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TiVo Bolt + Has more Tuners and More Memory

tivo-boltOkay, I have had a great time reviewing the TiVo Bolt, and now there is a TiVo Bolt +, or Plus. It has six tuners (the ability to record six shows at once) and three terabytes of recording capacity (up to 450 hours).

Now, I don’t know about the tuners part in comparison to the old version, but my Bolt only has 1 TB. Just to compare, the TiVo Bolt + has the same dimensions as the original, and I am assuming that it is black in color (the original was white).

Also with the Bolt + is the Skip Mode, which helps to skip commercial breaks at the press of a button. I’m not certain if the original Bolt had Quick Mode, but it allows watching for shows 30 percent faster with pitch-corrected audio.

Oh yes, it also has the Mobile live TV and recorded shows on the application, which is something that I love, personally.

As far as all the ports are concerned, it has the Coax, Audio L/R, HDMI, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 ports. Again, I don’t know how this compares to the original Bolt, but it is capable of 4K TV.

As far as the price is concerned, it is about $499. As a comparison, it is $200 more than the original. Normally, I put a link on the site for how to purchase the item, but I am told that it won’t show up until September 15.

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 No Comments

TiVo Roamio OTA DVR

tivo roamio_ota_frontI’ve had a fun time reviewing TiVo products, with my review of the TiVo Bolt, and it has changed the way that I watch TV. It is high time for my review of the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, which is made for those who want to experience the TiVo experience on antenna TV.

Now, I am not familiar with an HD antenna, but it is apparently a thing. For those who have been using the HD antenna, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR is able to give users one terabyte of recording, which is about 150 HD hours. For those who want to do SkipMode, this will do it, so you don’t get to see commercials. Oh, and you will have access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube.

It also includes OnePass, which can track every available season and episode of a show. So if you want to watch an entire program, it is possible. There is also QuickMode, which allows for skipping through shows at a 30 percent faster rate.

So yes, it has all of the TiVo features that make a TiVo a TiVo. What is interesting is how even though it is antenna only, there is this thing on back that allows me to open it up. Now, I have the TiVo Bolt, and this is the spot where the cable card is inserted. Granted, the cable-card doesn’t have a cradle, but I made a transfer from the Bolt. It didn’t take.

Here’s the thing: when I set up the Roamio on my TV, it gave the option of setting it up for cable. I called the company to see if I could set it up for cable, and they said no. So what gives? Did TiVo make this thing and say: “Nah, we don’t need no stinking cable”.

You should be able to purchase the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR here on the TiVo site. Just to let you know, you might be able to get a cheaper version of it. Speaking of cheap, there is no subscription cost.

Posted by on August 9th, 2016 No Comments

Just Watch the Nostalgia Critic if you aren’t already.

Picture 36Yes, that is me in the middle, and the Nostalgia Critic on the right. On the left is Rob Walker, the Nostalgia Critic’s brother, and this picture was taken at MomoCon 2015 in Atlanta two weeks ago.

Okay, about a few years ago, I remembered hearing of a movie called Delgo, and I had never heard of it. Apparently, it was one of the worst computer-generated films of all time, and I thought that I could probably find a way to watch it for free online. I could not find it, but I found an Internet critic of it. From there, I became hooked on Internet critics, and if you are not familiar with them, it is essentially when a critic reviews a movie by showing quite a few more scenes than Siskel and Ebert, and really makes fun of it.

I found one of the best known as the Nostalgia Critic. The Nostalgia Critic, aka That Guy with the Glasses, aka Doug Walker, is a man that I could easily watch every day, and he has been doing work as an Internet critic since around 2007. In his early years, he would take movies that were not well-received, and he gave these films a deserved beat-down.

Some of the films he has done in the past include Batman and Robin, Space Jam, Patch Adams, and usually a lot of nineties ones that some have considered treasures from their childhood, but Walker disassembles these films for how bad they actually are. He has done other more recent films, and the most recent, to this writing, is Jupiter Ascending.

Picture 50What makes the Nostalgia Critic so interesting is that he has a lot of charisma and excitement when talking about film. He has the exuberance of Weird Al Yankovic, and he can get pretty loud when ranting about how stupid scenes from blockbusters can be. He is at his best when he is reviewing bad films, but he has discussed good films as well, and a few editorial comments where he just shares is opinion. He has also done several Top 11 lists (why 11, because he likes to go one step further).

He has several other running gags on his show, which has really upped its production values since its popularity. It used to be, his show was filmed in his house with a single camera in front of a blank background, but now he has his own office and goes out of his way to create various parody sketches around the movies that he reviews.

The Nostalgia Critic has his own channel called Channel Awesome and there are many Internet Critics that are under his wing including Angry Joe, who reviews video games, Linkara, who reviews comic books, and various other critics who review other mediums. Doug is no one man show on his own program, as he also has a few assistants who work with him like Malcolm and Tamara, as well as his brother Rob.

I have no idea why I like watching the Nostalgia Critic so much, but perhaps it is that is as excited about TV and movies as much as I am, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In a way, he shows fanboys like me that we aren’t alone, and we have a voice. Catch him on Channel Awesome with a new video every Tuesday.

Posted by on June 10th, 2015 No Comments

New Reality Show allows competitors to build their own Utopia

UtopiaI’m not a big fan of reality shows, as you might tell from my review of Series 7: The Contenders. I just don’t really see the appeal of them, and I actually can’t stand watching confession cam after confession cam in a situation where people start acting like idiots. That seems to be what all reality shows boil down to: people doing stupid stuff.

Fox is currently casting a new reality show simply called Utopia, and it is about 15 strangers made to live in some out-of-the-way farm and build a society from the ground up. I don’t know what will happen to this, but it has already been a hit in the Netherlands. Yeah, there are a lot of shows in America that were originally from other countries.

Now, here’s the point: there’s isn’t one. Seriously, what is the point a reality show where the competitors start a new society? Is it to find out if we really can come back from a zombie apocalypse? Well, if you want to apply, head to the Utopia website.

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Posted by on April 18th, 2014 No Comments