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Thought I'd start a separate thread specifically for the newly announced Bolt. Should be shipping now.

Specification sheet download

Specs:

Video
HDMI out v2.0 (4k 24/60, 1080p, 24/60)
3D Passthrough (SxS/TxB)

Audio
Digital Optical or HDMI
Analog Stereo 3.5mm

Networking
Wireless Yes (802.11 AC Dual Band)
Ethernet 10/100/1000
MoCA bridge 2.0 Built in

Recording
Simultaneous recordings 4 shows
HD hours (500 GB/ 1TB) 75/150
Built-in HDD 500 GB/ 1000 GB
Expandable eSATA up to 1 TB

Mobile Streaming and Downloading
In home Built in
Out of home Built in (coming soon)

Extras
Remote Finder Yes
RF remote Yes
Tru Multi Room™ up to 10 boxes supported (with 3 live HD streams)

I'm loving the design! Looks very future forward and I'm really loving the fact that it's already future capable with 4K recording capabilities! I've yet to hear, but I'm sure it supports HEVC (H.265).

I haven't used Tivo since 2005 but it looks like I'll be back on board with this baby.

**10/13/15** Broadcom chip press release

Tivo Bolt uses the Broadcom's BCM7445, capable of 4K 60p with 10 bit Rec 2020 color capabilities.

Highlights:
  • HEVC video coding standard and reduced video bandwidth
  • Brahma15 21,000-DMIP CPU
  • Four 1080p30 real-time transcoders
  • HEVC compression for resolution up to 4096x2160p60
 

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Just as you love the design, I hate it. It looks like it was designed for Apple yuppies who want to have something "pretty" they can display that matches their polished chrome and glass modern interiors.

I'm old school. AV components should be rectangular and black with an electroluminescent display and not a conversation piece. :)
 

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No display for me, but that's easy to fix. I'm glad a thread was started however. TiVo's stock is up today. But so is most of tech. I expect some changes to happen with the next update. It should be interesting.
 

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The Skipmode is really cool! But I would never put a white shaped device like that in one of my entertainment centers.
 

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The Skipmode is really cool!
However based on your viewing habits it can be of little value. If you watch commercial delayed it's not available which is a good chunk of what I view. I will say I had commercial skip with WMC (for a time) and when it worked it was very nice.
 
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Gigabit ethernet, sweet!

Won't take all NIGHT to transfer a day's recordings. Of course, still will take forever to process them with Videoredo and Comskip. Looking forward to the fast-play, finally. In fact, some transferring to PC is just so I can play them in VLC for that. I assume you can just pop in a bigger drive as easily as the Roamio.
 

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Won't take all NIGHT to transfer a day's recordings. Of course, still will take forever to process them with Videoredo and Comskip. Looking forward to the fast-play, finally. In fact, some transferring to PC is just so I can play them in VLC for that. I assume you can just pop in a bigger drive as easily as the Roamio.
Don't assume. First off they changed the HDD form factor to 2.5". The largest 2.5" AV rated drive is the 1TB WD10JUCT which sells for $80 at Amazon. At that price it's worth it to just pay the extra $20 TiVo wants to sell you a Bolt with 1TB HDD. That way you know it will work. Now you are up to $400 -- add All In for a cool Grand.

But that's it. The only other option is to buy the external 1TB WD DVR Extender to get a total of 2TB. Great style-matching pair -- not.
 

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I'm loving the design! Looks very future forward and I'm really loving the fact that it's already future capable with 4K recording capabilities! I've yet to hear, but I'm sure it supports HEVC (H.265).

I haven't used Tivo since 2005 but it looks like I'll be back on board with this baby.
Yes the Bolt supports decoding HEVC and VP9. I know YouTube is using VP9 for their 4K content. And the way things are going, more providers might be using VP9 instead of HEVC to save money.

Since the HEVC group wants 0.5% royalty payments with HEVC usage.(which supposedly would translate to over 100 million a year in royalty payments from many services like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook) But only time will tell what happens.
 

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Won't take all NIGHT to transfer a day's recordings. Of course, still will take forever to process them with Videoredo and Comskip. Looking forward to the fast-play, finally. In fact, some transferring to PC is just so I can play them in VLC for that. I assume you can just pop in a bigger drive as easily as the Roamio.
The Roamio PRo/Plus have GigE too. But the fastest throughput to my PC I get is around 220Mb/s. And that is in standby with no tuners buffering. So hopefully with the more powerful processor of the Bolt(11,000 DMIPS vs. 3,000 DMIPS with the Roamio), we will see a gigantic improvement in transfer rates with the Bolt.
 

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Yes the Bolt supports decoding HEVC and VP9. I know YouTube is using VP9 for their 4K content. And the way things are going, more providers might be using VP9 instead of HEVC to save money.

Since the HEVC group wants 0.5% royalty payments with HEVC usage.(which supposedly would translate to over 100 million a year in royalty payments from many services like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook) But only time will tell what happens.
Thanks for the info but do you have a source you can post?
 

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Some question about Bolt, Roamio and 4K

I already have a Roamio with a 2 TB drive. Will the new Bolt work together with it and be able to read programs from its drive? I am assuming yes.

Also, can the Plex app stream 4K from my PC?
 

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I already have a Roamio with a 2 TB drive. Will the new Bolt work together with it and be able to read programs from its drive? I am assuming yes.

Also, can the Plex app stream 4K from my PC?
TiVos with the same MAK, on the same network and on your account should transfer normal programs without problem. Only copy protected items will be blocked.
 

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Thanks for the info but do you have a source you can post?
I read several articles online about it. I thought it blew up on the INternet over the Summer?
 

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I got a 4TB drive installed in my Bolt over the weekend. I used the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive. Model STDR4000100. Since the external drive is the only way right now to get a 2.5" 4TB drive. So hopefully I don't have any issues with the drive since I wouldn't think it's under warranty any more.

I'm trying to fill it up. So far I'm only close to 60% full. I typically fill up the drive of a TiVo when I install a replacement drive to see how it does. I've been transferring large recordings, like twenty hours, from my PC to teh Bolt. And four and five hour recordings form my Roamios.

The Bolt is certainly much faster with transfers. I've been regularly getting over 300Mb/s transfer rates(as reported by the Bolt in the transfer history) to/from the PC running KMTTG/TiVo Desktop.
 
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I got a 4TB drive installed in my Bolt over the weekend. I used the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive. Model STDR4000100. Since the external drive is the only way right now to get a 2.5" 4TB drive. So hopefully I don't have any issues with the drive since I wouldn't think it's under warranty any more.

I'm trying to fill it up. So far I'm only close to 60% full. I typically fill up the drive of a TiVo when I install a replacement drive to see how it does. I've been transferring large recordings, like twenty hours, from my PC to teh Bolt. And four and five hour recordings form my Roamios.

The Bolt is certainly much faster with transfers. I've been regularly getting over 300Mb/s transfer rates(as reported by the Bolt in the transfer history) to/from the PC running KMTTG/TiVo Desktop.
That's awesome. Please keep us posted.
 

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That article has nothing to do with Tivo
Are you talking about VP9 and HEVC decoding in the TiVo? It uses a Broadcom chip. I don't remember which one but it was listed over at TiVo community and it's the one that can only trasncode two streams. And we also know the Bolt can play Netflix 4K content and Youtube 4K content. To play Netflix 4K content you need an HEVC decoder. To play Youtube 4K content you need a VP9 decoder.
 
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