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2-Tuner Support Not on the Roadmap

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by sbiller, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    That has nothing to do with it, as it was only small stations and translators, but the FCC just didn't grow a pair to force them over for a long, long time.
  2. dhoward

    dhoward Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I have a question. I have my Mini connected to a P4. It works as advertised. I can watch both live TV and recorded shows. I also have a P2 and it can also see that and play anything in the My Shows folder. I thought it would not work at all with a P2 or is it just that it cannot watch live tv on the P2.

    In addition I was a little bothered that my 4 tuner had to become a 3 tuner but since I have not encountered a time when I need all 4 tuners recording it has not been a problem. Even if it was I can set the Mini to record the fourth show if needed and just not watch anything while it is recording. So from my perspective it seems like some of the short comings are not as bad as I originally thought. Am I missing something?
  3. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    The Mini can't record anything. You can only record three shows at a time if you have a tuner reserved for the Mini.
  4. dhoward

    dhoward Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I set up a recording from the mini and it recorded. What tuner recorded if not the one assigned to the mini?
  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    It records on the host 4 tuner unit. i.e. The Mini is just a front end to the host unit for anything to do with setting up recordings, season passes, etc. The tuner used for live TV by the Mini is actually barred from recording anything except for live TV for the purpose of viewing on the Mini. Since the host unit only has 3 tuners left for recording in this situation, you can only record up to 3 things at a time.
  6. dhoward

    dhoward Member

    Mar 15, 2002

    You are right. I just did a record and then looked at the P4 to see which tuner was being used and it was one of the unused 3. What about the ability of watching recorded shows on the P2. Is that my imagination? I thought the P2 could not be accessed by the Mini or is that only for live TV?
  7. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    You can watch recordings from any 2-tuner Premiere on your network. Some people on this forum have reported that they disconnected their 4-tuner boxes from the network and it continued to work from 2-tuner boxes, but with some type of error message. But nobody has tried removing their 4-tuner box from their TiVo account, as far as I know.

    You cannot watch a live tuner from a 2-tuner box, because it has no option to allow a tuner for remote devices.
  8. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Here is the error screen, when trying to access the two tuner, after disconnecting the Host, four tuner.

    photo 1.JPG
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The error pops up and you hit ok. Then it shows the other TiVos on your network. And you select the one you want to view shows from.
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    For as long as Tivo keeps this loophole open of course, we also don't know if it's time-limited yet.

    Most people won't bother doing a buy-and-return on a 4-tuner to get 2-tuners working with a Mini IMO, so they may just leave it this way.
  11. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    Nov 12, 2004
    Hmmmn, I might consider it just to get past this BS rule that Tivo has on the 2 tuner boxes.

    JK but I sure can see some people doing this. :)

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