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TiVo Bolt® V2

4-tuner DVR records cable TV programs or over-the-air broadcasts, streams web content (1TB storage)

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Overview

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The TiVo Bolt V2 is a compact, easy-to-use high-def DVR, but it's much more than that. By combining all your entertainment options in one box, it lets you relax and watch without switching devices, toggling inputs, or juggling remotes. Whether you subscribe to cable or get your TV via over-the-air broadcasts, TiVo Bolt lets you watch what you want, when you want.

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TiVo Bolt V2 lets you quickly access your cable or broadcast TV programs, as well as streamed content, including 4K programs on Netflix and YouTube.

TiVo Bolt pulls all your entertainment together

The TiVo Bolt V2 is a compact, easy-to-use high-def DVR, but it's much more than that. By combining all your entertainment options in one box, it lets you relax and watch without switching devices, toggling inputs, or juggling remotes. Whether you subscribe to cable or get your TV via over-the-air broadcasts, TiVo Bolt lets you watch what you want, when you want.

Bolt also includes built-in apps for some of the most popular streaming services: Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora®, and more. With the ability to access local over-the-air TV broadcasts and streamed content — including 4K Ultra HD — from one box, Bolt is a cord-cutter's dream.

Record up to 4 shows at once

Whether you choose the 500GB or 1TB version, Bolt can record many, many hours of crystal-clear high-def programs. This is a 4-tuner DVR, so you can watch one cable TV or broadcast program while recording up to three other programs. Or record four different programs simultaneously while you watch a previously recorded show.

Find movies and shows fast with unified search

TiVo's DVRs still offer uniquely intelligent ways to find your favorite shows. For example, OneSearch™ scours multiple platforms like broadcast or cable TV and Netflix simultaneously, so your search experience is always fast, simple and seamless. It even tells you how much — if anything — it will cost you to watch. No more drilling down into each app and doing multiple hunt-and-seek searches. Find shows and movies by title, actor, director or keyword — and start watching in seconds.

And OnePass™ tracks down every available season and episode of a show — whether it's on television or a streaming app — and creates a customizable watchlist for you. These unique capabilities are made possible by TiVo's subscription service, which is required to keep the DVR's programming info updated. (A TiVo subscription costs $14.99/mo.)

Great TiVo time-savers

Bolt V2's new SkipMode™ feature means you'll spend a lot less time waiting for commercial breaks to end. With a single press of a button, you can simply continue watching your recorded show. It's pretty addictive. SkipMode™ works with 20 of the top channels (listed in Product Highlights, below). Another new trick, QuickMode™, lets you zip through your recorded shows 30% faster than normal speed, with pitch-corrected audio (no chipmunk chatter here).

RF remote and Remote Finder

The powerful RF signal from TiVo's iconic peanut-shaped remote lets you control the Bolt even if it's tucked away behind a cabinet door. Even better, if you misplace your remote, Bolt can help you find it. Just press the handy "Remote Finder" button on the back of the unit, and your remote plays a little tune to reveal its location.

Go multi-room with a TiVo Mini

You can expand the TiVo viewing experience beyond your living room by adding TiVo Minis to TVs in other rooms of your home. You'll enjoy all the great TiVo features on those other TVs. You can connect up to 11 Minis to one Bolt V2 through a wired connection to your home network, either via Ethernet or coaxial cable (MoCA).

What is MoCA?

MoCA (pronounced "mocha," like the chocolate coffee drink) stands for Multimedia over Coax Alliance. It's a great networking option if you can't easily make a wired Ethernet connection. MoCA delivers the same high-speed network connection you get with an Ethernet cable, and delivers it through your existing coax cable (the wire you use to receive cable TV) to any room in your home. When you set up a MoCA adapter in your home, your TiVo DVR will receive cable TV and connect to your home network through your existing coax cable.

