While I’ve been expecting refreshed over-the-air TiVo hardware, given a simplistic repurposing of base Roamio hardware for OTA and the Aereo acquisition, I hadn’t anticipated anything imminent in digital cable… especially with the ongoing CableCARD and successor uncertainty. Heck, I’d even assumed the absurd TiVo Mega was dead. Yet, CableLabs just updated their self certification paperwork… with two new TiVo models.
- Tivo 07/01/15 PNP SCV1113 Digital Only TCD849500 STB
- Tivo 07/01/15 PNP SCV1114 Digital Only TCD849000 STB
Historically, we could determine TiVo hardware generation from the first half of the model number and capacity from the second half. I’m not so sure hard drive is still in play these days. Yet, all prior Roamio models begin with 84, so I’d guess these similarly denoted units must be closely related and still represent TiVo Series 5 hardware. As to what exactly they are, I haven’t the foggiest.
These probably don’t represent the TiVo Bolt, which sounds more like a service. But could they be Mega variants? Hopefully not, as I really hope that initiative is dead with engineering resources better detailed to mass market products. But I could still see TiVo moving upmarket in presentation, if not storage, and perhaps these represent 4k-capable Roamio units… and you can check out my previous Broadcom chipset speculation here. Lastly, one of TiVo’s biggest retail challenges remains pricing — so whatever they’re working on hopefully reduces the BOM, with savings passed on to customers.
As to timing, we’re still awaiting TiVo’s “late July” Aereo announcement. But, again, these two models are specific to digital cable and lack over-the-air capabilities. So we’re just going to have to wait until more information presents itself.
- TiVo Bolt appears in four USPTO trademark filings
- Two TiVo units show up in CableLabs certification
- TiVo Bolt and “Aereo Edition” prematurely appear on TiVo website
- TiVo Bolt passes through FCC
- TiVo Bolt to feature 4k
- TiVo Bolt interface is more responsive and slightly modified
- TiVo Bolt in pictures