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Can TiVo stay relevant in today's TV-watching (and streaming) marketplace?




TiVo is trying to maintain a foothold in the DVR business with a new box called The Bolt.
TiVo is trying to maintain a foothold in the DVR business with a new box called The Bolt.
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The war for our attention in the TV space has just gotten even more crowded. And no, we're not talking about how there's too much TV these days. 

Remember TiVo? The premium device was once so coveted that in the movie “Tropic Thunder,” Matthew McConaughey’s talent agent character got one for his client as a perk.

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Well, when that movie was released in 2008, TiVo may have been a necessity, but since then the TV ecosystem has radically changed. Now, TiVo has released its new model — called The Bolt — and the company hopes to get back into living rooms by being both your digital video recorder and your streaming device.

But in an era of cord-cutting and stand-alone streaming platforms, what’s the need for a DVR?  

For more on this we called L.A. Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik, to ask about the DVR’s role in today’s TV-watching marketplace.



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