Dish has had a similar feature on its Hopper DVR, which has prompting lawsuits from several TV channels.
The TiVo Bolt also has a "quick mode" that plays back recordings 30 percent faster. The pitch on the audio is adjusted using software so that it won't sound odd. With this and the commercial skipping, it will be possible to watch an hour-long show in roughly a half-hour.
Other features include support for video in Ultra HD, or 4K resolution. The DVR supports simultaneous recording of up to 4 channels and is available in 500GB and 1TB versions.
The TiVo Bolt offers a unified search of both traditional channels and streaming-video services. You can watch streaming video such as Hulu on TiVo, but the commercial skipping and quick playback work only with regular recordings.
The TiVo Bolt starts at $300 and includes one year of free service, which provides programming data and other information needed to tap the device's full capabilities. After that, service costs $15 a month.