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Replace Lifetime HD with Mini - any downside?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by aine, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. MsUnderstood

    MsUnderstood New Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    Clovis, CA

    Cost and convenience are the factors I was thinking of here.

    It will cost $149 more to get the mini if I include lifetime on the mini. Hardware only the price breaks even.

    I have the expanded 1tb internal on the series 3 now. I had the western digital external for a while and that went out in about 2 years, so when the internal HD quit I replaced that with the 1tb HD in 2010. If I replace the HD its $149 and problem is solved for another 3 years. . .or it could be the HD is just noisy. The TiVo was in the livingroom for years so I didn't notice the extra noise.

    So I'm at the intersection of upgrading (downgrading to some) to the mini and getting the same interfaces plus quiet in the bedroom, on demand now and future promise of Netflix or replacing the HD and saving $149.

    Decisions, decisions!
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    You also have other factors to consider - loss of the two tuners and OTA capability in the S3 and the one tuner in the S4 you would have to allocate to the mini. Then again, you would gain the ability to stream and, as you said, On-Demand. And no longer have the need for the cable card(s) in the S3.

    And, as I said, if you DIY or get a friend to do it for you, replacing the hd drive can be done for the cost of a new drive. A 1TB WD Green drive (WD10EZRX) is available from Newegg for $74.99
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The Bridge on my Premiere Elite works in both directions. I've used it to bridge between MoCA and Ethernet and also to bridge between Ethernet and MoCA.
  4. poppagene

    poppagene User

    Dec 29, 2001
    You are confusing Prime Instant Video (not on tivo) with Amazon Instant Video (available on tivo)

    Actually, Prime Instant Video titles whaich are free for Amazon Prime members, are only available for streaming, and cannot be downloaded.

    The more general Amazon instant videos can be purchased or rented and while they can't generally be streamed to TiVo, they can be downloaded to TiVo.
  5. poppagene

    poppagene User

    Dec 29, 2001
    For me the biggest disadvantage is the inability to watch and record OTA content. With a premiere 4 and a mini, you would be out of luck if and when you get fed up with your cable company and want to try cutting the cord.

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