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TiVo Mini Unboxing

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by cmonroe, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Mar 8, 2013 #1 of 226
    cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

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    To protect the identity of the "big box" store that couldn't resist selling me one of these I won't mention names but I'm sure you can guess :)

    On a fluke I called to see if they had any in stock. At first they said they didn't even have that product in their system, but put me on hold to check the back. They came back stating they did have some and I asked for one to be held for me to pickup as they are "very hard to find right now", and they did so without question.

    When I arrived at the store it was there waiting. Even with no SKU in the system it rung up without issue and I was out the door 2 minutes later. I picked this up literally 20 minutes ago and haven't even activated it yet. Here are some unboxing pictures. It should be running shortly, if you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll to my best to respond!
     

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  2. Mar 8, 2013 #2 of 226
    cmonroe

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    Open Box, accessories, and back of unit.
     

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  3. Mar 8, 2013 #3 of 226
    cmonroe

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    Size comparison to my TiVo Premiere.
     

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  4. Mar 8, 2013 #4 of 226
    daveak

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    I look forward to hearing more about this unit, especially if you can get it to stream shows from a 2 tuner unit (I think you could but no live TV).
     
  5. Mar 8, 2013 #5 of 226
    magnus

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    Interesting. Hope to see that it has Netflix and Amazon streaming. That would be cool but my guess is that it does not.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2013 #6 of 226
    magnus

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    I sure would hope so. It wouldn't make any sense for them to not let you do that but stranger things have happened. So we'll see.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2013 #7 of 226
    jwagner010

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    I see it has a USB port. Does the Bluetooth remote work with the unit?
     
  8. Mar 8, 2013 #8 of 226
    magnus

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    I wondered if it would play media from a USB drive or not when I saw the picture.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2013 #9 of 226
    Dan203

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    I wonder if TiVo will actually allow you to register it? If it's not officially for sale yet the CSRs may not even have a way to add it to your account or sell you service on it.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2013 #10 of 226
    cmonroe

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    I'm about to find out. According to the instructions at's all online and looks very simple.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2013 #11 of 226
    cmonroe

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    Ok, at the "Loading Info" screen now. Moca setup was a breeze. I did the online activation and unfortunately it tried to activate like a normal TiVo (e.g. $12.95/mo or $499/lifetime). I just did the monthly option and figured I'd convert/call TiVo once it goes live.

    @daveak: I'm also powering up my old 2-tuner (in the photo) and will let you know if you can stream shows.

    @magnus: I'll post back shortly with info on this Amazon, Netflix, and USB streaming. If not for that I don't know what USB would be for as you can't use a wireless adapter and there's no need for a SDV adapter.

    @jwagner010: The only bluetooth remote is the slide, correct? If so I don't have one of those. I do have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards, can you pair with those or is there some other device I can test with?
     
  12. Mar 8, 2013 #12 of 226
    BigJimOutlaw

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    Thanks for today's dose of nerd porn. :)

    The verbiage on the box (or lack thereof) is really quite telling...

    - "Compatible with any Tivo DVR with four or more tuners." :D

    - No Netflix mentioned on the box, while Hulu is. That's not an accidental "it's coming any second now, sorry for the delay." That's some kind of business issue they've known about for a time.

    - They're really adamant about the 4-tuner thing. Sure they want to be crystal clear on the compatibility, but I'm really starting to wonder if they're going to bother with full 2-tuner support even after DTA. They're hammering it in so strongly, and it's tough to put that toothpaste back in the tube. Plus, if they intended to update the box in the relative short term to make that change, why drop the "4 or more tuners" hint now. It seems so... permanent.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2013 #13 of 226
    Dan203

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    I thought activation might be a problem. Hopefully it's something they can easily fix once they get everything going on their end.

    The USB port is for the Slide remote. The Slide remote comes with a little USB BlueTooth dongle it needs to function. It's highly unlikely the USB port supports any sort of USB storage for local video playback.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2013 #14 of 226
    magnus

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    Seems like a waste of a USB port then.
     
  15. Mar 8, 2013 #15 of 226
    Dan203

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    I know the Slide was discontinued recently, but this thing was designed a year or two ago. Plus the Slide is likely to be replaced by an updated version eventually so it may not be as wasteful as it seems. And you never really know what else they might think up that could use a USB port.
     
  16. Mar 8, 2013 #16 of 226
    teklock

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    Can you tell us the sku number that's on the receipt? There has to be something there. Thanks much!
     
  17. Mar 8, 2013 #17 of 226
    magnus

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    I guess that was really the point. It would be wasteful if that's all they planned to do with it.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2013 #18 of 226
    davezatz

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    I guess that could be one reason the launch was delayed?
     
  19. Mar 8, 2013 #19 of 226
    teklock

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    Wasn't it reported the usb port was for an IR sensor cable?
     
  20. Mar 8, 2013 #20 of 226
    SullyND

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    Isn't the USB port reportedly for the add on IR reciever?
     

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