Bolt Vox and OTA on same network?

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  1. Praziquantal

    Praziquantal New Member

    Nov 4, 2020


    Quick newby question. I’ve had a Bolt VOX with Comcast cable card for over a year and it’s been great. I have several Minis set up over MOCA and Ethernet.

    I bought my father-in-law a Bolt OTA as a gift but he flatly refused it. I’m thinking of adding it to my network. My question is, would I be able to watch the Comcast programming and antenna programs on the OTA or will it only show the OTA channels when connected?

  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    It cannot share the channels, but recordings can be shared between them. Because of the TE4 software, you would have to use to transfer non-copy-protected content between them. All content can be streamed between them, even the copy-protected ones. They just need to be on the same network, be listed on your, have Tivo Service subscription, account with Preferences to sharing enabled. Which would get the Media Access Key the same on all boxes, account.
  3. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    Your Bolt OTA will only show you the OTA channels to watch LIVE or to make new recordings. But it will easily let you watch any other already recorded programs from your cable-connected TiVo on your home network. The only thing you will not be able to do is watch a cable channel LIVE from the new Bolt OTA using the cable tuners on the other Bolt.
  4. Praziquantal

    Praziquantal New Member

    Nov 4, 2020
    Thanks for the info!
  5. justinw

    justinw Member

    Jan 30, 2007


    But... and correct me if I'm wrong... if you wanted to watch something live on cable on your Bolt OTA, all you would have to do is start recording on the Bolt VOX.
  6. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Same goes for both directions ... but with the caveat that a "live" recording *can* be viewed remotely if it is also being currently recorded on the other box; you'd just have to select it for playback from My Shows.

    The best solution for such a setup would probably be to have both DVRs at the same location, allowing easy access to all programming and configuration by switching between TV inputs ... and then using Minis everywhere else, switching the Mini host DVR configuration when a different DVR is desired for live TV (or to setup or manage recordings and other settings).
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2020
  7. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    The Bolt OTA does not have a built in Moca bridge like the Bolt Vox does. You would need to purchase a Moca extender or connect it via Ethernet. You could try WiFi, but it may not adequate to stream shows.

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