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Roamio-->Premiere streaming question

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by mimregi, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. mimregi

    mimregi New Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    We have decided we want TiVo in a second room an I am exploring my options.

    We currently have a TiVo Premiere (TCD746320- launch model, plain vanilla, two tuners, ethernet, no internal wifi).

    Unless I am very much mistaken, I cannot use the TiVo Mini with this model-- do I have that correct?

    Short of that, what I would like to do is buy a Roamio as my new main unit, then take the Premiere into the bedroom and use that the same way I would use a mini. I wanted to confirm what I could and couldn't do though-- assuming I have a moca or wired ethernet connection, can I *stream* to that unit? Can I copy shows from one to the other? My hope is both, I'm pretty sure I can copy, but I am having a tough time getting a definitive answer on streaming.

    I ask for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if I cannot stream, I'll likely just connect the DVRs via Wireless-N rather than MOCA. Secondly, my preference is to get a Roamio Plus, but if I cannot stream to the premiere, I may get an entry level roamio (on sale at amazon now for $150) and a TiVo mini to go with it.

    Thanks in advance for any help =)
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Stream, yes. All recorded content.

    Copy, yes, BUT- it depends on how shows are marked by your cable co.
  3. David D

    David D New Member

    May 28, 2012
    I too have a Premiere and am considering purchasing a new Roamio Plus. I am also wondering about using the Premiere in our bedroom and using it to stream from the Roamio. We are never in both rooms at the same time, so we don't need or want to pay for the second cable card and TiVo monthly fee. Can the Premiere be used as just a streaming device, or do you have to maintain your cable card and TiVo service on the Premiere just to stream from the Roamio?
  4. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    A Premier can stream from the Roamio without a CableCard; however, you will have to maintain Tivo service on the Premiere to enable streaming.
  5. David D

    David D New Member

    May 28, 2012
    So it will cost an additional $12.99 per month to keep my existing Premiere online versus $5.99 per month for a Mini. Looks like my choices are to buy a Mini, or run an HDMI cable from my matrix switch to our bedroom.
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    If you're buying a new Roamio, maybe you can use that as leverage to get the $99 lifetime deal on the Premiere.

    At least a couple of people reported success.


    But of course you may have to play many rounds of Customer Service Rep roulette.
  7. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

    Aug 2, 2003
    It used to be that the Mini would grab a tuner and keep it, so TiVo made a four-tuner "host" a minimum requirement. I'm not sure if this still applies now that they have dynamic tuner allocation. (?) Either way, once set up, the Mini can stream from a two-tuner Premiere.

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