TiVo launching live TV/DVR apps for Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV

TiVo Bolt OTA
TiVo's new apps are arriving on the heels of the TiVo Bolt OTA DVR, launched in 2018. (TiVo)

TiVo has plans to extend the reach of its retail DVR devices by launching apps for Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV that can access live and recorded content from TiVo devices.

That’s according to Zatz Not Funny’s Dave Zatz, who posted a video demoing the TiVo app on Roku. The app provides a similar user experience as featured on TiVo devices like the Bolt, with tabs for live TV, recommendations, search, channel guide and on-demand content.

Zatz said the apps will launch in the second or third quarter of 2019. The Fire TV app will launch first and the Apple TV app will be the final addition to the lineup. TiVo will not be charging fees to customers who use the apps.

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TiVo currently offers a multiroom DVR experience via its TiVo Mini, a small connected TV device that can access TiVo DVR content without additional fees. The TiVo Mini VOX, which comes with a voice-controlled remote, retails for $179.99.

The upcoming TiVo client apps follow the recent launch of the TiVo Bolt OTA. The device allows users to hook up an HD antenna so they can watch and record local television programming. The device comes with a voice remote and an integrated user experience to put together broadcast content along with online streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

The device can handle up to four tuners and store up to 150 hours of HD programming. It also comes with SkipMode that allows users to skip entire commercial breaks on recorded programs with a single button press.