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Tivo Mini 2-tuner loophole? Post info here

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by mr_smits, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    It's been reported that you can buy a 4 tuner Tivo, connect a Mini to it, then disconnect the 4 tuner Tivo to gain the capability of using the Mini in a household of 2 tuner Premieres. I'm soon to be OTA only, and I have two 2-tuner Premieres and an TivoHD lifetimed. Using the Mini for streaming from 2 tuner boxes is of interest to me.

    1. Have you tried it?
    2. If you did, how long have you had the 4 tuner Tivo disconnected?
    3. Besides not being able to hijack a tuner to watch live tv, have you noticed any issues?
     
  2. teklock

    teklock New Member

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    omg, not another lets see how we can **** Tivo/BB until they change their 2 tuner policy thread.
     
  3. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    If you can't be helpful, don't post.
     
  4. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    The problem is that just disconnection the 4 tuner TiVo from your network may not show what you want, you would have to remove the 4 tuner TiVo from your TiVo account before one would know if this so called loophole worked.
     
  5. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    I agree with Less - I also want to add another thought.

    For this to work, we would have to assume that their is no parent child relationship between the DVR and the Mini.

    I suspect that the TiVo paired with the Mini also provides some level of control / information sharing with the Mini. Disconnecting the paired TiVo might work for a specific period of time, but eventually the Mini is going to want to poll the parent for some type of information.

    This is when you would start to see error messages.
     
  6. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    This is THE big question. Does anyone know? Would official Tivo folks be willing to state definitively that this will only work for X amount of time?
     
  7. NotNowChief

    NotNowChief Addicted to TiVo

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    This is the song that never ends.
    It just goes on and on my friends.
    Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
    And they'll continue singing it forever just because . . .

    This is the song that never ends.
    It just goes on and on my friends.
    Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
    And they'll continue singing it forever just because . . .

    This is the song that never ends.
    It just goes on and on my friends.
    Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
    And they'll continue singing it forever just because . . .
     
  8. overFEDEXed

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    I know that when I disconnect my four tuner, I get the nag screen, EACH time that I access my two tuner, with my Mini. It's not that big of a deal for me, but....maybe others.

    I posted the screens, in another thread. Also, I had my boxes "phone home" and I could still access the two tuner.

    I have had my four tuner for some time, so it has been attached to my account for a while, if that matters.
     
  9. steve614

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  10. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    If somebody wants to invest in this non supported TiVo Mini use, the so call called loophole, be my guest and report back, but continuing speculation will get us nowhere.
     
  11. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    See this post I made earlier.................

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9582557#post9582557
     
  12. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    The nag screens don't bother me, and the guide data, while interesting, isn't needed for my scenario. I understand that the Mini cannot use live tv on a 2 tuner box. I'm just looking for a box to stream recorded content from my 2 tuner Premiere boxes.
     
  13. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    While I agree that Tivo not allowing the 2 tuner Premiere is complete BS.... I don't see the reason to do something that is not supported... even if it did work you have the potential to throw $250 out the door eventually. That's not something that I'm interested in.
     
  14. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    I have a need for a Mini in a room that I don't require live TV. Streaming from 2 tuner boxes is enough for me.


    If I have a lifetimed Mini, I can always sell it if it stops working as a 2 tuner box extender. The value doesn't go to zero if Tivo closes the loophole.
     
  15. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Yep but it's not $250 either.
     
  16. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    You're right. It's probably at least $260 since it is a new product.
     
  17. Saxion

    Saxion Substantive Member

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    This is a very interesting thread, thanks for starting it. There is a lot of interest in only streaming prerecorded shows from a 2-tuner Premiere.
     
  18. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    This is really a temporary solution for me until Tivo releases their next >2 tuner box that supports OTA and hopefully streaming to tablets.
     
  19. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    doubtful. unless you are meaning that it will cost you more than $250 for it to begin with.
     
  20. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

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    Probably worth at least $270 (paid $250).
     

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