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TiVo Mini and Digital Copy Protection

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by TivoRocks193, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. TivoRocks193

    TivoRocks193 Member

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    I have two TiVos and I know many channels, HBO for example, disable multi-room viewing using digital copy protection codes. For example, a movie I record on one TiVo cannot be copied and watched in another room by a different TiVo.

    Does the TiVo Mini have similar limitations? If I record a channel on the base TiVo for a show that uses copy protection, can it be streamed to the room with the TiVo Mini?

    Thinking of buying TiVo Mini but wasn't sure if the multi-room viewing would actually work since so many channels turn on copy protection now.
     
  2. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

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    The mini uses MRS (Mult-Room Streaming) vs. MRV. Since MRS doesn't "copy" the content like MRV does it is not impacted by copy protection. You can also do MRS Premiere to Premiere. The Series 3/THD and earlier do not support MRS.
     
  3. TivoRocks193

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    Thanks, that's what I wanted to confirm. I only have TiVo HD and Series 3 now, so MRV is the only feature I've ever used. Glad to see MRS doesn't have similar limitations.
     
  4. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Active Member

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    Yeah, the Mini follows the same copy protection rules.

    The Mini has no usable storage on it, so nothing can be copied to it anyway. It's strictly a streaming device. The Mini and Premieres can all stream from each other fine though.
     
  5. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

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    You may already know this but just in case - the Mini only works with Premeire DVRs.
     
  6. TivoRocks193

    TivoRocks193 Member

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    Actually that is incorrect. It only works with TiVo Premiere 4 and Premiere XL4. It does not work with TiVo Premiere nor Premiere XL.
     
  7. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

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    It's not incorrect, just not as correct as it could have been ;)

    What I meant was, it doesn't work with the Series 3 or THD. (Or 2 tuner Premieres as you've noted)
     
  8. TivoRocks193

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    Actually no, it is incorrect. There is TiVo model called "TiVo Premiere" and TiVo Mini does not work with this unit. ;)

    Just making sure anyone reading this who owns a TiVo Premiere or XL doesn't mistakenly think they can use the TiVo Mini.
     
  9. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Actually while the Mini requires a 4 tuner Premiere for setup and tuner sharing (if you want live TV), the Mini can stream shows from any dual tuner Premieres a person has once they are setup and working.
     
  10. TivoRocks193

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    Just going by what is says on the TiVo website "The TiVo Mini requires the use of a dedicated tuner on your 4-tuner DVR to stream live TV. Mini does not work with TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL."
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The Mini requires a 4 tuner host, but it can stream from any Premiere on your network. So if you have both a 4 tuner and a 2 tuner then the Mini will be paired to the 4 tuner and will reflect it's My Shows, but if you scroll to the bottom and pick the 2 tuner unit you can then stream shows from that TiVo as well.
     
  12. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I can confirm that the above is true !!
     

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