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Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by Oldelpa, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Trying to get away from Directv and new to TiVo! Hope this is the right forum. I plan on purchasing a 4 tuner unit and a mini! 3 questions, besides the $8 monthly charge for Hulu on the main unit is there an additional monthly charge for Hulu on the Mini? I have an internet repeater (Cisco re1000) with a port for ethernet, can this be used? There appears to be a reduced monthly service charge of $2 for multiple equipment. Does the mini qualify? Sorry if this is the wrong place to post!
     
  2. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    You can use the same Hulu account for all devices you have, so you should only have to pay $8/month to have access to Hulu on both the Roamio and the Mini. Most streaming services don't limit the number of devices you can register your account on, only the number of simultaneous streams. I think Hulu limits users to 1 simultaneous stream per account, so you just can't watch Hulu on your Roamio and Mini at the exact same time.

    The service fee for the mini is either $6/month or $150 for lifetime. I recommend just doing the lifetime.
     
  3. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Thanks for the answer! Is there any advantage buying directly from Tivo or is it better to buy from someone like Best Buy? I'm buying the cheapest 4 tuner model and a mini!
     
  4. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    I would look for the best deal. If you're a member of the BB rewards program there might be a small advantage in buying from them. TiVo is currently having an NCAA tournament promotion for up to $75 off. (At least I think it is still running.) Also look at amazon and eBay.

    Fwiw I've bought my last 2 TiVos from TiVo.
     
  5. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Thanks guys for the help!
     
  6. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    If you are planning on going with lifetime service on the Roamio, it would probably be best to buy the Roamio from a third-party retailer, because you can then use the code "PLSR" when you activate lifetime service to get $100 off.

    Usually, units sold directly by TiVo come pre-activated with service, so you can't use that discount code on them. The only way around this is to call up TiVo directly and ask them if they will sell you a unit without service. Some other users have had success doing this by telling TiVo they want an unactivated unit because they plan on transferring service from another TiVo, but I don't know whether or not TiVo actually tries to verify that you have another unit to transfer service from.
     
  7. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    I don't understand the lifetime service! If the service is attached to the box and not to you, and the warranty on the box is 1 year, what happens if the box flames out after 13 months? Is the lifetime service a crap shoot?
     
  8. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Please understand I'm a senior and sometimes this stuff boggles my mind! I just bought a Roku (which I'm taking back and replacing with TiVo) that was new tech to me!
     
  9. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    As described, one Hulu account is good for all minis as they run off the host Roamio.

    Sent you a PM with a $50 off coupon code for the Roamio, let me know if you don't need it as I will pass it along to someone else and you may wish to call Tivo if you buy directly from them as many are getting the Mini half price at $49.99 but it's not an advertised special so you need to talk to real person to order.
     
  10. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Here is a thorough discussion about monthly vs. lifetime service:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=515396

    You might want to keep the Roku in addition to a TiVo. I have both a Roku and a Roamio, and the Roku is a great little device. While the Roamio will do some streaming, it doesn't do everything like the Roku does.
     
  11. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    With lifetime, you can buy the extended warranty if you are concerned about the box dieing after the orginal warranty expires. The most common parts that fail is the hard drive and in the Roamio, it's very easy to replace. The second biggest part that fails is the power supply or hdmi port which yes, the purchase of lifetime can be a gamble. Tivo has been known to offer reasonable lifetime transfer rates towards a new Tivo if the box is less than 2 years old, after that not much.

    If you aren't planning on buying a new Tivo everything a new one comes out, lifetime will save you money in 2-3 years, the biggest asset is lifetime increases the resale value considerably.

    The biggest problem with purchasing lifetime is that you are required to complete your service commitment if you subscribe a new Tivo which is usually one year, i have a Premiere that still has a 5 months of two year contract, I can buy lifetime for it right now but it won't take effect until the 5 months are over.
     
  12. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Thanks to all and eboydog ---a big thanks! I'll have wife call tomorrow (I'm getting deaf).
     
  13. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    In fastening the units up, can I just hard wire the Roamio to the ethernet port on the repeater (that sits in the living room) and hard wire the mini to the modem/router ethernet port in the family room? Would that allow the units to 'talk' to each other?
     
  14. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    No problem, check your PM I just sent you my $75 code, I'm not going to buy another Roamio anytime soon so someone may as well partake.

    Let me know why which one you use and I will pass the other along. :up:
     
  15. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    As long as it all devices are on the same home network. Not sure what you mean by repeater? All the devices need full access to each other with the Roamio and mini both having Internet access.

    If you can't get ethernet to the Mini, it has Moca built into it, the Roamio basic doesn't so unless you have Fios and already have Moca running, you will need a Adaptec Moca adapter to bridge your home network into your coax line, Tivo has them for $49.95 which at last count was the cheapest., $89 for a two pack but you may only need one depending on what you already have.

    Meant to also suggest that ethernet is the best as far as stability is concerned, Moca can give you headache when it goes bad. If everything is connected with ethernet, you will be better to try that first.
     
  16. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    More questions! To get the $100 discount on lifetime do I need buy from a 3rd party (as mentioned above) or can I request it from TiVo? Does Tivo have a "payment plan" eg. "3 easy installments, etc" or do they want the whole shot at the time of sign up? Can I defer lifetime decision for a month or so until I decide whether I want to make that commitment? It's big money for retired people!
     
  17. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    The repeater is an extension of wifi. My big screen tv doesn't have built in wifi but if I hook an ethernet cable from it to the repeater I can access the modem/router. I think it should work as basically it's the same as running an ethernet cable direct to the mod/router.
     
  18. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    I think a better name for the repeater would be 'bridge'!
     
  19. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Third party to use the lifetime code, Tivo's directly from Tivo are not eligible and you can only use Roamio $75 purchase discount code from Tivo (just one, not two).

    No payment plan but I believe you might be able to chose a higher monthly fee that comes with no service commitment and add lifetime later when you can afford it BUT I'm not sure if new Roamio s can be subscribed monthly without at least a one year commitment. Used ones can but then you lose the March Madness discount code but the PLRS is still good for $100 off lifetime.

    They don't let you get away with too many discounts.
     
  20. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

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    Hey dog let me change the subject for a second. Anyone on here you can think of or anyone reading this know anything about grounding a rooftop antenna? Can really use some knowledge on that , too!
     

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