$300 (500 GB), $400 (1 TB)
AT A GLANCE
One-touch leapfrogging of any size commercial block
Can play shows 30 percent faster
Mobile device transfer
Integrated search functions
4K UHD compatible
On-demand cable may not be available
No component video
No clock on front panel
TiVo Bolt is an indispensable tool for TV-obsessed viewers who hate commercials and value the ease of managing all their cable, online, and local-network-stored entertainment from one smartly designed receiver/recorder.
With 412 scripted TV series originating on broadcast, cable, and online channels last year, viewers face the twin challenges of finding shows that appeal to them and having enough waking hours to watch them. TiVo’s new flagship digital video recorder, Bolt, purports to help solve both problems. An admitted TV addict, I bolted for a Bolt to see if it could rekindle the excitement I felt when TiVo debuted in 1999.