Product Highlights:

  • high-definition DVR replaces your cable box (requires cable TV subscription and a multi-stream CableCARD™ decoder from your local service provider, or a Verizon FIOS subscription)
  • built-in tuners for watching and recording cable TV or over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required for OTA)
  • 4-tuner design lets you record four cable or local broadcast programs simultaneously, or watch one program while recording three others
  • records up to 150 hours of HD content to built-in 1TB hard disk drive
  • dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi® provides fast, reliable wireless streaming for single-room systems
  • stream movies and shows to your TV from Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, and more (including 4K content on Netflix and YouTube)
  • stream music from Pandora®, iHeartRadio and more to your home audio setup
  • OneSearch™ searches across multiple platforms to make finding movies and shows quick and easy
  • OnePass™ tracks down every season and episode of a show, whether it's on TV or a streaming app
  • SkipMode™ lets you skip entire commercial breaks on 20 top channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, AMC Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, TBS, FX, TLC, History Channel, TNT, The CW, Food Network, USA, Bravo, ABC Family, SyFy, Lifetime, and HGTV
  • QuickMode™ lets you zip through recorded shows 30% faster than normal with pitch-corrected audio
  • watch live and recorded shows on all your screens via web or free iOS® and Android™ apps
  • cast shows from your mobile device to your TV
  • Plex app lets you access content from your computer
  • TiVo Bolt V2 does not work with satellite services such as DIRECTV® and Dish, Google Fiber, or AT&T U-verse
Connections:
  • coax connector for cable TV or antenna signal input, and MoCA internet-over-cable networking
  • HDMI 2.0 output supports 1080p and 4K video (6-ft. HDMI cable included)
  • CableCARD slot (in compartment on underside of unit)
  • Ethernet port for a fast, reliable wired network connection
  • two USB ports (handy for USB-powered accessories)
  • eSATA port for connecting an external hard drive to expand recording capacity (up to 1TB)
  • optical digital audio output (can pass Dolby® Digital multichannel or 2-channel audio)
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack audio output
General Features:
  • multibrand RF remote control with Remote Finder button on unit
  • 11-1/4"W x 1-7/8"H x 8-3/16"D
  • weight: 1.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires subscription to TiVo service ($14.99/mo.)

What's in the Box:

  • Cable/OTA DVR & Streamer
  • AC power adapter (attached 5.5' DC cord)
  • RF remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 70" HDMI cable
  • Setup + Product Features booklet
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Features

TiVo Bolt (1TB): The TiVo Bolt (1TB) is the perfect solution for those who want to keep their cable service but want to eliminate paying a monthly cable box rental fee, or simply want to "cut-the-cord" completely. The TiVo Bolt acts as your cable box via a multi-stream CableCARD (sold separately from your cable provider). If you don't have cable, it also features a quad tuner and is able to pull in over-the-air signals via an external antenna (sold separately - see accessories tab). Cable or OTA (over-the-air) content can be recorded using the Bolt's built-in 1TB DVR. In addition, the TiVo Bolt also has the ability to stream entertainment content from the major online service providers.

Notes:

  • The TiVo Bolt can be setup as a Cable TV or Off-Air TV tuner, but not both.
  • The TiVo Bolt is not compatible with Satellite TV (like DirecTV & DishNetwork) or AT&T U-verse.

TiVo Service: A TiVo service plan is required. You can choose from a Monthly Plan, Annual Plan, or All-In Plan. Go to tivo.com/activate, or call TiVo Customer Support at 1-877-367-8486. You'll need your 15-digit TiVo Service Number (TSN), found on the label on the back of the TiVo Bolt.

  • Monthly Plan: The Monthly Plan with 1-year commitment ($14.99/month, plus any applicable taxes) is available for the TiVo Bolt.
  • Annual Plan: The Annual Plan (currently $149.99/year, plus any applicable taxes) is available for TiVo Bolt.
  • All-In Plan: The All-In Plan ($599.99 one-time fee, plus any applicable taxes) provides service for the life of the TiVo Bolt for which it is purchased, and remains with the device in the event of an ownership transfer.

M-Card Decoder: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) is designed to replace your old cable box with a more powerful, advanced, and innovative DVR system. You'll need a multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card) to watch & record encrypted digital cable channels through the TiVo Bolt. You'll be able to watch & record up to 4 digital cable channels at once through the TiVo Bolt, additional TiVo Minis (59293000, sold separately), the TiVo Mobile App on your Apple iOS or Android device, or on your computer (via TiVo Online). You will need to order the M-Card from your cable provider (additional fees may apply). Once you have the M-Card installed, your cable provider will send the necessary signals for your to receive your digital cable programming.

Note: While the TiVo Bolt is fully compatible with your cable service, it does not replace your cable service; you still need a cable provider and cable subscription to deliver your cable TV programming.

