Nearly a year ago, TiVo announced the Bolt DVR with 4K compatibility and a sleek new design. However, that release left many power users in the dark because of limited tuners and storage in comparison to past models. TiVo has stepped up today with the new Bolt+ that includes six tuners and a massive 3TB hard drive for $499 plus a service fee. It even made a return to the black colorway while still maintaining its attractive curved design.
The newest TiVo will replace the Roamio Pro with a mix of specs between the original Bolt and today’s announcement. Features include 4K, Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services plus SkipMode returns from the smaller model. Upgrades from the previous generation Pro include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit ethernet. TiVo has also included a new faster processor with three times as much internal RAM.
The Bolt+ will unfortunately not be able to handle OTA content like the Roamio. However, it does have six tuners which pairs nicely with the large 3TB hard drive. That’s good for around 450 hours of HD content (or less in 4K). Users are likely to fill that up quickly if maximizing the full potential of the Bolt+. One area where today’s model takes a step back is its capacity for simultaneous streams. The Roamio Pro could pump out four at a time while the upgraded Bolt can only handle half as many.
Looking at comparative pricing, the Bolt+ sits at the top of the TiVo food chain. At $499, you’ll be paying upwards of $200+ over its little siblings. That’s before any subscriptions are even considered. As you know, TiVo will charge you $15 per month or $150 annually to leverage the full power of this device. An all-in subscription runs an additional $549 (wow). It will be available via Amazon on September 15th, as well as direct from TiVo.
If you’re a TiVo power user, today’s likely the announcement that you’ve been waiting for. The price point is certainly difficult to swallow, even more so when subscription fees and a lack of OTA capabilities are considered. TiVo’s smaller Bolt continues to be an attractive option in the meantime.
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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CEDIA EXPO – TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced an exciting addition to the TiVo BOLT® family, the TiVo BOLT+, being showcased at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas this week. The TiVo BOLT+ includes six tuners, 3TB of recording capacity, and a new black chassis, creating the ultimate multi-room video experience for customers looking for a best-in-class, all-in-one entertainment device. The TiVo BOLT+ will be demonstrated at Booth #3014 in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center during CEDIA 2016.
“With the TiVo BOLT+, our goal is to deliver the best DVR ever sold to consumers and continue to deliver a product with features that provide great value for our resell partners. The 4K TiVo BOLT+ is the all-in-one video system people have been waiting for,” said Ira Bahr, general manager of TiVo retail products. “The ultimate multi-room video set up, TiVo BOLT+ eliminates some of the install hassle resellers run into including expensive matrix switchers, while providing the unified entertainment features that users have come to expect and are excited about.”
TiVo BOLT+ is the unified entertainment system that satisfies even the most voracious entertainment appetite, with more tuners, greater recording capacity, 4K capabilities, TiVo’s SkipMode
TiVo BOLT+ includes the following features from its predecessor, the TiVo BOLT:
- 4K: Connect TiVo BOLT+ to a 4K TV and stream content in ultra-high-definition resolution with spectacular, eye-popping color and detail.
- SkipMode: Skip commercial breaks of recorded shows with the press of a single button.
- QuickMode: Watch recordings 30 percent faster with pitch-corrected audio.
: Consolidate all episodes of favorite shows via cable, and internet video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video,2 creating a universal watch list across all providers.
: Search across local channels and internet video services to find which shows are available and where they can be viewed.
- Remote Access: Watch live TV and recorded shows from a tablet or smartphone anywhere in the home, as well as download or stream shows to watch out of the home and on the go.3
The TiVo BOLT+ is priced at $499.99.4 The TiVo BOLT+ will be available on September 15, 2016, online at www.tivo.com, Amazon, Magnolia retail stores and custom install dealers nationally.
Visit TiVo at CEDIA 2016 to get a demo of the TiVo BOLT+. CEDIA 2016 runs from September 13-17 in Dallas, TX. The TiVo Booth (#3014) is located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. For more information about TiVo products and service, visit www.TiVo.com.
TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO) is the global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights. From the interactive program guide to the DVR, TiVo delivers innovative products and licensable technologies that revolutionize how people find content across a changing media landscape. TiVo enables the world’s leading media and entertainment providers to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience. Explore the next generation of entertainment at tivo.com, forward.tivo.com or follow us on Twitter@tivo or @tivoforbusiness.
1 SkipMode feature is not available for all recorded shows.
2 Broadband internet connection is required to access and receive streaming content. Availability of third-party content from streaming sources is subject to change, and certain third-party fees may apply.
3 Compatible tablets and mobile devices consist solely of an iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® device running iOS 7.0 or later, or an Android
4 Plus any applicable taxes. In addition, a TiVo service plan is required and priced separately.
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