If money were no object, I would be subscribed to the highest tier gazillion channel package from my local cable TV provider to supplement the content I already watch through my Amazon Fire TV. To bridge the gap between the two content streams, I would use the new Tivo Bolt DVR. Tivo’s latest set top box brings the company’s hardware lineup up to speed with the competition from Amazon, Apple, and Roku. The Tivo Bolt features 4K streaming support, HTML5 based apps, and a true one-click commercial skipping feature. A new upcoming Amazon Fire TV app will let you view all of your recorded content through the Fire TV.
The new Tivo Bolt is a compelling device for those still subscribed to traditional cable TV. It comes in a 4-tunner 500GB ($299) or 1TB ($399) model to record all of your live television needs. It’s the first set top box from Tivo to support 4K content and takes advantage of their expanding library of HTML5 based apps. One of the best new features of the Bolt is a the new “SkipMode” function which lets you skip commercials with a single button press. Tivo achieves this not by sophisticated algorithms to analyze what you’re watching, but rather by employing people to manually mark when commercials start and end for the top networks. Shows which support commercial skipping are indicated by a green skip icon in the program guide. A message will also appear on screen when skippable commercials begin, to prompt you to skip past the annoyance.
According to DigitalTrend’s review of the Tivo Bolt, a new Amazon Fire TV app is in the works from Tivo. While sideloading Tivo’s Anrdoid app onto the Fire TV is possible, this will be Tivo’s first official app for the Fire TV platform. The new app will allow Fire TV owners to view all of their recorded content stored on the Tivo Bolt. It’s not clear if the app will support 4K playback on the new Fire TV. I’ve reached out to Tivo for additional information about the app and will update this post if I learn more.
The Tivo Bolt is available for pre-order now and will be released on October 4th.