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The Tivo Mini lives....

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by dave13077, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Member

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    I just finished the online dealer meeting For the TiVo Mini. I was told I could repeat all the info I learned, so here goes.

    TiVo Mini Launch: March 6, 2013 (yes this year!)

    Pricing: $99.99 Monthly: $5.99 or Lifetime: $149.99

    Dimensions: 6.12" w 1.25" h

    Tuners & Streaming:

    Each Premiere 4-tuner model will currently support 2 Mini's. You can have more than one DVR on the system to increase your Mini allotment, and each Mini can access content from any DVR on the network -- even 2 tuner models. However, the Mini's are always paired to the same 4 tuner DVR for live tuner access.

    2nd Quarter 2013: Dynamic Tuner Allocation. You'll be able to pair up to 9 Mini's to a single DVR. Each DVR will support up to 4 Mini streams simultaneously.

    Miscellaneous:

    There will be a Moca bridge available at launch. Looks pretty easy to hook up.

    The Mini has mounting holes on the back for wall mounting. If the Mini is mounted behind a TV, there will be an IR extender available that connects to the Mini's USB port.

    That's all I have right now. We'll find out more next week at launch.
     
  2. jjd_87

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    If this is true, this is awesome!! :D
     
  3. compnurd

    compnurd New Member

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    Now the question will become with the dynamic tuner allocation is will it still require a 4 tuner to set up or will it allocate and set up for someone with say 2-3 premieres
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Thanks for the Info!! :)

    Guess my Guess of $250 with lifetime was pretty good just missed it by 2 cents. :p
     
  5. jadziedzic

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    It will be interesting to see if there is a discount on the mini's lifetime service price for those eligible for multi-service discounts, as well as if TiVo plans to sell a bundle with an XL4 and a pair of minis.
     
  6. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    $249 with lifetime is a little high but better than the expected $299-$349.

    I wouldn't expect a lifetime discount since you have to have a TiVo to use the Mini so $149 is the MSD price.
     
  7. Loach

    Loach New Member

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    Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't every Mini owner by definition be eligible for multi-service discount? So, the price is the price.
     
  8. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    The Mini news is fantastic.

    Now: does the Mini still require a 4 tuner Premiere to set up and use or can I use a Mini for streaming of recorded content only from my 2 tuner Premieres?
     
  9. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Mission...
    So looks like option to use with only a 2 tuner unit as the host (without live tv capability of course) is not going to be available any time soon if ever.
    Pricing is actually better than I expected at $250, which means a few months after release can drop down to close to $200 range via online retailers which is my threshold. Depending on feedback even at $250 I may consider it since I already have an Elite anyway. What would really get my attention is if Mini is very speedy using HDUI and Flash apps - that means I could relegate sluggish Elite to a headless unit and use the Mini on that TV.
     
  10. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Member

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    Yes, you still need a 4-tuner TiVo to use the Mini.
     
  11. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    DigitalDawn, so I guess there was no mention if Netflix or other apps would be available via the Mini at retail launchi?
     
  12. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Member

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    Yes, they will work on the Mini as well.
     
  13. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    It makes you wonder if the next model will only be a 4 tuner which would then include OTA. This way every new TiVo supports the Mini.

    Hopefully more retailers carry it than the Stream. Other than the Best Buy coupon the Stream has only been at MSRP.
     
  14. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Member

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    I'm personally hoping for a 6-tuner model with Stream built-in. In my household that would be enough tuners for recording and Live TV.
     
  15. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Oh I definitely agree. I am ready for a 6 tuner.

    I could just see them dropping the 2 tuner model completely if they can get the 4 tuner model cheap enough. Otherwise you risk people buying a 2 tuner and later going to add a Mini only to find out they can't.
     
  16. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    Okay. Well since I just decided this morning (before reading this) to cut the cord and try using Tivo for OTA service, Netflix streaming, maybe Hulu, etc. I will not be buying a 4 tuner Premiere and 2 Minis for the time being. I will keep an eye out for the rumored successor to the Elite/XL4/4 that could have OTA accessible via a dongle.
     
  17. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    There were some rumors based on a TiVo FCC waiver request that there would be a 4 tuner combo OTA/Cable DVR coming but that it would be digital only (no analog OTA or Cable), which was what the waiver was for. So who knows.
     
  18. dave13077

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    Looks like the MOCA bridge will not be part of the unit and will have to be purchased separately. Not a big deal as I am sure they wanted to try to keep the price down on the unit. It will be interesting to see if it is the same adapter that they already sell.
     
  19. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    TiVo Mini is a MoCA end-point. It won't bridge a MoCA connection like the 4/XL4 to provide ethernet to other devices.
     
  20. dave13077

    dave13077 Member

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    OK thanks, Got it.... So I assume it should have a MOCA connection built into it and won't need anything else to connect to MOCA.
     

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