Considering a Bolt+

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by oldradio99, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. oldradio99

    oldradio99 Member

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    Am considering buying a Tivo bolt +. I currently own an XL4 Premier and currently have Comcast but would like to cut to OTA.

    1. Any specials on transferring lifetime from a XL 4 Premier that may be currently running or has run in the past that may get run again?
    2. Will my desktop 2.8 work with the Bolt + to transfer shows to a server?
    3. Can the Bolt + be connected to OTA and cable at the same time? I would like to test OTA before cutting the cable.
    4. Is there a way to add services like CBS Streaming service or non OTA channels like AMC or TCM?
    5. How well does the combined search work given TIVO's issues with the guides?
    6. Are there any features on my XL4 that get lost with upgrading?
    7. Can i sell my XL4 with the Lifetime?
    8. Are there any other questions I should be asking?

    Thanks

    Art
     
  2. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    The Bolt+ doesn't work with OTA at all it a 6 tuner cable only DVR.

    The Bolt does work with Cable or OTA but only one at a time it is a 4 tuner unit.

    Desktop still work with the Bolt. You can sell your Premiere 4 with lifetime, the lifetime stays with the unit.

    If you are certain you want an OTA DVR the Roamio OTA at $350+/- includes lifetime and is a very good OTA DVR but it only works with OTA.

    I never use search.

    The apps are the same for the Premieres, Roamios, & Bolts. The services you mentioned are not currently supported.
     
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Although one can buy an inexpensive cable card adapter, do some fairly simple mods to it (basically, shaving off some plastic pieces), and put it on the Roamio OTA and end up with a cable or OTA Roamio. ;)
     
  4. oldradio99

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    So basically if I am sticking with a cable service, I should get a Bolt +

    If I can and want to dump cable, then I should get a Romio.

    Correct?
     
  5. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

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    If you want to be prepared in case you dump cable, a 4-tuner Bolt does either OTA or cable, just not at the same time.
     
  6. oldradio99

    oldradio99 Member

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    Just received an email. 20% off on Bolt + today and tomorrow. Code MAROFF20
     
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  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Wow, a nice deal. Does that cover only the box, or will it cover a box plus lifetime?
     
  8. Blakeintosh

    Blakeintosh Active Member

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    Box only. Lifetime service is still $549.99. The promo code takes $100 off the Bolt+. The only service deal that I've gotten lately is the monthly service for $12.99 or annual for $129.99.
     
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  9. CTLesq

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    If I can ask - who sent the email?


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  10. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I just was at tivo.com checking this out and can confirm similarly: discount applies only to the box, not to a lifetime subscription purchased with the box. :(

    Also confirmed that the discount applies to all Bolt (Bolt, Bolt+) models.
     
  11. Blakeintosh

    Blakeintosh Active Member

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    I'm in a similar situation. I took advantage of the brief Bolt+ sale that Amazon had last weekend, selling it for $370. Now I need to decide on if I want to pony up $549.99 for lifetime, or go with Annual service. If I can get the discounted $129.99 annual service on it, it would take 4 years, 3 months to hit break even on Lifetime service. Plus isn't the extended warranty included with monthly and annual service, but not Lifetime?
     
  12. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Correct, TiVo's "continual care" coverage comes with the monthly and annual subscriptions, but not lifetime.
     
  13. Blakeintosh

    Blakeintosh Active Member

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    So what are other people that have recently gotten a Bolt or Bolt+ doing? Are you going with Monthly, Annual or Lifetime service? Up until the introduction of the Bolt and the updated service plans, I always went with Lifetime. Now I'm debating if I'll ever see that kind of investment out of my Bolt+, with the demise of the CableCard looming and no clear path for TiVo to IPTV in sight.
     
  14. remichel

    remichel New Member

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    I just received the following email from TIVO
    Transfer your Lifetime service for only $99!



    The Once in a lifetime deal you've been waiting for.

    For a limited time, transfer lifetime service from your TiVo Series 2 or Series 3 DVR for only $99 with a purchase of any new TiVo BOLT™1. Seriously, we've never offered a deal like this before! TiVo BOLT is the best TiVo ever! You get:

    • Streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime with all your live TV and recorded content.

    • SkipMode which lets you skip over entire commercial breaks at the touch of a button.

    • Jaw dropping 4K quality.

    The TiVo all-in service plan is regularly $550. You save $450 when you buy a new TiVo BOLT and Transfer your lifetime service for just $99! Stay on the couch, but act now!
    Offer ends April 10th.
     
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  15. oldradio99

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    Guess I am calling Tivo tomorrow.

    Since my Tivo's last 5+ years, Lifetime makes the most sense.
     
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    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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  17. dougdingle

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    Actually, it's $800, not $750. Still a decent deal.
     
  18. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Wow, not bad. Wish I hadn't looked. Will try to abstain.

    I have one Bolt (the original white one w/much smaller HD) and I really like it a lot. If it weren't for Rovi now I would love it even more.
     
  19. DFranch

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    Yeah, I just saw this, and I'm thinking of upgrading my Roamio Plus to the Bolt Plus. $800 is $75 less than I paid for my Roamio with lifetime 3 years ago. I've been told that the menu's and apps are much faster on the bolt vs. the Roamio. Any truth to that? If not, I'll just stick with my Roamio.
     
  20. iReyes

    iReyes New Member

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    Just got the email today as well. Annual service on my 3 year old Roamio is coming up. I think it's time for an upgrade!
     

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