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Roamio base and 3 minis?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by volleyb32, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. volleyb32

    volleyb32 New Member

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    Newbie here...just wanted to get an exact answer from someone that has the Roamio. Basically, I have 4 TV's total and I want to use the Roamio base model to steam recorded shows (rarely, if ever, watch live TV) to the other 3 minis. My question is this- will watching a recorded show on a mini, take up a tuner from the Roamio? I called Tivo twice today, and two different people said that it does...meaning if I had all 3 minis watching recorded shows, then the base Roamio would only have one tuner left to record new shows. This sounds stupid to me, as the mini shouldn't be using a tuner to watch what is on the harddrive, but the Tivo reps insisted this is true. What is the real life answer please?
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    No, a tuner is only used by Mini for live TV. If you just want to stream recorded shows from your Roamio then the Mini will NOT use a tuner.
    Pretty incredible the CSRs don't seem to have even the most basic fundamentals down for TiVo whole home solutions.
     
  3. volleyb32

    volleyb32 New Member

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    Thank you!!! Heading out to get my Roamio and the mini's tonight.
     
  4. AdamNJ

    AdamNJ New Member

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    It may however steal a tuner if from a mini you watch live tv, and then switch to watching something recorded. I am not sure if it releases right away or waits for the 90 min timeout.

    But if you go straight to watching a recording, it won't steal a tuner.
     
  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    As soon as you exit live TV from Mini the tuner is dropped from my experience.
     
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    aaronwt UHD Addict

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