Quad OTA Tuner: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) is equipped with four built-in over-the-air tuners, so you can record up to four OTA programs at one time. You can even watch up to four shows at once time with additional TiVo Minis (59293000, sold separately), the TiVo Mobile App on your Apple iOS or Android device, or on your computer (via TiVo Online). It features a F-type coax connector on the rear-panel to plug in a HDTV antenna (sold separately - see accessories tab).

Note: An external HDTV antenna (sold separately) is required to receive over-the-air programming.

On-Screen Program Guide: The on-screen program guide displays up to two weeks of TV programming (Cable or OTA). You can select which channels are displayed in the program guide. Select All (all available channels), My Channels (recommended channels), or Favorites (favorite channels).

1TB DVR: The TiVo Bolt  records up to four shows (Cable or OTA) at once and provides up to 1TB of recording capacity; enough for roughly 150 hours of HD programming.

  • Auto Save Live TV: Up to 30 minutes of the current channel's broadcast is always being saved, even when you're not recording. When you change channels, the TiVo Bolt clears the saved portion on the tuner you're watching and starts saving again on the new channel. So, if the saved portion is important to you, either record the program or don't change the channel.
  • Overlap Protection: Being able to record multiple programs at the same time doesn't eliminate all possible recording conflicts. The Overlap Protection feature gives you additional options for dealing with recording conflicts when they occur. Overlap Protection works by determining the priority of each program scheduled to record. If Overlap Protection is turned off, when two shows are scheduled to record on the same tuner but overlap by a few minutes, the lower priority recording is cancelled. But with Overlap Protection turned on, the TiVo DVR simply clips the lower priority recording by just enough minutes to allow both programs to record.
  • Extending Live Recordings: Live events (like sporting events and awards shows) often run past their scheduled end time. When the Extend Live Recordings setting is turned on, the TiVo Bolt will remind you to add extra time when you set up a recording of a live event.

  • Transfer Recordings: You can even transfer recordings between TiVo boxes by visiting TiVo Online. You can select single recordings, multiple recordings, or all recordings to transfer from one TiVo box to another. You'll see a confirmation screen when your recordings are being transferred.  When transferring recordings between TiVo boxes, If you run out of storage space on the receiving DVR, then the oldest recorded shows on that DVR will be deleted to make room for the shows you're currently transferring.

Online Streaming Content: In addition to over-the-air programming, the TiVo Bolt gives you access to many of the major entertainment online services for movies, TV, shows, music, news, & sports. The TiVo Bolt will require a wired or wireless network connection to your router and an active internet provider account. Additional fees & subscriptions will apply per online service.

Note: We recommend a home network connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended for standard definition, 10 Mbps for high definition, and 20 Mbps for ultra-high definition.

PLEX for Media Sharing: With PLEX on the TiVo Bolt (1TB), you'll be able to enjoy media stored on your computer or network-attached storage device right on the big screen. Now streaming your personal computer content (Photos, Videos, & Music) to your TV is easier than ever through PLEX and the TiVo Bolt.

Video Casting: If you have an Apple iOS or Android device with the Netflix or YouTube app installed, you can take advantage of your mobile device's keyboard and search for shows in the app, then cast them directly to the TiVo Bolt and your connected TV. Apple TV owners can also cast their recorded shows to their Apple TV with AirPlay.

TiVo Online: TiVo Online gives you the convenience of TV on your computer by consolidating online apps, making it easy to find and watch what you want in one place. Watch TV shows and games live. Enjoy shows you've already recorded. Launch streaming content at the push of a button. You can even create a OnePass, see what's on tonight and manage all your settings.

Optional TiVo Mini: Add the TiVo Mini (59293000, sold separately) to your other TVs in your home and get the same experience in every room. Best of all, won't pay in additional monthly fees. The TiVo Mini lets you to share your TiVo Bolt experience on another TV in your house. Watch live TV, recorded shows, and stream from the web in a different room. TiVo Mini lets you to share your TiVo experience on another TV in your house. Watch live TV, recorded shows, and stream from the web in another room.

Note: You can add up to 10 TiVo Mini(s).

