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Tivo Mini with DVD Recorder

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by bs0755, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. bs0755

    bs0755 New Member

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    I just ordered a Roamio Plus, and a Mini. I currently have a Premiere XL4, and two Series 3 units. I have seven TVs, three of which are just connected "basic" non digital cable wall outlets. My plan is to sell the Series 3 Tivos and eventually service all seven TVs with the Premiere and Roamio, and additional Minis. My original intent was to hook up the Roamio to our main TV and the Premiere to a little used TV in the basement family room. There is a DVD recorder connected to this TV, which I use to archive programs.

    My problem is that my wife has gotten used to using two tuners in the bedroom, so that she can watch two shows at the same time. She would not be able to do that with the Mini--only being able to switch between two programs in real time? So, if I connect the Premiere to the bedroom TV, would I be able to connect a DVD player to the Mini via the breakout cable, and use HDMI cable for the family room TV? Do they output simultaneously, as does the full size box?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yep that should work fine. However you might run into an issue with HDCP. If the HDMI connection is HDCP enabled and the show you're watching is protected then TiVo will disable the analog outputs. Although I've heard that inserting a cheap HDMI switch into the chain will eliminate the HDCP and allow both outputs to be active at all times.
     
  3. bs0755

    bs0755 New Member

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    Thanks--I already have a component splitter/amp, so if there is an issue with HDMI, I could just use that?
     
  4. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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    I've never had any issues when only component is connected with copy protected channels. Analog must be only getting disabled when HDMI is also hooked up.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yeah it only happens when HDMI is connected, the TV the HDMI is connected to has established an HDCP link and the show/channel you're watching is protected. The only reason I mentioned it is because it requires such a weird combo it's not always clear why it's happening.
     
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Yes. With HDMI. I've had issues going back to my S3 boxes. I initially used a manual switch to get around it. But I don't use the TV to much any more so as long as I don't mess around with the TV inputs while recording, then it is fine for me.
     

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