Along with the introduction of the TiVo Bolt came two highly publicized new features: QuickMode and SkipMode. QuickMode allows one to plow through recordings at 1.3x speed with minimal audio distortion, while SkipMode introduced TiVo’s take on commercial avoidance. Existing Roamio DVR owners were promised a QuickMode upgrade, but told SkipMode would remain out of reach. And we didn’t like it.
As promised, TiVo has reevaluated that approach … and come to a favorable ruling.
Based on a holiday promo and image assets hosted by TiVo.com, we now know SkipMode should begin hitting Roamio units December 10th. And one can safely assume the behavior will also extend to TiVo Mini extenders.
Don’t miss your chance at big discounts on TiVo Roamio DVRs before they’re gone forever! For a limited time, we’re offering a year of free service when you purchase TiVo Roamio. Roamio DVRs will include innovative features, like SkipMode (in select markets*) and QuickMode, so you can jump past commercial breaks with a single click or watch recordings and shows with a buffer 30% faster with pitch-corrected audio. So act now and take advantage of this offer while supplies last. There aren’t many left! *SkipMode available in San Francisco/Bay Area and Chicago markets.
As to the regional restrictions, I have no idea – since Bolt is available nationwide and not geographically limited. Perhaps it’s just a benign staggered rollout and the rest of us will similarly receive access in 2015. While not the ultimate in comskip, limited to select networks, select shows, and requiring manual intervention at each break, I’m still quite looking forward to this and hope to receive it soon. Should you share that sentiment, you’d be well served to get your name on the TiVo Priority List.