If you believe it's lack of cooling (stock cooling of Bolts DOES suck, runs too hot), then take steps to have it run cooler like I suggested at TiVo offering Bolt Vox to replace Roamio Plus and many other places.I bought a Bolt 1tb all-in on 12-2017. In September 2018 I returned from a summer in the north and tried to reactivate my Tivo and it wouldn't recognize the cable card. I assumed it was Spectrum's problem until they brought out a Tivo Vox and proved it was my unit. Tivo replaced it for a fee since it was out of warranty.
The refurb unit (Manufactured 5/18) went completely dead except for fan noise this week. To my surprise Tivo agreed to ship another refurb out without the 150 transfer fee. I am of course happy about this.
What is with these Bolt units? Not enough cooling? I don't want to have to keep paying for defective units. I wouldn't be upset if a 10 year old unit went bad (i replace my own hd when they happen), but a 1 and 2 year old units should not be going bad so quickly.
Any incite or suggestions for refurbished unit coming in that I can try and keep it running longer?
My never been opened 3 TB Bolt+ w/original stock drive from April 2017 still runs fine. It runs 24/7 and I have all the power saving/management features disabled.
I used to keep it cool w/laptop cooling pads with fan(s) in them. Now I use those two AC Infinity fans. If you want to start w/o spending too much $, I think you should start with MULTIFAN S4, Quiet USB Cooling Fan, 140mm and stick some rubber feet under it to raise it a bit more if it's on top of a surface w/no holes in it. You can run it faster w/higher voltage with their 6.5 volt AC INFINITY, Turbo Fan Power Adapter.
If you wish, you could then later add [IN STOCK ON AUGUST 25, 2020. NO PRE-ORDER] MULTIFAN S2, Quiet USB Cooling Blower, 120mm.
Streaming providers will almost certainly not allow recording of streams due to licensing and DRM reasons. I wouldn't hold your breath for that.There has been lack of progress on any ideas like being able to use IPTV or record streaming to the box. There have been no new apps in years, hello Spotify, Showtime, AppleTV+ or Disney+ or a Roku app that was promised and never delivered. I think this is probably going to be my last chance with Tivo.
As for new apps, I also wouldn't hold your breath for that, unfortunately. I'd look to other popular boxes/sticks w/growing users bases for that, unlike TiVo.