One of the key selling points of the new TiVo Bolt is how the sleek little DVR-on-smart-drugs allows users to zap through entire commercial pods at the push of a button. Naturally, TV networks aren’t at all enthused about this development, which might explain why the two TiVo commercials that specifically address Bolt’s ad-skipping feature have disappeared almost as soon as they arrived.
There are plenty of ways to get streaming video onto your big living-room screen. Internet-connected “smart” TVs and gaming consoles such as the Xbox or PlayStation can do the trick. But stand-alone devices tend to offer more features and more video services to choose from. Here’s a rundown of six of them.
With one press of a button on the remote, TiVo’s new digital video recorder will skip the entire commercial break. That’s quicker than the 30-second forward feature found on previous TiVos. On the new TiVo Bolt, TiVo will tag the start and end of commercial breaks so that viewers can skip that section when watching on their recordings. The feature will work with about 20 over-the-air and cable channels, including the major broadcast networks, mostly during primetime hours.