4 comments on “New product: the TiVo BOLT

  1. Actually I think it is 5 years before you would see any savings with the cost of All In as you also have to figure in the 1 year of prepaid service you pay for with the initial purchase before the additional $599 for All In service. Unlike Product Lifetime Service used to be, the ALL IN plan is really not worth it.

    The monthly service is $14.99 a month if you don’t choose the annual renewal of $149

    Tivo has also done away with the multiservice discount for having multiple Tivo’s on the same account.

    Tivo has made it pretty obvious that they want to move all subscribers to the monthly or annual subscription plan instead of the lifetime All In Plan. This is probably a good thing for most consumers anyway, what with the coming repack of the OTA channel assignments in some markets and eventually the move to ATSC 3.0 which will render all the current ATSC 1.0 tuners obsolete and unusable, just as with the move to Analog.

    I’m not a fan of the white case or the arched design. I also don’t care for Tivo going to the 2.5in hard drives in the Bolt. I have a feeling the wear and tear of DVR use on those little drives will wear them out quickly, although they are easily replaceable, like with the Roamio’s.

    Using Plex with the Bolt and it’s newer processor is much improved, as it now supports 1080p and direct streaming, which the Roamio’s cant do. Gigabit ethernet on the Bolt is a nice addition too.

    • Thanks JM, I edited my post to clearly state that the monthly option charge is $15 vs. an average $12.50/mo for the yearly plan.

      The terms and conditions for non-TiVo outlet purchase of the All-In Plan state, “Upon activation, you will have the option of upgrading your service subscription to an All-In Plan.”

      If I am “upgrading” to All-In, they should knock $150 off the original $300, since it includes a year of service. But I bet you are right, they are probably considering the subscription to begin after the prepaid year (I sent TiVo an email to get the official word). If so, All-In is even less attractive, especially in light of your information about ATSC 3.0 and the channel repack, which I had been unaware of.

      Here is a Consumer Reports article about it for readers: When the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard arrives, your TV tuner will stop working.

      I’m glad to hear that Plex improves with the BOLT.

      I really appreciate all your feedback, JM.

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