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What do I miss with a Tivo Mini

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by markwill, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. bob61

    bob61 Member

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    You are supposed to get your first outlet free (either their equipment or cablecard). If you can't get one outlet then you can't be using their service. For my set-up I have their box (since it was free - it didn't make sense to drop another $700 in Tivo equipment and lifetime sub). But the Mini now changes that and with dynamic tuner allocation in the Roamie that really changes the game cost wise so I can now just go with single Tivo box and return my Comcast equipment all together :) Or that's my plan. Ordered my Roamie and 3 Mini's from Amazon, should be here this week. Saw this post and wanted to confirm I really don't miss much by going to Mini's throughout my place.
     
  2. martyscholes

    martyscholes New Member

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    I can say that neither pyTivo nor Streambaby work on the Mini, which is rather disappointing. When my son wants to watch a show stored on our media server, he has to get up, go into the living room, ask if he can interrupt what is on the main TV, go to pyTivo and start the push. Then he goes back to his room and starts watching.

    It would be so much nicer if he could start a push from the Mini.
     
  3. cncb

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    But to be clear you can watch videos from the Mini once they have been pushed to the main Tivo, right?
     
  4. TC25D

    TC25D New Member

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    Yes.

    What is it that people don't understand about the Mini not having storage?:confused:
     
  5. ShoutingMan

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    Oh, that's an unexpected fly in the ointment. I buy Dr. Who episodes from Amazon and watch on my TiVo HD in the bedroom. That TiVo HD is now disconnected and a mini is configurating as I type. Bummer if I can't watch dr who anymore.
     
  6. cncb

    cncb New Member

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    I'm not sure why you think I don't understand that the Mini doesn't have storage. I just wanted to make sure that the Mini can play everything that is on the main Tivo especially videos that weren't recordings.
     
  7. TC25D

    TC25D New Member

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    I was not referring to you.
     
  8. martyscholes

    martyscholes New Member

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    That's a good question. As noted above, yes. So far, we have found that anything in "My shows" is viewable on the Mini, regardless of how it got there.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The one exception being shows downloaded from Amazon. Also I think there may be a problem with podcasts, but that might have gotten fixed. Can't remember for sure on that one.
     
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    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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  11. Big Boy Laroux

    Big Boy Laroux New Member

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    I'm using a mini right now, hooked to a roamio pro.

    I can see the to-do list (and cancel recordings). You have to hit 2 on the remote when on the main TiVo screen.

    I can also view/edit priority/set up/cancel season passes. You have to hit 1 on the remote when on the main TiVo screen.

    Not sure why they aren't in the menu, but they work great from the shortcuts.

    No wishlists, though. You're right about that (unless I'm missing something)
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Hehe, someone must have removed then menu items but forgot to disable the shortcuts. Good find. :up:
     
  13. MScottC

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  14. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Shhhhhhhh, TiVoMargret's hangin' around these parts! ;)
     
  15. Big Boy Laroux

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    So they used to be in the menu items? (This is my first mini)

    Seems like no brainer functionality and it better not be removed completely. You should be able to control recordings from your minis.
     
  16. NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

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    Well at least you get the first one free. I have 2 cable cards now but after I move to Roamio and a Mini I will still have to pay Verizon $5 a month for a cable card. Just wish I could just buy one from them.
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    They've never officially been in the menus. When the Mini was first released there was sort of a screw up and some BestBuys sold them early. At the time there was no way to actually buy service to a Mini so a couple of guys set them up as if they were TiVos instead. During this period those guys had the To Do List and SPM on their menus. As soon as the official release happened and those guys' service got switched over to a real Mini service plan the menu item went away. So apparently it's some setting at the TiVo head end that's turning them off. I'm pretty sure back then people tried the shortcuts and they didn't work, so this may be a "bug" in the new software they released to coincide with the Roamio launch.
     
  18. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    The mini is an extension of the TiVo its connected to. It should use the storage on that TiVo. Really there is no reason the mini cannot do everything a real TiVo can. It should. The fact that the mini's feature set is incomplete is why I will continue to use a Premiere on remote sets rather than bothering with a mini for a small savings.
     
  19. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I never knew about those shortcuts. Those will come in handy.

    Thanks Big Boy Laroux!

    EDIT: Crap!! I just used the shortcut and checked the To Do List from this Mini. I already have a conflict coming up Tuesday night on my Roamio Pro and the new TV season hasn't even started yet. I guess I need to go through my season passes again and trim some more of the fat.
     
  20. Big Boy Laroux

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    6 tuners and already a conflict? bummer!!

    No problem on the shortcuts. those have been around a while, i use them religiously so just used them by nature on the mini. I didn't even notice the menu options weren't there until i saw this thread!
     

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