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Tivo upgrades Bolt box with voice-controlled remote

Tivo upgrades Bolt box with voice-controlled remote”

The Tivo Bolt Vox box combines the features of Tivo's most powerful DVR with popular online streaming services.

TiVo has clearly done its homework on the Vox voice commands: The company incorporates the best features of Roku (with its universal search) and of Apple TV's Siri (with the ability to refine searches by voice).

The previously rumoured voice control remote control will now be available with new black finish hardware. TiVo says that when watching programs from broadcast and cable networks, viewers can say "skip it" to jump over entire commercial breaks. TiVo's new SmartBar is a personalized prediction feature influenced by prior viewing behavior. Poster art, actor and director biographies, sports team logos and more help viewers quickly find the shows they want and skip the ones they don't. "BOLT VOX is the only platform that combines the complete pay TV experience with major OTT services into a single user experience, on one input, controlled by one remote, with unified voice search across multiple sources". Next up from that is a 1TB model ($300), which doubles the recording capacity to up to 150 hours of HD footage.

This week the folks at TiVo revealed a pair of new devices, both the TiVo BOLT VOX and the Mini VOX. There's also a 3TB version able to hold 450 hours of HD content and includes 6 individual tuners - just in case you need to record SIX DIFFERENT THINGS AT THE SAME TIME OH MY GOD WHY.

Existing TiVo Bolt, TiVo Roamio and first-gen TiVo Mini customers can upgrade to voice control by purchasing a standalone voice-capable remote and applying a firmware update.

The latest TiVo Bolt Vox is supposed to be available by end of the month with the staring price $199, while the Mini Vox will start from $179 and Vox Remote of Vox devices will be costing $39. The VOX Remote for Roamio products (OTA, Pro and Plus) and first-generation TiVo Mini will be available in black only and will cost approximately $45, including Bluetooth adapter.

TiVo BOLT VOX and TiVo Mini VOX have the latest update to the TiVo on-screen UI.



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