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President Of Tivo Unveils The Bolt 4K-Ready DVR For Streaming

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TiVo announced the latest addition to its Series 6 lineup of players with the arrival of the TiVo BOLT.

The BOLT is a uniquely designed, all-white player offering 4K support as well as a revamped user interface that introduces new features like the ability to skip commercial breaks on recorded content as well as the ability to speed up playback 30 percent faster while listening to pitch-corrected audio.

Basics

Cable + OTA support
CPU Cores/DMIPS: 2/11,000
DDR memory: 3 GB
HDMI Output: 4K/HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2
4K decode: Yes – HEVC/VP9
HDD: 500 GB or 1 TB
Transcode/#Streams: On-Chip/1-2
Wired Networks: Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: 802.11ac/n 2×2
MoCA: MOCA 2.0
No. of tuners: 4
Control Input: IP/RF4CE/Bluetooth (future)
11.4″ W x 7.3″ D x 1.8″ H
1.9 lbs.

Pros:

Smaller footprint with modern design
4K/Ultra High Def Platform
Upgraded software
Better performance
New features including “QuickMode” and “SkipMode”
In-home and out-of-home streaming (out-of-home in 2016)

Cons:

Starting at $299.99, more expensive than streaming media players like Apple TV ($149+), Fire TV ($99.99), Roku 3 ($99.99)
Still requires monthly or annual subscription fee ($14.99/mo or $149/year) but waived for year 1
Busy user interface and cluttered remote with a lot of buttons equates to a higher learning curve for new users
No Hulu support at launch
Limits on streaming to mobile devices

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