TiVo - BOLT 500GB DVR and Streaming Media Player - White
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- Streaming ServicesAmazon Video, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, iHeartRadio
- Maximum Video Resolution2160p
- Storage TypeInternal
- Storage Capacity500 gigabytes
- Number Of Tuners0
- Smart CapableYes
- Product NameBOLT 500GB DVR and Streaming Media Player
- Service FeeMonthly service plan at $14.99/mo.
- Content Subscription RequiredYes
- Cable(s) IncludedHDMI, Power
- Model NumberTCD849500V2
- Color CategoryWhite
Recording and Playback
- Instant StreamingYes
- Recording Resolution4096 x 2160
- Compatible Wireless Standard(s)Wireless AC
- Wi-Fi Built-inYes
- Ethernet Port(s)Yes
- Number of HDMI Outputs1
- Number Of Optical Digital Audio Outputs1
- Number Of USB Port(s)2
- Product Height1.8 inches
- Product Width11.4 inches
- Product Depth7.3 inches
- Product Weight1.9 pounds
- 4K Ultra HD CompatibleYes
- Remote Control IncludedYes
- Remote Control TypeIR
- Manufacturer's Warranty - PartsNot available
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNot available
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 375 reviews(375 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
It is good to be back on Tivo|Posted .
We had an earlier series model years ago, but then canceled our cable and thus didn't need it anymore. We love being back on Tivo and we're excited about all of the new features we found. It literally replaced 4 remote controls and made it almost unnecessary to have a smart TV. I say "almost" because on thing is definitely missing that would have gotten the Tivo Bolt all 5 stars: A Web browser! Why would you make such a great electronic device and not include the ubiquitous way that everyone on Earth is connected?I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Surprized How Much I Love It!|Posted .
I was trying to reduce cost with my cable DVR, so i got this and love it very much, the cable card you need i was able to get for FREE from my cable company as its free if its your primary source of the cable ( i turned my old box in ) and the tivo serivce is $15 a month so its saving me about 30$ a month works like my cable DVR and still allows me to access ON demand and other streaming services.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The best!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love tivo. Our household cut the cord (and by cord I mean satellite) about a year ago and we purchased the Roamio OTA which was awesome. Both the Roamio and the Bolt incorporate all of the things we love, all our extra subscriptions (netflix, hulu, amazon video, youtube, plex, and the bolt included xfinity on demand with our cable subscription) We decided on the Bolt when we switched internet providers to Comcast, who offered better speeds for the same price with an added tv cable package as AT&T's JUST mediocre internet speeds (even after the first year promotional prices) so we would be saving money our first year and receive the added 140+ cable channel package and the same amount as just paying for 25 Mbps At&T offered after the year was over and having incredible upload and download speeds. Tivo is for people who know before hand they don't want anything but the provider providing the signal. I knew before hand I did not want to purchase any extra boxes, modems, routers from Comcast and I didn't really get the freedom to do so with att much less direct TV. If you have satellite you have to check and see if they offer tivo services in your area before you make your purchase. I would say the likely answer is no. I also have a TIVO mini in the living room. We don't get any of those extra charges for extra boxes or router and modem rental fees which is one of the things I love about TIVO. The con: There is a yearly fee on top of the purchase price you can either pay 14.99 a month (one-year commitment) or pay 149.99 for a year's service. If your household has more than 2 TV's it might be worth it because of the extra charges you get from the cable company's extra boxes, usually one is free and the rest are extra, Plus you get a tivo: searches every path to get the shows you want and makes pretty cool recommendations, records television for you, and as a person that hates commercials, it now offers one button skip commercials for some channels and shows (BTW it only works after the show has finished airing. So shows will only skip with the single skip button after the show has aired and ended completely) it comes in handy for some movies that air on certain channels. I love Tivo as a company, I have owned a tivo off an on since the early 2000's and was devastated when DirectTV stopped using them. if you are tech savvy you'll love it, I think you might even if you are not. Getting it connected to your computer through the plex app and having all your movies at your finger tips and all your subscriptions up on your tv without having to worry about roku, chromecast is a cool plus for us. Installation was a hassle because the Comcast guy had no idea what was happening and had no idea what the tivo was. You will need a tivo card (maybe a few) I ended up doing the installation on my own through the phone and had to pick up the 2 tivo cards. All and all it was well worth it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Tivo Brings it all together|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am a 16 year owner of Tivo systems. I just purchased my Tivo Bolt to get access to some of the newer features. The first thing you will notice about the Bolt is the size it is small maybe a little less then 2/3 the size of my Tivo Premier. I love that it fits right in my tv stand. Hooking it up was no problem I am on the east coast and use Comcast so I just moved my tuner card from my older Tivo to the Bolt and when though TVIO set up I did not have to do the set up for the turner card. Once up and running I had to wait about 2 hours and I was able to go online and transfer my Tivo program record list from my old unit to the Bolt. I could have transferred any recordings I wanted also. I now have just the bolt running and I love it. One thing I love the best is when you watch a recorded show from a major station (abc cbs nbc etc..) as soon as a commercial break comes you hear a ding. That ding tells you if you press the green button "D" you skip all commercials and you are back to your show.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great alternative to cable provider boxes|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I decided to make the switch from DirecTV to cable and wanted to have DVR capabilities in multiple rooms. Using the cable company's equipment would have included additional monthly equipment charges, so I decided to give TiVO a try. Setting up the Cable Card was a test of patience because there aren't many people at Time Warner Cable with Cable Card experience so it took almost a week of phone calls and in-house service calls before I was finally able to speak with someone that knew what they were doing. Once set up, the TiVO Bolt is a great device and has all the functionality I'm looking for. It's a very small and light device compared to other DVR boxes and much more stylish. My only complaints about the TiVO Bolt are the guide and search features. The guide has a very limited view and doesn't give you a full screen of what's on multiple channels at the same time. I shows you one channel at a time and all the shows that are upcoming on that channel. Searching for televised events for your favorite sports teams doesn't have great results either. It's hard to explain, but if you search for Ohio State football you get a listing of a bunch of nonsense shows that might be related to football.