Controls

RF Remote Control: The included RF remote lets you control the TiVo Bolt, even if it's tucked away behind a cabinet door. The TiVo Bolt includes a remote finder feature. The TiVo remote will automatically be able to change channels on your TV and display all the TiVo menus, because these functions are done through the TiVo DVR. You can also program the remote to change the volume and input of your television, as well as turn your TV on/off.

Note: If you don't know where your Bolt remote is, press the Remote Finder button on the back of the TiVo Bolt. The Bolt remote will play the TiVo tune to help you locate it. Press any button on the remote to cancel the tune.

TiVo Mobile App: Control the TiVo Bolt (1TB) with the free TiVo mobile app for Apple iOS 7.0+ and Android OS 4.0+ devices. The TiVo mobile app lets you use your tablet or smartphone as your TiVo remote control - find and explore shows, schedule recordings, control live TV & recorded shows, plus more. With the TiVo mobile app, you're also able to stream live & recorded shows, as well as TiVo compatible online content from your TiVo Bolt directly to your mobile device from within in your home network and outside of your home network.

Note: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same network for remote control.

Unified Search Tools: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) offers a variety of unified search tools which lets you browse a variety of content across multiple platforms, including TV (Cable or OTA) & online content.

  • OneSearch: OneSearch scours multiple platforms like TV (Cable or OTA) and online Content simultaneously, so your search experience is always fast, simple and seamless. No more drilling down into each app and doing multiple hunt-and-seek searches. Find shows and movies by title, actor, director, or keyword.
  • OnePass: OnePass tracks down every available season and episode of a show (whether it's on cable, over-the-air, or a streaming app) and creates a customizable "watchlist" for you. Start with the pilot episode or jump in anywhere mid-season. OnePass even automatically records upcoming episodes and adds them to your list.
  • My Shows: All of your recordings, streaming videos, and downloaded or transferred shows appear in the My Shows list. Folder & Category search functions help you quickly locate shows in the list.
  • Discovery Bar: The Discovery Bar displays lots of  great viewing options such as popular shows or sports events that are playing on live TV (Cable or OTA), items from your My Shows list, TiVo Suggestions, new video on demand shows, and more.
  • What To Watch Now: With "What to Watch Now", the TiVo Bolt helps you sort through your options by showing which popular shows, personal favorites and sporting events are now playing - so you'll never have to surf channels again.
  • WishList: A WishList search finds shows that match your search criteria on any channel you receive, and it keeps on searching for as long as you keep the WishList search. You can search for something with multiple criteria or that is very specific by entering a keyword or keywords. You can even choose the Bolt to auto-record matches to your WishList search.

TiVo Ratings & Suggestions: You can rate any show (whether it's live, recorded, or listed in the program guide). You can give a show up to 3 Thumbs Up (Great) or 3 Thumbs Down (Terrible). TiVo Suggestions uses these ratings to create a list of shows you might like. The more shows you rate over time, the better TiVo Suggestions will get at finding interesting shows for you.

Auto-Recording TiVo Suggestions: When the TiVo box has available space, it automatically records TiVo Suggestions (based on your ratings & viewing habits). However, you don't need to worry about recorded Suggestions taking up your space. TiVo Suggestions never replace shows you record, or prevent your shows from being recorded. TiVo Suggestions are always the first shows deleted to make room for your recordings. This feature can be turned on or off.

SkipMode: No more waiting for commercial breaks to be over. SkipMode lets you skip commercial breaks of select recorded content. With a single press of a button on the remote, you can skip those annoying commercials and continue watching your recorded show. SkipMode works with certain recorded shows on the top 20 channels - including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, AMC Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, TBS, FX, TLC, History Channel, TNT, The CW, Food Network, USA, Bravo, ABC Family, Syfy, Lifetime, & HGTV.

Note: This feature is available only on select shows, and only after they are finished recording. TiVo hopes to make the feature available for the most popular shows on the most popular channels watched by TiVo subscribers. That means you'll find SkipMode on many shows that you record between 4:30pm and midnight (or 12:30am. on major networks) on the most widely-watched networks.

QuickMode: QuickMode lets you zip through your recorded shows (and shows with a buffer) 30% faster than normal speed with pitch-corrected audio. It's the ideal way to power through slow-moving news shows or sporting events.

Info-Banner: The Info-Banner displays the show's title, description, ratings, and other information. It appears whenever you change the channel.

