Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 02-08-2011
Best Buy has launched two connected TVs in the U.S. with a familiar user interface for many viewers: TiVO. But don't expect any DVR functionality.
The big box retailer incorporates the personal video recorder's interface into new Insignia 32- and 42-inch screen TVs to supercharge the content discovery process with a usage-based recommendation engine, beefed up metadata information for shows and a top-of-the-screen nav bar for VOD content. But because the sets lack an internal storage drive, the TiVo integration ends at sleek menus and programme suggestions.
Being connected TVs, the Insignia line includes a range of widgets, optimised for the TV medium and wrapped into the TiVO interface. Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and Napster are included, and there's Chumby integration, which adds Twitter, Facebook, Photobucket, Accuweather, Reuters News and basic stocks, sports and traffic information.
The TVs retail for $499 (32-inch display) and $699 (42-inch display). Both are full HD (1080p) and have four HDMI inputs and built-in Wi-Fi (an impressive dual-band 802.11n). A universal remote capable of controlling three additional devices is included, equipped with Z-Wave non-line-of-sight capability.