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What do I miss with a Tivo Mini

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

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    How can you have a conflict? There are only 6 broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyTV) and everything on cable is repeated over and over. The only time I've seen a conflict on my 4 tuner is when I started padding everything and then turned off clipping.
     
  2. aaronwt

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    No padding, but I do have a bunch of SPs for a couple of channels that show some old TV shows and I have a bunch of SPs for news programs as well.

    I need to push all the recurring news shows down to the bottom of my SP list and I should be fine. Most of what I record I will never watch anyway but I need to make sure the stuff I will definitely watch is higher up on the list. I had gone through it the other day but I must have missed some shows that should have been closer to the bottom of the SP list.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I just put all my network stuff at the top and don't worry about anything else. Everything on cable repeats ad nauseum so I pick it up eventually.
     
  4. martyscholes

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    I agree completely. When my son first saw one, he nailed it: Dad, it's a thin client for a TiVo! Just like a computer thin client moves the keyboard, mouse and monitor away from the device and creates the illusion of the device being local, the Mini does the same thing for a TiVo.

    The truth is, there is no reason anyone should be required to be on-the-console of the main TiVo. The functionality should be so that the main TiVo could be locked in a closet where all users can do everything they need from the Minis.
     
  5. markwill

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    Not sure if someone mentioned this in this thread somewhere but, for the record, I have XFinity On Demand on my Roamio but the Mini connecting to it doesn't show On Demand as an option in any of the menus. That's a bummer.

    Expected?
     
  6. Dan203

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    XFinity requires the use of a tuner. The requests all go out over the internet but the actual video stream comes in via a standard VOD channel. I'm not sure if they've worked out how to do that and stream over the network to a Mini yet.
     
  7. markwill

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    Thanks Dan. Yes, I am aware that VOD ties a channel but after that channel assignment has been determined my (obviously foolish :)) assumption was that it would logically just be like streaming a live channel to the Mini.

    I hope that they can implement this eventually.

    Thanks.

    Mark
     
  8. Dan203

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    I agree it seems like it should work, but maybe it's harder then we think or maybe there is some legal issue with streaming VOD content? Or maybe TiVo just hasn't gotten around to doing it yet. :)
     
  9. Rose4uKY

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    Ok just to double check what I've been reading here.. We just got our Roamio hooked up and were returning our 3 week old Premiere. We have 2 minis. So the Roamio you have 6 tuners and there's no option to set 1 or 2 tuners for the minis right? We had our premiere set to 1. But this Dynamic Tuner Allocation means if no one is watching live TV on the Mini's then like when were not home it can record up to 6 shows correct? And if were home and watching one or two of the mini's with live TV than we can only record 4 or 5 right shows? We hardly ever watch Live TV and if so it would only be one mini anyway not two but were always watching recorded shows.

    Actually we just tested it and turned on Live TV and it showed on the Roamio in use. Were really liking this thing and it's fast. We went from Series 3's to the Premiere 3 weeks ago so didn't have the Premiere long but to us it was great compared to our Series 3's. But now that we have the Roamio it's even better.. 1st Roamio we got didn't work so tomorrow it goes back and our Premiere goes back.. I had to pay for Roamio and won't get refunded for the Premiere for a week or two after they get it I was told.
     
  10. Dan203

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    Yep, that's how it works. And if you're watching Live TV on the Mini and the Roamio needs the tuner it will prompt the Mini user and ask if it's OK to take the tuner back.
     
  11. zundian

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    Couldn't he just start a push from the computer pyTivo is running on? I do that all the time when my wife is watching something in the living room.
     
  12. martyscholes

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    Thanks for the suggestion. We have never interacted with pyTivo directly. What is the interface? How do we do that?
     
  13. tlc

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    http://your_pytivo_machine:9032/
     
  14. martyscholes

    martyscholes New Member

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    Saw that, thanks. Our pyTivo is not currently configured to push (I guess I meant "pull" in my previous post). I am a little concerned about allowing web admin to everyone, so I will need to figure out how to disable web admin.
     
  15. Smirks

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    According to this video you should be able to manage recordings and SPs from the mini:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8JRf5hyRuI
     
  16. aaronwt

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    The only thing i saw in that video was creating a Season Pass. Which is different from managing the Season Passes.

    But with the shortcut from the keypad someone mentioned, managing the SPs is not an issue on the Mini. And hopefully TiVo does not remove those shortcuts.
     
  17. Rose4uKY

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    Thanks! Now if the remote would only work my surround systems volume and mute. There's only 3 Samsung codes and it doesn't work. Never worked on my old Series 3's neither.

     
  18. Dan203

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    I had that problem with an old off brand TV. What I did was a found a book for another universal remote online and found the codes for my brand of TV that brand. I then cross referenced those codes and found other manufacturers in the book that used the same codes. Then on the TiVo I tried all the codes for those other manufacturers. One of them ended up working.
     
  19. Dan203

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    This guys says Xfinity works on his Mini...

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9799726#post9799726

    So maybe you need to call TiVo and have them flip a bit somewhere?
     
  20. Rose4uKY

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    Hmm I'll have to try that cause it would be great if it worked and I could leave my surround sound on all the time. But what about this the P4 that were returning it had a learning remote and the Tivo tech today said I could buy a learning remote on there website for like 30 bucks well all I saw on there website was a 29.99 remote but it didn't mention learning but the P4 Glo Remote said learning remote under the specs but it was 49.99. Will my mini remote work does it have Learning? Maybe the 29.99 one on there website is learning and the specs just don't mention it but the P4 Glo Remote says it in the specs. If my mini remote does learning I'll use it out front with my Roamio also casue I have 2 Roamio remotes so maybe one can work back here with the mini and can swap remotes. My boyfriend thinks the mini remotes are learning also guess I'll find out.

    Also were not getting any suggestions I think I read it takes a day or two for Tivo to pick up on everything.. Our P4 started picking up suggestions right away.. But there are several shows we have 2 thumbs up and no suggestions.

     

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