TiVo BOLT VOX 3TB

Last updated date: April 3, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the TiVo TiVo BOLT VOX 3TB placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
3,473 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Records up to 450 hours of HD content and up to six shows simultaneously.Easy installation and set up takes about an hour.
- BestReviews
The Tivo Bolt Vox’s biggest new feature is its software, previously codenamed “Hydra” and now just known as the New User Interface. It’s pre-loaded on the Bolt Vox, but existing TiVo owners have the option to upgrade as well.
- TechHive
November 24, 2017 | Full review
It has an efficient search function, which pulls from all capture sources at once.
- Top Ten Reviews
I loved the efficiency of being able to change channels by simply saying, for example, “HBO.” If I had remembered the number, I could have readily said “899” (HBO on my system) to achieve the same rapid result. If I said “Hulu,” the app would load. TiVo almost always responded accurately, and the result was direct tuning without necessarily having to scroll through a massive lineup.
- Sound And Vision
March 1, 2018 | Full review
The interface does have a more modern feel, though, with large poster art, station and sports team logos and better organization. And for those of you who are never really satisfied with what you're watching, a new QuickView feature gives you access to other content without leaving what's currently on screen.
- CNET
October 24, 2017 | Full review
OneSearch and OnePass combs both broadcast schedules and streaming services.
- PC Magazine
TiVo has had universal search across platforms including broadcast television, cable TV and streaming for quite a while
- Engadget
October 24, 2017 | Full review
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).
- Digital Trends
October 24, 2017 | Full review
Comes with smart features that are actually useful and not gimmicky, like QuickMode™
- Cable TV
What experts didn't like
TiVo subscription subscribe. No OTA component.
- BestReviews
One thing you’ll notice with the TiVo Bolt Vox—at least if it’s sitting out in the open—is that it’s constantly whirring. Noise emanates from the unit whether it’s recording or not, whether the TV is on or off, and strangely even when the TiVo itself is on standby.
- TechHive
November 24, 2017 | Full review
It can’t access satellite content.
- Top Ten Reviews
Voice search performed surprisingly well, though there were a few times when I had to repeat myself because TiVo didn’t understand what I was asking. Note: You never start by saying a wake word like Alexa.
- Sound And Vision
March 1, 2018 | Full review
The lack of OTA recording is one of the main differences between the Bolt+ and the previous model. This means that a digital cable subscription is required, and you won't be able to record free TV content from an antenna.
- PC Magazine
Requires up-front cost in addition to monthly subscription fee
- Cable TV

From The Manufacturer

TiVo’s innovative Unified Entertainment System now includes the ultimate voice remote that dramatically improves the search experience across all your live TV, DVR and streaming TV series and movies. The 4K Ultra HD compatible TiVo BOLT VOX still boasts TiVo’s unique fan-favorite features including SkipMode™, OnePass™, OneSearch™ and more. And with three different models, there’s a BOLT VOX specifically crafted to meet your entertainment demands and budget.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TiVo Bolt OTA
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 11
2. TiVo MINI VOX Streaming Media Player
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Amazon Fire TV Recast
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Tablo Dual LITE OTA DVR
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
6. TiVo BOLT VOX 3TB
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. TiVo BOLT VOX 500 GB
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 7
8. AVerMedia EZRecorder
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3

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