TiVo Launches Bolt Vox And Mini Vox DVRs With Voice Control And 4K Playback

There has been an explosion of set-top boxes, streaming sticks, and media casting dongles over the past few years. To keep up with the times (and an ever growing field of competitors), TiVo has gone and refreshed its product lineup with a couple new DVR products, the Bolt Vox and Mini Vox, and a new TiVo Vox Remote with baked-in voice search functionality for looking up live TV, DVR, video-on-demand, and online streaming programs.

The TiVo Bolt Vox comes with the new remote control. It is the flagship DVR in TiVo's lineup and combines the company's most powerful DVR with the popular online streaming services. Both it and the TiVo Vox Mini are largely unchanged from their non-Vox predecessors, except for a color change (black instead of white) and native voice support, a feature that TiVo is pushing hard as part of a unified experience.

TiVo Bolt Vox

"With our new on-screen experience and Vox Remote, scrolling through endless TV guides and painstakingly entering search terms is finally a thing of the past," said Malone. "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."

There are three storage options for the Bolt Vox, starting with the 500GB model ($200) that can record and store up to 75 hours of HD footage. Next up from that is a 1TB model ($300), which doubles the recording capacity to up to 150 hours of HD footage. Both it and the 500GB model feature four tuners for recording up to four shows simultaneously.

The beefiest model checks in at 3TB ($500), which is enough storage to record up to 450 hours of HD content. This one also ups the ante with two additional TV tuners so users can record up to six shows at the same time.

Likewise, TiVo's Mini Vox ($180) is an upgraded version of the non-Vox Mini. It is smaller than the Bolt Vox and extends the functionality of the primary set-top DVR to other TVs in the household. And like the Bolt Vox, it supports 4K resolution playback, a new feature for the upgraded Vox Mini (the regular Mini limited support to 1080p). It also comes with the new voice remote. Unfortunately, it still requires Ethernet or MoCA (multimedia over coax) connectivity, rather than using Wi-Fi.

Existing TiVo Bolt, TiVo Roamio, and first generation TiVo mini customers can purchase the new remote by itself for $40. Unlike the upgraded boxes, it is available in both white and black color options.

All of the new products will be available on October 29 from TiVo and Amazon, the latter of which is accepting pre-orders for the Bolt Vox.