Right on schedule, Best Buy’s announced it’s good and ready to ship two Insignia-branded connected televisions with TiVo’s UI — minus the whole DVR thing, that is. The two 1080p sets, available in 32- and 42-inch flavors, are landing months after the retailer said it was buddying up with TiVo to borrow its user interface — and only that, there’s no indication these will play nicely with Premiere DVRs and their multiroom streaming at launch — for searching content and also just getting up and running easily. As you’d expect, folks perusing these sets can watch movies from Netflix, CinemaNow, and YouTube, as well as stream from Pandora and Napster. Rounding out the list of apps are Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, and Chumby, with more to come, Best Buy tells us. In addition to the easy access to content, the story here is that the UI plays nice with existing cable boxes, making the installation easy even if the person holding the remote doesn’t happen to have a lengthy serial number on hand. Look for the 32-inch number for 9, with the 42-incher fetching 9. Find the full PR and some b-roll video after the break, along with a smattering of hands-on shots of what should be an all-too-familiar interface.
Gallery: Insignia TVs with TiVo’s UI
Best Buy launches Insignia connected TVs with DVR-less TiVo originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.