Advertisements My Bolt's OTA tuner seems to have gone kaput. Is that a thing that happens? I live in an area of generally good OTA reception. I've got an old omnidirectional+rabbit ears antenna in the attic feeding three TiVos in the house. The TiVos are of varying vintage: one HD, one Premiere OTA, and this Bolt. I'm aware that the tuners in the TiVo hardware have gotten worse over time, and I see this on these three boxes. The HD box barely cares if there is an antenna connected to it at all; it hauls everything in with signal strengths of 80+ on every channel. The Premiere isn't quite that good, but it gets all the channels with no artifacts or issues for the most part. The Bolt has always been the worst performer, with occasional bouts of macroblocking and sound dropouts, where by "occasional" I mean maybe once a month it gets a little noticeable. On these occasions, I just pop up into the attic and nudge the antenna a few degrees and it improves again. Anyway, over the past week the issue has gotten so bad on the Bolt that linear TV really hasn't been watchable. No amount of antenna fidgeting has helped the issue. This antenna is really old, so I figured I would try a new one and see if that helped. I connected it today and the Bolt behaved a bit better, but still demonstrated some issues. So, in the course of troubleshooting, I swapped out cables, connected the new antenna directly to the Bolt instead of via the drop in the attic, etc., and abruptly landed in a state where the Bolt wouldn't tune anything in at all. Re-scan channel, repeat guided setup, etc. -- nothing. My last test was to bring it into the room where one of the other TiVos is working happily, and connect it to that drop to rule out anything I hadn't already tested, and still -- nothing. I now conclude that the recent worsening issues were the result of the Bolt's tuner starting to fail, and connecting the antenna a couple of times tonight pushed it over the edge into complete death. Of all the things I thought might ever go wrong with a TiVo, this is the last I would have expected. Is this really a thing that happens? I've got Lifetime on this box and this is a really stupid way to lose it.