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TiVo Mini w/o Subscription

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by trlyka, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. trlyka

    trlyka New Member

    May 21, 2003
    I have the XL4 and just got the Mini for my other bedroom (office). I m returning my cable DVR and have an old Series 1 in that room which is being retired. So I got the Mini since I don't need to record in that room.

    I figured I could hook it up and at least access the XL4 TiVo recordings until I get the subscription. I called TiVo support and they said that it won't work unless I pay for the monthly/lifetime service.
    I was wondering if that is the case, or can the Mini be used kind of like a transfer device to view pre recorded shows on the TV it's connected to.

    I plan on getting the lifetime service in a couple of months, but for now, I wanted to see if the Mini would work for viewing recordings only until then.

  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Mini uses MRS protocol to view programs from other TiVos which requires service activation to work, so without service it's useless.
  3. trlyka

    trlyka New Member

    May 21, 2003
    Ah....Ok, I understand. Thanks :up:

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