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Realtively simple to set up and faster speed|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This has been a vast improvement over our previous TIVO. It responds at twice the speed of the last one. The slot for the card (you need one from your cable company) is underneath and not as easy to access, but you only have to do this once. Another tip, Photocopy or take a picture of all the Serial numbers and codes as you will need them to hand when you call to set it up.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best DVR for Cable and Streaming|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Tivo Bolt stands on its own. Compared to Cable co. DVRs ....well there is no comparison. Where most cable boxes are tuners with bolted on DVR Functionality, the Tivo is a far superior DVR that has cable box functionality. The best part is that it also is a very good streaming box and its 100% integrated. You can even record streaming channels. Its not quite an Apple TV or Roku from a streaming channel selection standpoint, but NetFlix and Amazon are there and thats what most people use. The Skip (commercials) mode function is incredible and worth the price alone. The DVR is snappy fast and 4K works great,. Best of all Tivo customer service is awesome - ask a question online, get and answer usually right away. The downside of the Bolt is you pay a fee for the service, but its still less than the rental of a cable box, and the warranty is extended for as long as you pay the service. I did not use an HDTV antenna, but the cable card install was so simple- but that depends on the cable company as well. The only other downside is that many of the advanced functions you will want over time have to be manually setup rather than the initial setup, but watch a few videos and its easy.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very Pleased|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've been the owner of two Series 2 TiVos for about 10 years now. Since one of them started flaking out, I decided to get the new TiVo Bolt. First of all, the Best Buy price for the 500GB was hard to beat (~$150 when I purchased). I was a little concerned whether 500GB was going to be enough space (since it appears you have fewer options about recording quality with the newer TiVos), but so far it hasn't been an issue. You can get an external drive for more storage space if needed, but so far TiVo has locked down purchase options (I believe only one model of Western Digital drives is compatible right now). The most welcome feature was the multi-tuner capability. Since the switch to digital cable, my Series 2 TiVos have been single-tuner boxes, since it requires the additional cable box for tuning. The 500GB Bolt has four tuners (utilizing a single multi-tuner CableCARD), allowing you to watch live TV while other programs are recording. The product itself has been a very pleasant experience. Switching to the apps (e.g. Netflix) is pretty snappy, and I like the integration of local recordings with options for streaming. There are some new features such as QuickMode (which is a quick-motion playback useful for speeding through long recordings such as sporting events) and Skip Mode (for skipping commercials). I do occasionally use QuickMode, admittedly just for playing around; I wouldn't miss it if this feature were removed later. Skip Mode is theoretically useful, but it's only available on some channels/programs, and isn't available until a short time after the program finishes. So far I haven't had much opportunity to use it. The CableCARD slot is a bit of a design annoyance. First of all, it's on the bottom of the device, so you have to flip the entire thing over and unhinge the opening to access. Flipping the TiVo upside down while it was on was a bit unnerving, but that's the directions I read online. Also, the lever you press to release the CableCARD from the slot is plastic and my cable technician broke it rather easily (requiring me to now use a pen or screwdriver to release the card), so be careful if you need to remove the card for any reason. Dealing with the cable company is another matter. It is obvious that they only begrudgingly support CableCARDs, and with the minimum support possible. I went through five CableCARDs before I got one that worked. They only provide them to you one at a time, and have no way of testing them in the office... you only know it works once you take it home and try it. The ones that didn't work were obviously used/refurbished and not taken care of (i.e. dents/scratches on the outside and not in a protective sleeve or box). If you get a technician that isn't familiar with TiVos and/or CableCARDs, they will quickly dismiss any issues as a "problem with the TiVo". Of course, you're in service limbo, as TiVo will blame the cable company and vice versa. If you use your TiVo for cable service, hold a rabbit's foot or something while calling the cable company, because it's like winning the lottery getting someone who knows what to do with CableCARDs and getting a card that works in the first place. Besides the service issues, I'm very pleased with the product itself, and would recommend it to everyone who still enjoys watching cable or OTA channels.
Q: QuestionDoes a tivo replace a cable digital box
Asked by Joe.
- A:Answer Yes, it does. If your'e using it with cable you get a cablecard from your cable company, which depending on the company is either free, or a few dollars a month. The Tivo then replaces any cable box you may have been using (and is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than cable DVRs). Just make sure the cable company quits charging you for the cable box after you give it back!
Answered by Wolf
Asked by Series3.
- A:Answer One comes with a year of free service and the other does not and its a $100 dollar diffence, but the ones that come with the year of free TiVo service won't last long because TiVo is no longer shipping them out.
Answered by senn22
Q: QuestionHow long did it take for your tivo to start working with cable service after signing up and activating? Who is your cable provider?
Asked by czarian.
- A:Answer I was on with Spectrum (Formerly Time Warner) Cable Card tech support for about 20 minutes with each box (I have 2) Once the Cable Card (and requires cable tuner box which the cable company should supply w/card) was inserted it went through some updates and installs and then tells you to call your cable provider cable service. For Spectrum, this tech support was separate from normal customer care. My two cents...
Answered by James