Product Comparison: TiVo BOLT vs TiVo Roamio Pro

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General Specifications
Roamio Pro
About the Product
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.
Now HD Cable service can take advantage of the advanced features of the world's best DVR, at an unprecedented TiVo price. Just insert a CableCARD into TiVo Roamio Pro and within minutes you'll record and control all your favorite shows, look ahead with a two–week program guide, and supplement your channel lineup with streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more. It all comes together in the single best entertainment solution for television enthusiasts.
Key Specs
Maximum Video Resolution
2160 p
1080 p
Hard Drive Included
Storage Capacity
500 GB
3000 GB
Number Of Tuners
What customers say about "Key Specs"
TiVo BOLT 500 GB Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • The Bolt recognizes my T.V. is UHD and drives it in full 3840x2160 60P resolution regardless of program content (upscales the HD to UHD).
  • Dumped my cable company's DVR and down scaled to local stations only. What a dramatic improvement ! The Bolt recognizes my T.V. is UHD and drives it in full 3840x2160 60P resolution regardless of program content (upscales the HD to UHD).
  • Love the speed, the commercial skip, the ability to add a hard drive to enlarge storage.
  • The video resolution sometimes changes depending upon the apps I'm using. For example, my Amazon Video looks a lot rougher than other devices. Upscale to the set resolution, please!
  • I've had the Tivo Bolt for almost a month, records, plays back good, shows national channels, ABC, NBC CBS etc. good Hi Definition but not as good 4K as my 4K flat panel TV, was disappointed with Tivo not having as good 4K Hi-Def picture.
TiVo Roamio Pro Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • The larger hard drive is very very much worth it. We will not run out of space.
  • I have been a tivo customer since 2000. This is my 4th DVR. My old one still works but the external hard drive hooked up to the old one stopped working which is why I bought the new one.
  • The Roamio Pro is awesome - snappy interface, huge hard drive, 6 tuners, great interaction with ipad/iphone, and smart interface. I've been using Tivo since the beginning, and this is the first box that I can't live without.
  • Each new version of Tivo keeps improving on the last and the Roamio is no exception. Huge hard drive to store your favorites, the interface is easy for the beginner or the Tivo junkie like me.
  • With the Roamio Pros six tuners and 3TB hard drive, there is no need to pick what and choose what recordings are staying and what needs to be deleted to free up space. Love the 1080P too.
Size & Weight
1.8 in.
2.4 in.
11.4 in.
16.5 in.
7.3 in.
9.7 in.
1.9 lbs.
6.9 lbs.
Recording And Playback
Content Subscription Required
Service Fee
TiVo service subscription is required. Options include a monthly service plan at $14.99/mo. with a one-year commitment or an annual service plan at $149.99/year. All-in service options also available.
Requires subscription to the TiVo service – as low as $12.50/month with annual plan
Recording Resolution
Commercial Skip Function
What customers say about "Recording And Playback"
TiVo BOLT 500 GB Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • Great DVR overall, better than the Genie. Perfect forward and advance feature if set at 1080i while watching cable.
  • I absolutely LOVE my TIVO. Return your Comcast DVR. X1 is just a bad imitation of this! The commercial skip is my favorite function. It just works.
  • I do like alot of the features like commercial skip, watching my amazon movies and being able to record more than 2 shows with lots of storage space.
  • There are many things that are great about the TIVO Bolt, record 4 shows at once, scheduled recordings, guide viewing and Skip is one of the best features ever.
  • The skip feature is great, but not consistent - sometimes it is available and sometimes not, even on the same show.
TiVo Roamio Pro Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • Works fantastically in the home. Also works well outside, but be aware that any premium channel (HBO, Showtime, etc.) sets a flag on their channels that prevents streaming from the Roamio to your smartphone or tablet.
  • Content providers (Showtime and HBO) do not allow for out-of-home watching or downloading of content. I wanted to watch House of Lies on my iPad and no dice. This is a big issue for me and wish I knew before....not that it would have changed anything, it's still many times better than any other DVR.
  • The OnePass recording feature is great! You can set it to record just the latest, just one season, or everything that it can find for a show! The search feature is fast, and always seems to find exactly what I am looking for, whether it is on broadcast TV, cable, premium services, or online content.
