Last updated date: April 3, 2019

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In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the TiVo TiVo BOLT VOX 500 GB placed 7th 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 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
198 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very responsive, springy until that's easy set up and use. Has over-the-air cable options.
- BestReviews
The new software is simpler and slicker. Voice search is a powerful way to browse. DVR has loads of recording options.
- TechHive
The device adds two new functions that raise its content and control IQ: its own Vox voice search/control and Amazon Alexa integration.
- Gear Brain
The Bolt has a spot for Optical Audio, Coax, (2) USBs, L/R Audio, Ethernet, and of course HDMI in the back of the device. There is also a remote finder button back if you happen to misplace that somewhere in your household.
- GStyle Magazine
TiVo's unified search is one of its DVR's key advantages, allowing you to find what you want to watch whether it's on live TV, recorded on the DVR or available on video-on-demand and online streaming services.
It has an efficient search function, which pulls from all capture sources at once.
- Top Ten Reviews
Offers tons of storage. Works across all cable providers. Comes with smart features that are actually useful and not gimmicky, like QuickMode.
- Cable TV
What experts didn't like
Half the recording capacity of the Bolt OTA. Subscription to Tivo is required.
- BestReviews
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
Only 21 streaming content apps. No smart home functionality, and spotty Amazon Alexa control. CableCard required for cable TV access, and pricey.
- Gear Brain
I did have an issue with not getting some of the premium channels such as HBO coming up from it seems like it stems more from the tuning adapter connected. I [also] still find myself getting used to the button layout and so forth. Also I wish there was a way to filter out SD channels as I can’t stand seeing them.
- GStyle Magazine
Although you can launch any single app, you can't say "Go to apps" to see all your available services.
It can’t access satellite content.
- Top Ten Reviews
Costs more for higher-tier storage. Requires up-front cost in addition to monthly subscription fee. Records only four or six programs at once (depending on model).
- 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
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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