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Tivo Mini Support

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by bluebsh, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Makes it even easier when TiVo keeps adding tuners. Replace two 2 tuner units with one 4 tuner unit and you'll likely walk away ahead if both had lifetime.

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  2. Arcady

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    I actually did just that. For a year we had two TiVo HD boxes in the living room. Now there's just one Elite. The extra box went away, along with the cablecard fee. I only have one monthly box left, which is a 45 hour Premiere on a legacy $6.95 plan. That box might go away if the mini ever comes out.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    How did you get a Premiere on a $6.95 plan? I thought Premiere units weren't allowed to be attached to grandfathered $6.95 plans?

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  4. Arcady

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    It can be done. I sent you a PM.
     
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I got my $6.95 a month Premiere at launch. When the Premiere launched you could get a deal on a Premiere for each S3/TiVoHD box you had. If your S3 box was on monthly, you could transfer that $6.95 plan over to the Premiere and I think the S3 box got one year of service. I only have on e$6.95 a month box now. And I did what you mentioned earlier and sold two, two tuner, Lifetime Premieres to cover the cost of each of my Elites. I'm hoping if/when a six tuner box comes out I'll be able to sell my Elites to cover the six tuner box. At least as long as it has at least a 3TB hard drive.
     
  6. mahohmei

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    "You can stream recordings from any 2-tuner Premiere series box, but you will be unable to set up your TiVo Mini without a 4-tuner TiVo DVR."

    I've seen similar planning. My wife got a TiVo Series2 in 2005 (before we were married), and she was already a cell-phone-only household. Despite having a USB-Ethernet dongle, she still had to hunt down someone with a POTS phone line and set it up from their home.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Not quite the same thing. The Mini requires a 4 tuner TiVo on your network to act as it's host. Once it's setup the UI on the Mini is basically a reflection of that 4 tuner host, including the list of other TiVos on your network at the bottom with the ability to select them at play a recording from them. I don't think you'll be able to take a Mini to your friends and set it up with his 4 tuner Premiere and then bring it home and use it with your 2 tuner unit. If the host is suddenly missing it'll like cease to function completely.
     
  8. DaveDFW

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    I assume the Mini will operate like other Tivo devices and will be bound to the MAK on your account. If you want to move the Mini to another network with a different MAK, the Mini would have to be transferred to that other account.
     
  9. Dan203

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    Good point. So setting it up at a friend's house is not a viable option at all.

    So let's just assume that the Mini will only work if you have a 4 tuner TiVo on your account. If you don't then you're SOL.
     
  10. takeagabu

    takeagabu New Member

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    But can you get a XL4 from your friend transfer to your account, set it up, and then transfer it back?
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Probably not. The Mini would likely cease working once the XL4 dropped off the network. It's basically a reflection of the 4 tuner boxes UI. If the 4 tuner box is gone it wont have a My Shows list, and as such no way to pick the 2 tuner unit to play shows from.
     
  12. Davisadm

    Davisadm TiVo is awesome!!!!!

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    Yes, that is correct. You have to activate the Mini on your account, and it will be assigned the same MAK as your other TiVo products on the same account. And it has to be on the same LAN.
     
  13. takeagabu

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    In theory, that is how it should work, but I never give tivo that much credit. I can't wait to see someone try it.
     

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