  • The integration with netflix and amazon prime are both, and convenient to get them all in one place. Remote works well and has a good feel (unlike the new comcast X1 remote which is awful to hold).
  • My primary reason for going with TiVo was the ability to watch content anywhere. Well, you can't do that with most premium content. If I were to start over, I'd probably go wit the regular Cox solution.
4K Compatible
The Tru Multi Room™ Experience, OneSearch - search broadcast TV and streaming content all at the same time, SkipMode - skip commercial breaks with a single button, QuickMode - watch shows 30% faster with pitch perfect audio, Watch shows on all your screens via iOS & Android apps and TiVo Online, Cast shows from your mobile device to TV, Works with TiVo Mini and TiVo Mini VOX, Expandable storage (eSATA)
Built-in streaming to mobile devices, Works with TiVo Mini, Connects to other TiVo DVRs, iOS & Android app for browsing/scheduling
Remote Control
Voice remote control
IR remote control
Cable(s) Included
What customers say about "Features"
TiVo BOLT 500 GB Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • Happy with the Bolt features. What it REALLY needs is what Comcast beat Tivo to the punch with, Voice remote. The xfinity remote channel and search with voice would be a great feature to have.
  • The integration between TV, Netflix, Amazon, etc... is great and works pretty well. It's definitely nice being able to go through different sources seamlessly with one box and one interface.
  • The search engine is clear, user friendly and also excellent.
  • The interface is on par with the very excellent DirecTv Genie...very user friendly.
  • The Warranty is for one year, BUT only the first 30 days have free parts and labor. The remaining year you pay labor and parts. (NOT GOOD)
  • The BOLT does NOT have a screen saver.....if you freeze it to take a call and then get involved, the picture with be glued on your TV until the TV or the BOLT shuts off due to non use. Could be hours. SERIOUSLY!!!!? Yes!
TiVo Roamio Pro Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • The remote is smaller than most cable company remotes but well laid out. It uses radio frequency in addition to infrared, so you don't need to have line of sight to the DVR for commands to go through.
  • I like the new remote control as well...nice and compact, but still the time-tested design so I can easily remember where all of the important buttons are by touch.
  • The remote is great, I just wish all the remotes have the same layout. I may buy two Roamio remotes for all the sets.
  • It is so cool to be able to watch on the ipad recorded shows , both in the house or remotely at a place that has wifi.
  • The RF remote is a very welcome addition as I have my Roamio in a closet and did not want to run IR extenders.
Optical Digital Audio Outputs
Wi-Fi Built-in
Compatible Wireless Standard(s)
AC dual band, N, G, B, A
A, B, G, N
Number of HDMI Outputs
Ethernet Port
Number Of USB Port(s)
What customers say about "Connectivity"
TiVo BOLT 500 GB Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • It connects easily to the TV, requiring 1 HDMI cord. Connecting the series 2 13 years ago was way more complicated.
  • The iOS app allows me to delete content from the Bolt, love it.
  • We have loved TiVo for a long time. This one gives us great connecting to streaming accounts and we love Skip!!!
  • It was easy to connect it to ours tv and network.
  • Got our unit 2 months ago. Our cable provider is Comcast. Connected via Ethernet. Loses connection and won't reboot. So I have to unplug the unit and plug it back in. I have to do this at least once a week and sometimes twice a week.
TiVo Roamio Pro Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
  • Also, make sure you have a Wired or MoCA connection. The built-in WiFi adapter is nice, but won't perform well with the Mini's and Out of Home access.
  • It works much better with connecting to the previous model than the old Series 2 to Series 2 units.
  • I can stream live video on my iPad, anywhere there's a WiFi connection with my TiVo app!
  • Also, love that I can download my shows to my iPad and then take it with me without being connected to the Internet. Also, I can stream to my iPad and use the app to schedule recordings.
  • I just connected the Tivo Roamio Pro to one Coax cable (this was the cable going to my fios dvr set top box) and then connected the coax cable that was connected to my other fios set top box to the tivo mini for the 2nd tv.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
FCC, cUL Listed
Other Information
449.99 $

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