TiVo responds to competitors with its own OTA broadcast TV DVR

TiVo Bolt OTA. (TiVo)

Amid a recent rash of DVRs built for recording free over-the-air broadcast TV, DVR pioneer TiVo is jumping in with one of its own.

The new TiVo Bolt OTA 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 can 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.


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“We’ve seen growing demand for our over-the-air products, and BOLT OTA is a major upgrade that will continue to keep TiVo at the forefront of the market,” said Ted Malone, vice president of consumer products and services at TiVo, in a statement.

The TiVo Bolt OTA costs $250 and charges a service fee (either $7 per month or $70 per year).

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The $250 price point puts TiVo Bolt OTA ahead of Amazon’s recently announced Fire TV Recast, which charges $280 for a model with four tuners and 1 TB of storage. However, Amazon’s device does not charge monthly fees.

Both the Bolt OTA and Recast arrive after Dish Network’s AirTV device. This week, AirTV releases a dual-tuner adapter for its OTA DVR device that allows for two channels to be recorded at once. The dual-tuner adapter is available for $29 or bundled the with the AirTV Player for $119.

Both Tablo and Plex also offer similar devices for recording OTA broadcast TV.

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