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Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by sbiller, Mar 12, 2013.
Hope that scenario isn't just another pipedream, but I'm not holding my breath expecting it!
That explains it.
I find them even better when recorded. I can get a sandwich, skip commercials and useless commentary, and miss intermission times.
I understand some like to twitter during the games, but that is a relatively small group.
Sorry, I'll cease being off-topic now.
My personal guess, from viewing other pre-lauch behaviors from Tivo, is that we are indeed close to a new box that will allow me to use the mini and dump my THD and 2-tuner premiere. I would just need more than 2TB of storage, netflix access on the mini, and a good way to pull pytivo shares. Though, having to push using my tablet would not be a deal breaker..
I will not buy anything Apple.
There was a rumor about Apple buying TiVo a few years ago. IMO, that would have been a win-win situation. It would have given TiVo a great direction, and Apple could have integrated TiVo in their Apple TV box and in the upcoming Apple Television.
If Apple bought Tivo I would have to pray that an Android DVR came out.
I am also extremely disappointed by the Mini's limitation. I have a two tuner (I don't use OTA, but I like knowing I could) DVR simply because that is all I need. I wouldn't be willing to spend the money to upgrade, and the Mini is not reason enough. Right now I feed the signal from my box to my entire house. It works great, expecially with the Android app. Only down side, is we all watch the same thing. Not a problem I am willing to shell out $750+ to fix. $250 I could justify if it worked with my Premiere. That is about the max for me.
As for live sports. I love hockey, but I hate to watch live (or at least start it live). I usually start about halfway through the game, skip commercial and intermissions, and then catch up to live in the last few minutes when there tends to be less commercials. My solution with the mini would be to watch live sports on the TV that is connected to my Premiere. That is my preferred TV anyway.
You know what, I do watch NASCAR live, but that is so I can listen to in-car audio in real time. Always watch that on my good TV too, so a mini with no live TV still would be ideal for me.
I just find them incredibly dull and boring. I last about 5 minutes before I find myself doing other things. My roommates used to be able to predict when I would get up and leave the room when they watched football. I played just about every sport, but if I wasn't playing I didn't care what was going on.
It's amazing to me how anytime the subject of "Apple" comes up, people feel the need to comment about how they hate Apple devices, they are iCrap, they won't buy them if you put a gun to their head, etc.... yet, you don't see all of the many people in the forum who do like Apple products crapping all over Google and Android.
You people need to get a grip. Be happy that you have an alternative to "iCrap".
I like them both for different reasons.
Steve Jobs thought TiVo, Roku and Google TV were all destined to fail, so Apple would never have bought TiVo while he was running the company. Don't know what Apple would do now, but I don't see them buying TiVo or even working with them.
Steve was right about Google TV.
Apple appeals to a completely different segment then TiVo. There may be some overlap, but by and large they are very different groups and I don't think they would fit well together.
Plus Apple is HUGE. If they wanted to make a DVR they would just make one. They wouldn't buy TiVo.
Steve Jobs also said that Apple would never make an iPod that played video or a mobile phone. They started making both a few years after each statement. He also said a 7 inch tablet was a bad idea. The iPad mini had to be in development while he was still around.
Sports are an event. They lose their value after about 5 minutes, if that. Basketball is the one time that I have live TV on, and don't touch the remotes for 2 hours.
You think Apple would have any interest in maintaining a retail DVR? If they purchased TiVo it would have been for the patent portfolio, not to compete with the cable co's for this slim market.
Same thing when Google purchased Motorola. Patent portfolio only, closed or sold everything else...
TiVo direction would have been to abandon the market...
I have a less than 3 year old Premiere XL with Product Lifetime Service, would have loved to use a mini to playback recorded shows on a bedroom TV; the lack of Live remote TV would not be important. But Tivo has decided to limit the mini so I can't use it with my 2 tuner Premiere. I'd have to buy a new box and abandon my investment in both my hardware and the expensive PLS I purchased.
Not nice, Tivo, not nice. As best I can tell there is no technical reason for this limitation. A mini should work fine with a two tuner Premiere, just without the option of Live TV, if only Tivo would allow it.
If Tivo treats it's existing customer base with disdain, they may find that existing customers abandon Tivo, and stop recommending Tivo to friends and family.
You know you could probably sell the TiVo you have for $400-$500. The one thing about PLS is that it retains nearly 100% of it's value, even over long periods of time.
Nope, there is no technical reason for it. Tivo says that it's all about the user experience on the 2 tuner Premiere. They say that they did not want to diminish the experience of the person that is in front of the 2 tuner when a person using the Mini wants to watch live TV.
Only thing you can do is hope for a 4+ tuner Premiere with OTA in the future and hope the price of your 2 tuner Premiere with lifetime does not diminish in value when that time comes.
Or in a very remote chance... Hope that Tivo creates a Roku or Apple TV app that works in conjunction with the Tivo Stream. But that means you'll still need to purchase some equipment from Tivo and Roku/Apple.
Sold mine for $525 when I got my Mini. Plus one less CableCard fee!
A little off topic, but how much can I get for a TiVo HD with lifetime?
Check ebay completed listings. Probably $300-$400 depending on the drive