital cable and FiOS only), but like the other models it'll search Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix to supplement your cable offerings. Of course, you'll still need to shell out $14.99 per month for the privilege, but if you're in need of four tuners you'll be glad to hear the new DVR is available today.