For the Vision & Hearing Impaired: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) is ready to help vision- and hearing-impaired users get the most out of the TiVo experience. TiVo offers an audible screen reader for the vision impaired and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Parental Controls: Parental Controls help you make sure your family has access to only those shows you want them to watch. Set limits on movie and television ratings, lock specific channels, and prevent viewing of recorded shows that violate the settings you choose.

Connectivity

Wired & Wireless Network Connectivity: The TiVo Bolt (1TB) needs a high-speed Internet connection to receive program listings, TiVo service updates, and on-demand content. A wired connection can be made via Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) or MoCA, while a wireless connection can be made via its built-in WiFi (802.11ac). The type of network connection you choose will depend on what you want to do with your TiVo setup.

  • Built-in WiFi (Wireless): If you plan to stream shows to mobile devices but not other TiVo boxes, you can use a wireless connection and connect the TiVo Bolt to your wireless router over WiFi (802.11ac). Wireless connection speeds are typically not fast enough to stream shows between TiVo boxes reliably.
  • Ethernet & MoCA (Wired): If you plan to stream shows to and from other TiVo boxes, a wired connection is recommended. Choose between an Ethernet or MoCA wired connection. There is a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet jack provides a wired connection to your network router. Use the TiVo Bridge (592B6000, sold separately) to connect the TiVo Bolt to your home network over coax/MoCA.

HDMI 2.0 Out (4K Compatible): The TiVo Bolt (1TB) is outfitted with an HDMI 2.0 output to connect to your Ultra-HD TV. The HDMI output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (24/60Hz) & 4K UHD video resolutions. It also supports 2ch to 7.1ch audio output, including support for Dolby Digital & Dolby Digital Plus.

Optical Digital Output: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the TiVo Bolt is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital output which support 2ch to 5.1ch audio, including Dolby Digital.

Stereo Minijack Output: There is also a rear-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) output that supports 2ch audio.

F-Type Coax Connector: There is a F-type coax connector on the rear-panel to connect your external antenna (sold separately - see accessory list) or coax cable from your cable provider.

E-SATA Port (external storage): You can connect an external hard drive via the unit's e-Sata port.

Dual USB Ports: There are two USB (type-A) ports on the back of the unit for future & service use.

AC Power Adapter: The included AC adapter must be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.

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Why did you buy this?

For my main tv. [ W Farris  Oct 19, 2017 ]
The TiVo Bolt [V2] works with a HD Antenna {air-waves; no cable} unlike the TiVo Bolt+, so future consumers need to know this if they are trying to "break-lose" from the excessively insane HIGH COST ($$$.$$) of cable these days ~ says Retired Navy Chief. [ Bryan A  Jun 25, 2017 ]
best price and fastest delivery [ Aaron  Oct 29, 2017 ]
Same price as mini TiVo now with more capabilities [ W Farris  Oct 19, 2017 ]
Recommended by Otis, awesome Crutchfield advisor, and I wanted to be sure my new 4K TV would be maximized [ Deborah  Oct 07, 2017 ]
Have tried other services such as DirecTV and including streaming with Roku/Sling TV. DirecTV good service but far too expensive with 90% of channels I don't every watch. DVR service with Sling very erratic and not all channels I want to watch are available in the packages they offer. [ JOHN V  Sep 12, 2017 ]
Because I can no longer tolerate the unreliable, outdated COX (Motorola) DVR and archaic 4:3 program guide interface. Still don't agree with monthly fee though. That would be like Apple charging a monthly fee to use macOS. It should be included (updates,..etc) in price. Maybe charge for major updates. [ Darryl  Jun 29, 2017 ]

3 questions already asked

New, but I don't need it after all so it's still sitting in its original box completely unused. However, I would believe it would work just fine. [ Bryan A  Apr 17, 2018 ]
No idea. Sorry. [ Gerald  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Yes, it does come with a remote. [ Aaron  Nov 20, 2017 ]
Yes, and also includes batteries. [ Howard  Nov 19, 2017 ]
A TiVo service plan is required for using the built-in OTA tuner(s) and DVR. You can choose from a Monthly Plan (with 1-year commitment $14.99/month, plus any applicable taxes), Annual Plan (currently $149.99/year, plus any applicable taxes), or The All-In Plan ($599.99 one-time fee, plus any applicable taxes) which provides service for the life of the TiVo Bolt for which it is purchased. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to reach out to an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Jun 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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