TiVo Guides Best Buy's Connected TVs

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Best Buy, the largest U.S. electronics retailer, debuted two Internet-connected HDTVs featuring TiVo's user interface -- but lacking the hallmark TiVo DVR functionality.

The Insignia Connected TVs will be available in 32- and 42-inch models for suggested retail prices of $499 and $699 respectively, on BestBuy.com and at Best Buy stores.

The sets provide access to services including Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora and Napster. They also provide content through Chumby's content network, including apps for Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, AccuWeather and Reuters.

Best Buy Insignia Connected TV

In May 2010, Best Buy announced it was going forward on the project to embed TiVo's software into Insignia broadband-connected HDTVs.

"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," Best Buy vice president of exclusive brands Patrick McGinnis said in a statement. "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."

The Insignia LED sets support 1080p HD with a 120-Hz refresh rate, and include audio technology from Audyssey and SRS.

The Insignia/TiVo project falls under an expanded five-year marketing alliance Best Buy and TiVo reached in July 2009. Among other things, that pact calls for the retailer to promote TiVo DVRs and for TiVo to pay Best Buy a portion of revenue based primarily on the number of TiVo service subscriptions acquired from Best Buy sales during the term of the agreement.

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