Set up and connect your Unified Entertainment System.

Prepare yourself for an entertainment experience unlike any other. This is going to be epic.

Start your TiVo BOLT experience in
3… 2… 1!

When your TiVo BOLT arrives, find the Product Feature booklet inside the packing box. This easy-to-follow guide gives you step-by-step instructions for installing your new BOLT. Follow the simple steps and you'll be living the BOLT life in no time.

Using BOLT with cable? Start here.

TiVo BOLT works with your existing cable service, so ditch that old cable DVR. To enjoy cable channels on your BOLT, order a CableCARD™ (M-Card) from your cable provider. This small card gives you access to all your cable channels and simply plugs into the bottom of your BOLT. Pick one up at your nearest cable service center, or have a technician from your cable company install it for you. The FCC requires cable companies to provide CableCARDs, so they have to accommodate your request.

  • Connect the cables and set up your TiVo.
  • Install the card by inserting it in the bottom CableCARD slot with the label facing up.
  • To activate the card, just call the cable
    company and ask them to activate and
    pair the CableCARD with your TiVo BOLT.
    If the cable technician is present, they
    can call for you.
  • Test your channels and complete the Guided Setup by selecting "Test Channels."

CableCARD Activation Support

Charter Communications - Support

Comcast/XFINITY - CableCARD Activation

Cox - CableCARD Activation

Insight Communications - Support

Mediacom - CableCARD/Self-Install
Activation Line – 1-866-848-7064

Optimum - Support

RCN - CableCARD/Self-Install Activation

Suddenlink - Support

Time Warner - CableCARD Activation

Verizon FiOS - Automated Activation Line
1-888-897-7499 or Activate Online

Note: If you have problems with your cable company issuing CableCARDs, call our Technical Support at 1-877-367-8486, and we will conduct a three-way call with your cable company to help finish your BOLT setup. To contact your cable company directly, see our list of providers in the CableCARD Activation Support section.

Common Questions:

What is a CableCARD, and why would I want one?
Tips for installing a CableCARD into your TiVo BOLT
I'm all thumbs. Can I get a professional installer?

Additional resources:

Support: Instructions for CableCARD installation

Using BOLT with an HD antenna? Let's dive in.

TiVo BOLT also works with an HD antenna. If you've paired your new BOLT with a digital antenna you can start enjoying HD content right away. Just plug in your antenna cable and you're ready to go. Watch and record all your free OTA channels in eye-popping HD, along with virtually endless streaming from the web.

Additional resources:

Determine the best antenna for you

Connect TiVo BOLT to the Internet.

TiVo BOLT requires an Internet connection so TiVo service can deliver your channel guide updates daily and stream content from providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, VUDU, Pandora and YouTube. It also provides unique SkipMode functionality and lets you stream content to your mobile device.

Use one of the following methods to connect your TiVo BOLT to the Internet:

Wired Ethernet

Plug Ethernet cable into the back of your TiVo BOLT.

This method is ideal for streaming content between two or more TiVo DVRs, or TiVo Mini.

MoCA network

(Ethernet over COAX)

TiVo BOLT has a built-in MoCA netowrk adapter so no additional adapters are required.

This is ideal for streaming content between TiVo devices if you don't have wried Ethernet. If you have Verizon FiOS, your network is already MoCA-enabled!

Two Ways MoCA works with BOLT:

1. If your router is next to your TiVo BOLT, connect an Ethernet cable and coax cable to your BOLT to turn on MoCA throughout your home. Then connect other devices using just a coax cable.

2. When your router is located elsewhere, connect the TiVo Bridge accessory to your router and coaxial cable. Then connect TiVo devices by using coax.

For more detailed instructions, go here.


All TiVo BOLT boxes have built-in wireless capability.

This method does not support streaming content between two or more TiVo devices such as TiVo DVRs, or TiVo Mini.

Additional resources:

Why does my TiVo BOLT need an Internet connection?
Step-by-step: How to connect your TiVo DVR to your network and the Internet
Shop: Order a TiVo Bridge Adapter

Download the TiVo app.

Once an Internet connection is established, you can sync your TiVo BOLT to the free TiVo app for iOS or Android devices. Download the TiVo app to search, browse and schedule recordings from anywhere. Want to watch TV around the house or on the go? Yeah, it can do that too.


Compatible with iPad/iPhone. Requires iOS 7.0 or later

Learn more


Compatible with non-Intel or
AMD chipset Android devices. Requires Android 4.1 or later

Learn more

Additional resources:

Learn more about the TiVo app