BOLT OTA Needs Subscription?

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  1. Chris Cardone

    Chris Cardone New Member

    Aug 10, 2017
    Does BOLT OTA need a subscription to work?
    (Sorry if dumb question). Thanks
  2. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
  3. tampa8

    tampa8 Official Tivo User

    Jan 25, 2016
    Ct & FL
    Every TIVO needs a subscription to use most of the features. If you just want to watch OTA TV with no guide, no DVR etc you can do that for free.
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  4. heyted

    heyted Member

    Mar 4, 2012
    South Florida
  5. ah30k

    ah30k Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Yes, but its included in the price for the OTA models I think.
  6. ashipkowski

    ashipkowski Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    It's included for the OTA-only Roamio, but there is no OTA-only Bolt so service is still required for all Bolts.
  7. TeamPace

    TeamPace Active Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Correct. The Current Roamio OTA 4 tuner model (retail price of $399.99) INCLUDES "All In" service which is for the life of the TiVo unit (not your lifetime). You will find some Roamio units on Amazon, Ebay etc. that DO NOT include service and you'd need to activate and pay either $14.99/month, an annual fee of $149 or $159?, or pay a $549 for the "All In" option. Without service a TiVo is of little value other than as a tuner. IF you're planning to use it for OTA (antenna) only service it must be a 4 tuner model. The 6 tuner units ONLY work for digital cable. Best bet is to make sure you're getting a Roamio unit that includes "All IN" service. If it's a used or a resale unit either verify the TSN with TiVo as having "All IN" service or have the seller send you a photo of the TiVo screen indicated it has "All In" service. Also be careful on underpriced units being resold by individuals over the internet that may have used a stolen credit card to purchase the unit. TiVo will eventually shut off service to those units after a couple of months or so when they are denied or have the payment reversed by the CC company.

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