Aiming for the higher end of the retail market, TiVo has introduced a bulkier, higher-end version of its 4K-capable Bolt DVR model that tacks on more tuners and recording space.
TiVo’s Bolt+, introduced in concert with CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, packs six tuners and 3 terabytes of storage (enough for about 450 hours of HD content) inside a black chassis. It’s priced at $499.99 and will become available on September 15 at www.tivo.com and Amazon.com, as well as Magnolia retail stores and custom install dealers. The TiVo service costs an additional $14.99 per month.
By comparison, the original Bolt, launched last fall, is equipped with four tuners and two storage options – a 500 Gigabyte version that sells for $199.99 and a 1 terabyte model for $299.99 following a recent price cut – in a white chassis.
The new Bolt+ also supports recently introduced features such as “SkipMode," which lets users skip commercial breaks in most recorded shows on select channels, including those from the Big 4 broadcasters, and “QuickMode,” which enables users to watch recordings 30% faster with “pitch-corrected” audio.” TiVo Bolt and Bolt+ currently offer 4K content from Netflix and YouTube.
Both Bolt models also contain a CableCARD slot for cable-delivered pay-TV services and the ability to stream live TV and recorded shows to tablets and smartphones connected to the homework, and access to recorded shows when users are on the go.
The Bolt+ enables whole-home coverage via the TiVo Mini, along with support for the Apple TV (via AirPlay) and an app for Amazon Fire TV (for recorded shows).
TiVo ended its fiscal Q2 with 971,000 TiVo-owned (retail) subs and 6.68 million subs via partnerships with cable operators. TiVo and Rovi completed their $1.1 billion merger last week, with the new company keeping the TiVo name.
“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,” Ira Bahr, general manager of TiVo retail products, said in a statement.