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TiVo Mini pre-order, review and tips thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by jmpage2, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Mar 9, 2013 #161 of 189
    compnurd

    compnurd New Member

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    And see we are not big streamers. I have a netflix account but it really sucks...

    I agree those who Stream and who are cord cutters.. yes this does nothing..

    But for the same target audience Verizon/Direct TV/Comcast/Cablevision/Dish are going after which is the 1 DVR and clients to watch TV on.. this is it.. spot on and very cost effective compared to most cable whole home solutions
     
  2. Mar 9, 2013 #162 of 189
    Bigg

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    Correct. It is competing against the MSO's box, and against the Ceton Echo on the enthusiast end. The Mini makes a good whole-home DVR system a lot more reasonable, since it cuts out not only having to buy a $650 TiVo for each TV, but also the CableCard, something that up until now has only been possible with MCE and it's terrible interface.
     
  3. Austin Bike

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    There had been rumors of a next gen Apple TV that would be able to run iOS apps (to compete with things like roku). If you can run the TiVo app on the Apple TV, the mini is dead in the water.

    Will be interesting to see what happens. All indications from a hardware perspective are that the next generation will be pretty similar to the current model, so that *could* mean some software enhancements could take center stage. Or not (and apple falls behind).
     
  4. compnurd

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    Why is the Mini Dead in the Water? you are then assuming someone wants a Apple Product... Then you now have a Stream Product and must have a recording on your main unit everytime you want to watch Live TV
     
  5. Bigg

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    I think it would depend on the control lag. Also, while the quality of transcoding the MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 would be fine for a small TV, i.e. kitchen, it would be terrible for a large TV.
     
  6. tbielowicz

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    Just ordered two units from my local Best Buy. They expect them in on Wednesday, March 13th. Could that be the launch day?

    Here is the Best Buy extended warranty information. You have 15 days after receipt to elect to purchase.

    2 yr - $13.99
    4 yr - $19.99

    The 4 yr doesn't seem like a bad deal at all. What do you guys think?
     
  7. Davelnlr_

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    $20 extended warranty on a $99 box? Guess it depends if it would include transferring lifetime service to the replacement or not.
     
  8. Dan203

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    How do you figure? Apple TV = $100, TiVo Stream = $130 so all in you're at $230 which is only $20 cheaper then a Mini. And with a Stream/ATV combo all video is converted to 720p with 2ch AAC audio, only trick play options are IR and 30 second skip, and "live TV" is not really live TV it's a macro that starts a recording and then streams that recording.

    Unless you already have a TiVo Stream for other purposes, or need to buy a new Apple TV for some other reason, the Mini is clearly the superior choice if you're only desire is to watch TiVo shows on another TV.
     
  9. Arcady

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    If Apple decides to allow third-party apps on the AppleTV, and if TiVo rewrites the app to run on it, and if you already have a Stream and an AppleTV, then it would work, but still be a half-baked solution.

    Remember, when Apple adds a platform with a different screen size, you need a new version of the app to use the new platform's native screen size. When they added the iPad, apps needed to be redone to add 1024x768 or they would run with pixel-doubling from the old iPhone/iPod version. For support on an AppleTV, the app would need to be re-written to support 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080i/p) and what incentive does TiVo have to do that, when they want you to buy a Mini in the first place?

    See how many times I wrote "if" above?
     
  10. Austin Bike

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    Yes, I had forgotten that you need to buy a stream as well. But, stream + mini vs stream + Apple TV, you'd probably not consider the mini.
     
  11. compnurd

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    It will probably look like **** blown up on a large screen TV
     
  12. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Member

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    Actually not. The content looks the same on my iPad and my Apple TV. 1080p.
     
  13. Bigg

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    Yeah, content can look very good depending on where it's coming from. TWiT looks great on the big screen. It's like 4mbps 720p, but then again they're just sitting there talking.
     
  14. jfh3

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  15. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Did you actually click through and try to buy one?
    I got to the point of entering a payment method, but since I don't really need one, I didn't go any further.
     
  16. Bwatford141

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    It was down for maintenance about 20 minutes ago, but its up and running now.
     
  17. DavidAsher

    DavidAsher New Member

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    Yep. Just ordered two. Shows up in order history.
     
  18. JAaronT

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    Moi aussi.
     

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