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TiVo Bolt

TiVo Bolt

from  $299.99+
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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Bolt isn't for cord-cutters, or power TiVo users who value Lifetime service or need more recording space and tuners. But for the casual TV viewer who just wants a better cable box without making a huge upfront investment? Even with an interestingly curved frame, it's a perfect fit -- all while piling on extras like commercial skipping and sending recordings to your phones and tablets.

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Pros
  • Commercial skipping is easy to use and works as promised
  • QuickMode is the best way to binge watch in a hurry
  • Faster than previous TiVos
  • One year of TiVo service included
Cons
  • "Lifetime"TiVo service just got way more expensive
  • No out-of-home streaming yet, no six-tuner or 3TB option
  • Odd shapeisn't for everyone
  • SkipMode sometimes failed to appear on shows where it should

Specs

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR
Number of digital tuners
4
Video outputs
Antenna / RF
Video services
Netflix, Youtube
Type
Number of digital tuners
Video outputs
Video services
High def DVR
4
Antenna / RF
Netflix, Youtube

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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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