TiVo Lights It Up With New Lux Remote

Buried within the TiVo Edge release notes is reference to a new “Lux” remote control. So, as I’m wont to do, I tracked it down.

The TiVo Lux is essentially the same TiVo Bolt/Mini Vox voice remote. But, now enhanced with full backlighting — as you’d expect from a premium product. This isn’t the first time TiVo has bundled a backlit remote, but it may be the first since the original TiVo Glo hit way back in 2006 with the Series 3. Initially, this will be an Edge Antenna pack-in, but I suspect it’ll ultimately make its way into TiVo Cable boxes and become available as an accessory for Bolt and Roamio.

While some like Apple and Roku have gone minimalist with their remote controls, I still find value in a reasonable number of clickable buttons with sufficient feedback — especially a directional pad, as the Apple TV remote can be infuriating. Yet, it’s not clear how or if TiVo will utilize those thumbs given the deprecation of manual rating for content recommendations.

15 thoughts on “TiVo Lights It Up With New Lux Remote”

  1. Currently only bundled with the new TiVo Edge Antenna. Seems likely the Edge Cable will get it too. Hoping it’s eventually made available as an accessory.

  2. Nice to have backlighting for the standard remote, but it would have been even nicer to have a Slide Lux remote (or, hey, just keep on calling it the Slide Pro or even Slide Pro Plus, but with the addition of the voice tech. and button)–remote learning capability and a keyboard are good things and an established success.

  3. I understand that the OTA-only model has a greater price increase from its BOLT equivalent, but I imagine many a EDGE for Cable customer will be annoyed that they’re paying more and getting a lesser remote (even if getting 50% more tuners and MoCA bridging).

  4. > Should have been implemented 10 years ago.

    @rob, it was. TiVo had the Glo remote in 2006. This article mentions it.

  5. We have an OTA antenna & I want to be able to record OTA programs to watch at a later time. I do not have the internet so I do not want to have to stream the programs I want to record. Will TiVo do this for me? If so do you recommend a certain TiVo product?

  6. @Cindy — someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think modern TiVos must be able to connect to the internet in order to function. That’s how they get the program guide data that tells you which shows air at what time, so the box knows when to record things. You don’t necessarily need fast internet but I think you would need a live internet connection to a TiVo in order for it to work for you.

    If you don’t have internet at all, you should check out a simple external OTA tuner box that lets you attach a USB hard drive to set up manual (VCR-style) recordings (e.g. record channel 2.1 from 8:00-8:30 PM tomorrow). Walmart sells one by Mediasonic HomeWorx that costs $35. Amazon sells one by iView for $33. These boxes only have 1 tuner, so you can’t record two things at once. If you want to watch something different than what you’re recording, you’d need to use the tuner built into your TV to watch the other channel. (You can put a splitter on the line coming from your antenna so that it can connect to both the TV and to the external tuner/DVR box.)

  7. If I spent all that money on a Cable Edge to find out that it was going to be included standard at a later date? I would be one upset consumer.

  8. @Godey

    As the second link you provided says, Dolby Atmos is on the Bolt, not just the Edge, and it is passthrough, so the only setting needed is the general enabling of Dolby audio. There is not a specific Atmos setting. It will handle any form of Dolby audio provided to it.

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