TiVo Bolt+ Set-Top DVR named CES 2017 Innovations Awards Honoree4 Jan, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Company inks IP license agreement with HBO
Eighteen years after unveiling its first digital video recorder at CES, TiVo’s Bolt+ set-top DVR has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the home audio/video components and accessories category.
Notable to the Bolt+ are its 3TB storage capacity, capable of recording up to 450 hours of HD content via six tuners, which can record six different shows simultaneously. It can also stream 4K UHD content.
The $499.99 device can consolidate episodes and create a watch list of favorite TV shows via cable and streaming services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. It can also skip commercials on recorded programming, search for programming across multiple channels, and a supported tablet or smartphone can serve as a remote control.
“The Bolt+ represents the high level of entertainment excellence that you’ve come to expect from TiVo and we’re proud to be publically recognized with this award,” Jim Denney, VP of product management and strategy, said in a statement.
Separately, TiVo signed a long-term intellectual property (IP) license with HBO. The pay-TV channel is acquiring a license to TiVo’s patent portfolios and the over-the-top video assets.
TiVo and subsidiary Rovi Corp. have spent decades generating some of the most valuable IP in the media and entertainment industry, including interactive program guide, the DVR, video on demand, personal recommendations, and voice-activated search, among others.
“Our license agreement with HBO reinforces the value our innovative patent portfolios deliver to the OTT industry as we continue helping companies quickly adapt to a rapidly changing and fragmented media industry,” said Samir Armaly, EVP of intellectual property and licensing for Rovi Corp.