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3 TVs: 1 4-tuner + 2 Minis? or 3 2-tuner TiVo's?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by dmk1974, Mar 15, 2013.

3 TVs: 1 4-tuner + 2 Minis? or 3 2-tuner TiVo's?

  1. Keep the 3 TiVo's as-is

    22 vote(s)
    62.9%
  2. Upgrade to a single TiVo XL4 + 2 TiVo Minis

    13 vote(s)
    37.1%
  1. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    Jan 28, 2002
    Houston
    Funny you should mention this. Seems kmttg is solving yet one more issue, managing multiple to do lists and sharing of available tuners. Its in beta and being tested. Works very well so far. So for me, the only remaining down side of multiple DVRs vs the thin client model is the integrated NPL.

    For now, I have kmttg roll all recordings to the tivo in our home theater with the 2TB drive, leaving the other two empty. Tivo has stated that an integrted NPL was in the works for next release....
     
  2. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    Jan 28, 2002
    Houston
    Actually you would be moving from 6 tuners to record with to 3 as the mini's will need at least one of the 4 full time.
     
  3. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    I think I am definitely going to remain with 3 TiVo boxes instead of one box with the two Mini boxes.

    However, another option that I am now considering, is to buy one 4-tuner box with lifetime to replace one of my existing boxes. TiVo has that sale ending today that bundles the basic 4-tuner box with a TiVo Stream and MoCA adapter all for $299 (plus lifetime). I recently bought a TiVo Stream from Best Buy for $129 plus tax (which I would return to them) and would then use the one from the bundle instead. From my current situation, it would cost me $170 to buy a 4-tuner TiVo and MoCA. Of course an additional $400 for the lifetime on the 4-tuner box as well. I do figure that I can sell one of my existing 1-tuner Premiere boxes for a net of ~$400 so that part would wash out.

    SO, is it worth it with this math to replace one of my existing boxes (giving me 2 additional tuners) so I am ready to add a TiVo Mini for that 4th TV if I choose?

    -$170 4-Tuner TiVo w/MoCA
    -$400 Lifetime
    +400 Sell 2-Tuner TiVo
    --------
    -$170 net cost

    I could then also upgrade the new 4-tuner box with a larger hard drive (I've done that on one of my 3 current boxes) for less than the difference of an XL4 box.
     
  4. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    Well, I did pretty much as I planned per above. But got it all done at the local Best Buy. Went in there with my receipt for my previously purchased TiVo Stream and then showed the guy the TiVo online promo. Not an exact match, but pretty close. They don't carry the TiVo MoCA adapters and I didn't need one anyway.

    They basically rang the TiVo Stream as a return and then bought it again on the updated ticket. I also had $35.00 in RZ certs that I was able to use and apply to the pre-tax total.

    +$129.99 TiVo Stream
    -$90.89 TiVo Stream
    -$84.89 TiVo Mini
    -$180.11 TiVo Premiere 4
    +$35.00 RZ certificates
    --------------
    -$190.90 pre-tax for adding the Mini and Premiere 4 today (since I owned the Stream)
    or
    -$320.89 pre-tax for the Stream, Mini, and Premiere 4 (bottom line spent on the 3 items)

    I did then elect to buy the Product Lifetime service on the Mini and Premiere 4, so tack on another $549.98 to that BB total.

    Hooked it all up and I think it's running fine. I now have a 4th TV connected in my kitchen via the Mini (wife and kids are pretty happy with that).

    Assuming I clear over $400 for the 2-tuner Premiere that I am replacing with this 4-tuner Premiere, I basically will have spent about $355 today (net after taxes and selling the 2-tuner box) to go from 6 tuners across 3 TVs to 8 tuners across 4 TVs. And one of my boxes increases from 45 hours to 75 hours. Same number of cable cards as before and I get to turn in a digital adapter which was just $2 a month.

    Pretty slick...all connected to watch tons of TV practically anywhere in the house (or out when copied to the iPad or iPhone).
     
  5. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    Houston
    Congrats. Nice whole home setup!

    Good luck with the Premiere sale. You should post it on TCF first as many sell pretty quickly here.
     
  6. tbielowicz

    tbielowicz New Member

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    Apr 16, 2009
    Nice setup!

    Tivo Stream is great and I cannot believe how fast the menus are on the Mini's. It is how the Premier menus should have been. They are now close but still not as fast.
     
  7. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    Thanks. I've never sold through the forums here, only ebay and Craigslist in the past. I may give it a shot once I have everything transferred off and have it all reset.
     
  8. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    Thanks. One thing that I also notice, is while the Mini seems to be very fast via the MoCA connection to the 4-tuner TiVo, the 4-tuner TiVo itself seems slower...even slower than my two 2-tuner TiVos. Maybe it's still processing guide info or something in the background.
     
  9. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    I put up the Premiere on ebay and also placed the link in the appropriate forum here on TCF. Thanks again everyone for your thoughts. The family is pretty happy having the 4th TiVo (the Mini) in the kitchen.
     

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