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Mini and tuner allocation

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by Riverdome, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    I agree, they have to prioritize development and get the most bang for their buck. I think they are absolutely moving towards a single DVR centric solution which will benefit most users even if it's an annoyance to some.

    First thing they need to do is get the XL4 even lower price-wise and then release a six tuner unit with faster CPU.
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I agree. A Mini will always be paired to a specific host and only be able to pull a tuner from that host. I also think that once DTA is working you will still be limited to allocating just 2 tuners to network streaming. The reason being is that leaves 1 tuner for local live viewing on the host and 1 tuner for recording. That seems to be the minimum experience TiVo expects. (i.e. watch one thing while recording another) Once we get a 6 tuner then that will likely have the ability to allocate 3-4 tuners to the network if you so desire.
     
  3. bdraw

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    I said if you like to channel surf. I watch sports and news live as well. But I record everything I like to watch, including the stuff I plan to watch live -- never know if something comes up. For news shows, I just set them to only keep two episodes. With four live tuners, you could easily record your four favorite news shows channels and switch between them and still watch 'live".
     
  4. Ruby

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    Has anyone tried allocating a tuner; using it with the Mini for a while and then deallocating it? That is, could I put my XL4 back the way it was?

    Sorry if this has been answered previously, I couldn't find it.
     
  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you can do that. Only catch is any recordings currently happening on host 4 tuner unit will be cancelled, so you have to choose a time when nothing important is recording to do it.
     
  6. Ruby

    Ruby New Member

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    Thanks, that caveat is very good to know or I could end up with a very upset wife!
     
  7. Gadfly

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    Same here except I just found out I need to allocate a tuner for live TV if I want to watch Xfinity on-demand on my Mini. I was hoping this works like YouTube but that isn't the case.
     
  8. Bigg

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    True, it's a reasonable workaround to just schedule things to record, although it might be a pain if you forgot have to go in and record, and then play that back.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I forgot about Xfinity. Someone just explained to me how that works and that it actually uses a tuner on the TiVo. I had always assumed it was completely IP based since it's available on XBox, which doesn't have a tuner. However apparently on TiVo it actually works more like traditional VOD just with communication going over the internet rather then up the line like it does with a regular box.

    We're on Charter here so I don't even have the option to use VOD. :(
     
  10. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Yup. It's literally regular VOD with a little bit of bridge code written to do the commands over IP. Comcast's IP-VOD is a subset of their regular VOD selection, and is available online on their website.
     

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