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TiVo Mini Unboxing

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

  1. Mar 9, 2013 #81 of 226
    cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

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    Instantly. Same goes for pressing play on paused content. It feels more responsive than using the premiere itself directly.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2013 #82 of 226
    Kevin249

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    I'd be interested in this strictly for streaming Recorded content from other Tivos I own, and not necessarily for the tuner features. I own 2 TiVo premieres dual tuners and a HD. Any idea if the streaming of recorded content still work even if I don't have a quad tuner to link it to?
     
  3. Mar 9, 2013 #83 of 226
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Controls are instant. This is not like a slingbox where it is mirroring what is on the remote TiVo. The digital data is actually being streamed to the remote TiVo/Mini so it has full control over it without needing to send any signal to the host. I can't comment directly on the Mini but I have multiple Premieres and use MRS all the time. The only place you really notice that you're not using the local TiVo is during FF/RW. The video is a bit choppier then when playing a local recording so it can be a little but more difficult to land exactly where you want after skipping e commercials. However if you get use to it. Plus if you use 30 second scan instead you notice no difference at all. The rest of the trick play features are indistinguishable from playing the same recording on the host TiVo m
     
  4. Mar 9, 2013 #84 of 226
    davezatz

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    In the DC metro region there are 12 Minis in the Maryland warehouse which can be purchased in-store now for in-store or home delivery. I'm not super literate with Best Buy's inventory system but, from what the clerk showed me, it also looks like more units could be on order or enroute.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2013 #85 of 226
    cmonroe

    cmonroe New Member

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    I checked the 2nd (2-tuner) premiere I have and the "Allow Live TV on Other Devices" menu is missing so I suspect that's why it doesn't work. I'm not sure if this will ever be allowed by TiVo, or if it's maybe one of the bugs they are holding up release for. I've been following the mini pretty closesly but not that closely. I thought I remember reading at one point that initial pairing had to be with a 4-tuner, but you could pair with a 2-tuner afterwards. Maybe I mis-read it or it was another rumor. Either way you can stream content off of the 2-tuner so that's the important part.

    Another note: my pyTivo shares are X'd out on the Mini. I suspect I need to setup streambaby or something similar since the mini needs to stream, not copy. If anyone has a pointer on how to set this up on a Mac I'd be happy to test it.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2013 #86 of 226
    Dan203

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    No. It has to be paired to a 4 tuner unit to even get through setup. Although you may want to do the math. It may work out to replace two of your other units with a 4 tuner box and a Mini depending on how much you pay for CableCARDs and outlet fees.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2013 #87 of 226
    aaronwt

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    I hope so. 12 units for the twenty or more stores in the DC area seems like a small amount. They would sell out very quickly.

    I just need to decide if I'm going to make a trip to BestBuy tonight. I typically don't like going there on weekends unless it's early, like AM. Otherwise it's too crowded.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2013 #88 of 226
    Kevin249

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to do the math then and see if the a new quad makes more sense. Too bad you cant just stream recorded content if you don't want the live tv. Also I just called several stores in my area and they told me several nearby stores have it in stock.
     
  9. Mar 9, 2013 #89 of 226
    Dan203

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    Having a 4 tuner unit that can consolidate all your Season Passes into a single box has value in and of itself. Honestly the only reason I still have two TiVos is because my stupid cable company still has some analog only channels and I have to keep a 2 tuner Premiere to record those. When they finally switch to all digital I'm dumping the Premiere and getting a Mini to replace it instead.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2013 #90 of 226
    overFEDEXed

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    I was going to order two more Mini's today (for a relative), after I made my first order. The store said that it was showing "not available" now. Store is Non-Magnolia.

    Also, I tried to get the first order shipped to my house, even offering to pay for expedited shipping. The Store employee said that wasn't an option.

    At least I THINK that I got my order in. I do have an order number, but it could be canceled, I guess. $213.96 is pending on my Discover card.

    Also, I don't know if it matters, but the warehouse is 45 minutes from my house.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2013 #91 of 226
    Davelnlr_

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    I called my local store with the SKU, and he said they had a "bunch" of them at the warehouse, but none of the area stores were slated to carry any...Guess Tivo doesnt have many customers in Arkansas. Guess I wait for the website. Just paired up a third used TivoHD for the guest room with a cablecard from Comcast. At first they told me it would be a $8.95 outlet fee plus $2.95 for the cablecard, but when I got it, she said there was no outlet fee here...so might not need the Mini after all, depends on my actual bill next month :)
     
  12. Mar 9, 2013 #92 of 226
    rsnaider

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    My TV does not have HDMI, does the dongle come in the package or do you need to purchase it separately?
     
  13. Mar 9, 2013 #93 of 226
    jmpage2

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    Can the LEDs be turned off or do they only shut off when the unit is powered off?
     
  14. Mar 9, 2013 #94 of 226
    grey ghost

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    My question is "How far behind the new Mini will the announcement of a new(higher performing) 4 or 6 tuner Tivo be??" Will it coincide with the end of the Premiere 4/Stream bundle special(Mar. 11) or is this just wishful thinking on my part"
     
  15. Mar 9, 2013 #95 of 226
    moyekj

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    I doubt you will be able to stream directly to the Mini since streambaby is not real streaming, however as I mentioned earlier you should be able to use streambaby to push videos to other TiVos and then you can use MRS from the Mini to play the videos while they push - at least in theory. Installation is pretty simple:
    1. Download streambaby-20111203-2132.zip
    2. Unzip it to a new folder somewhere.
    3. Edit streambaby.ini file to look something like below (change dir.1 setting to be a valid path to your videos, and for pushes to work you have to provide your tivo.com username and password):
    (If ffmpeg is already in your path then you are set. Otherwise you can also add ffmpeg.path=/full/path/to/ffmpeg)
    Code:
    dir.1=/path/to/where/your/videos/are/here
    title=streambaby
    autogenerate.continue=false
    use.title=false
    sort.filename=true
    mp4module.interleave=false
    
    #pushes
    tivo.username=xxxx
    tivo.password=xxxx
    
    4. Start streambaby by executing the "streambaby" script.
    5. On Mini from TiVo Central choose "Showcases & Apps" and then find streambaby and click on it.
    6. Find a video file and press select. I doubt the "Play" option will work on a Mini but you can try it. For push scroll down to "Push video" and use the left/right arrows to select a TiVo you want to push to, then press select.
     
  16. Mar 9, 2013 #96 of 226
    Bigg

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    Yeah, I'm wondering this as well, as it seems like they would be a logical pair to re-launch the whole TiVo system, probably with a 6-tuner Premiere with updated silicon.
     
  17. Mar 9, 2013 #97 of 226
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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  18. Mar 9, 2013 #98 of 226
    Bwatford141

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    I was able to activate mine without any issues. After entering the TSN it was recognized as a Mini and I was given the choice of $5.95 monthly or $149.99 lifetime.
     
  19. Mar 9, 2013 #99 of 226
    aaronwt

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    Well at least that is straightened out now. So it sounds like everything should be ready for the official launch. When ever that is.
     
  20. Mar 9, 2013 #100 of 226
    BigJimOutlaw

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    There's no intel suggesting a new box is imminent. But we have intel on a 6-tuner box likely in the fall. We don't know if it's higher performing or not, we just know about the # of tuners. (Though common sense suggests it should have a stronger cpu.)
     

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