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TiVo Mini Unboxing

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

  1. jano18

    jano18 New Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    That is slightly disappointing news, but kind of expected. I guess a work around would be surfing the guide. I don't see it as a big issue for me as I will mostly watch one news channel live, stream recordings from my XL4 & occasionally surf.
  2. dhoward

    dhoward Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    How fast is the response to pause, FF, play, etc? The slingbox was slow for those features also. Is the Mini faster then the channel surfing mode?
  3. jwagner010

    jwagner010 New Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    It has widely been reported that the Bluetooth remote has been discontinued and I cannot see them for sale on the Tivo site anymore. Do we know if a future Bluetooth remote is coming? IMO that has been one of the best things about the Tivo and differentiates it.
  4. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    I have five Slide remotes. Three in use and two, new in the box, as backups. I paid anywhere from $38 to $58 a piece for them.

    In my household, they are great. They are tricky to get right sometimes, but until something new comes out........
    The only thing, that I have seen from Tivo, is the survey asking about the lost remote making sounds etc. I can't remember the other info on it.

    Also, I tried to get my "Big Box Store" to sell me a Mini. He just looked at me and said "We don't have it for sale, just yet". I don't know if it was in the back or not, but he sure wasn't giving out any other info.
  5. BlackBetty

    BlackBetty I

    Nov 5, 2004
    My days of channel surfing ended about 10 years ago when I bought my first tivo. And I was a chronic surfer. Constantly flipping through the stations.
  6. dhoward

    dhoward Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    CMONROE, can you verify the response time for the normal Tivo functions such as FF, REW, Pause, etc? I used to use a Slingbox/Slingcatcher combo and the response time was 3-5 seconds. After awhile that got to be disconcerting so I removed them. I was hoping the Mini would be faster but you mentioned that channel surfing is slow and according to the video it looked like the slingbox response. I want to be able to use the Mini not just to watch recorded shows but also live TV. If its response is 3-5 seconds for all functions then I guess I will save my $250.
  7. bluebsh

    bluebsh New Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    oh heck the days of switching channels fast ended when we went to MPEG-2... back when digital first came out changing the channel there was usually a 2+ second delay then the first frame came in as a block pattern and filled out after they keyframe drew... today still on comcast with better hardware there is still a delay of at least a second, not like analog where it was flip flip flip flip... now its flip 1 sec flip 1 sec....
  8. Loach

    Loach New Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Omaha, NE
    Agreed - I tend to surf the guide anyway rather than the channels. That is, unless I'm on one of my TVs that isn't hooked up to a box and therefore has no guide and only has analog cable channels and the local digital channels in clear QAM.
  9. compnurd

    compnurd New Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    +2. I dont channel surf because my cable company as a assbackwards channel line up. Always check the guide to see what we want to watch. Big reason I love the HDUI because compared to Verizon/Dish/Direct TV/everyone else they have one of largest amounts of data they show.
  10. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    I realize that without a hard drive this unit isn't going to be able to play from pytivo shares directly... No chance that selecting a video from the share would initiate a transfer to the parent TiVo???

    Yeah - the question made me chuckle too. :rolleyes:
  11. moyekj

    moyekj Active Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    You may be able to run VidMgr on the Mini to initiate pushes to other TiVos in the house (assuming VidMgr lets you pick a destination TiVo other than what it is running on which I'm not sure of since I've never used it).
    Streambaby for sure has a way to select a destination TiVo to push a video to so presumably should work as well.
  12. tomm1079

    tomm1079 New Member

    May 10, 2005
    Does streambaby work?
  13. moyekj

    moyekj Active Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    For "streaming" videos to a Mini, no. Put should be able to use it to select videos to push to another TiVo in the house as I mentioned above.
    cmonroe could confirm one way or the other if he's willing to try it.
  14. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Does anyone channel surf on TiVo anymore? That's what my technology challenged dad does. Guide surfing is what people if any surfing at all, but at this point, with native output requiring resolution changes about half the time anyways, there is a lot of channel changing lag, and it's for the better.
  15. cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I posted this in the comments on ZNF, but regarding channel changes and overall speed:

    "I posted the review at TiVo Community and what Chucky is saying is my best guess. You figure changing channels on the Premiere directly which has a cable card, and my market just upgraded to SDV ~3 week ago so one of the gigantic Cisco TAs, takes about 2 seconds anyway. The extra second to setup the streaming session if you figure an average of 3 seconds per channel change is nothing. I’d actually have to say that browsing the “Now Playing” list and starting a recorded show on the Mini is faster, even over a network connection, than it is directly on the Premiere. If they add Netfllix support to the Mini and fix tuner allocation I’d almost consider hiding the premiere in a closet somewhere and using the Mini as a thin client for all TVs just due to its responsiveness. I rarely watch live TV so a faster UI + better user experience is a plus in my mind."

    @moyekj: Sorry, I didn't follow your comment regarding Tivo-1 and TiVo-2 at first. I've never used those shortcuts but you learn something new ever day. I thought you were referring to TiVo-1 as my primary Premiere and 2 as my secondary. In that case someone had asked if I could stream shows from another premiere in my house, not the one the Mini is bound to. For me at least the second TiVo shows up but I can't see the shows. I was having networking issues last night and will re-try today so my initial comments may be wrong.

    @dhoward and others: While channel changes might be slow, like I mentioned above browsing the NPL and starting a recorded show is actually faster which I love. I'll post a comparison video shortly.
  16. cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Surfing the guide is much faster in the Mini than on the regular Premiere so I'd rate the overall experience better on the Mini.
  17. cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    BTW I'll have hardware pics up shortly as well, stay tuned.
  18. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Would love to see a confirmation of the BCM7418 but I fear it might be under a glued-on heat sink like the Broadcom SoC in the Elite/XL4.
  19. Davelnlr_

    Davelnlr_ New Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Must have been pulled. No longer showing up on the website.
  20. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Active Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Can you pause live TV from the Mini?

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