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.

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.

Our Review of the TiVo Bolt or Confessions of a TiVo Virgin

Tivo-boltSo, I am going to have to admit that I would like to think that I have the latest in technology, but I didn’t have a TiVo until a few days ago. In fact, I was pleased that I could try out the TiVo Bolt.

If you aren’t familiar with TiVo, then where have you been? I guess the same place where I have been, but at least I know what a TiVo is. In the case of the Bolt, it is the most recent model and is supposed to be a “Unified Entertainment System”.

The biggest selling point of the TiVo Bolt is that it allows you to skip commercials entirely. That is, if the show is set up for that feature, but you better believe that my wife was pleased to see the The Bachelor without any commercials. There is also this QuickMode for watching shows 30 percent faster like sports, news, and political addresses.

Tivo RemoteI will have to say that I found it easy to use. The moment I had it set up, I was able to check the guide and then select what shows that I wanted to watch. I found out later there is this feature known as OnePass, and if you use that, then you can just select a show and have all the episodes brought to you. Okay, I am oversimplifying this process, but the TiVo bolt is there for you with Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and much more.

I will have to say that the set-up was pretty easy. I had a chance to plug my cable directly into the TiVo Bolt box, and then connect an HDMI into the TV. I needed to get a Cable Card from my cable company, which is Time/Warner.

I will say two things that I had trouble with some things. First, my service gave me the Disney channel on channel 23, and now it’s gone. So much for that deal. Then there was a time where the Bolt just stopped working. Seriously, it just stopped. Then I had to call the cable company, and they claimed it was a cable card problem. So I replaced the card and had the same problem. That didn’t work. Then I suggested to the cable company that I could just unplug the thing, and plug it back in. So then it worked. What is up?

Still, it was worth it for what I have. I now have all the stations with Netflix and all sorts of other possible combinations. From now on, if I can watch it on my TV, I am TiVo-ing it. This allows me to watch a recorded program on my computer as well as my smartphone. The best thing about the TiVo bolt is it is set up for 4K. Yeah, I don’t have 4K either, but man, do my network shows look good on my TV, like the best.

If this is something that you want, check it out for $299.99 plus one year of service on the TiVo site.