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Your Thoughts on TiVo Mini as a Whole House TV solution?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by NoVa, May 9, 2013.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    If that were the case then they would make a unit with OTA only. What's the point of having one that's cable + OTA? I doubt there are many people that actually use both cable and OTA at the same time.
     
  2. innocentfreak

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    I think they worry about push back from the MSOs for offering a OTA device even though they could do it for significantly cheaper since it wouldn't need CableCARD hardware.

    By including it with cable they aren't marketing as a cordcutting device.
     
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Well TiVo Provided (still provides?) Premiere DVRs to the MSOs and they were a combo cable/OTA DVR so I am not certain that is a driver one way or the other.

    What does drive how many models TiVo can afford to produce is volume and in my opinion TiVo doesn't have enough volume to justify to many models and has to use as many common components as possible between the models they do have. When I look at the future I see maybe 3 models:

    1. a standard cable/OTA combo unit - hopefully 4 tuners for each but maybe only 3 each.
    2. a standard cable only model that will also be mirrored to the cable companies. I think this will be a 6 tuner model as the cost to go from 4 to 6 tuners is not likely much and the cable companies are pushing whole home solutions and more tuners supports this.
    3. a XL cable only model again I think this will be a 6 tuner model.
    If someone knows what is available for tuner modules a more educated guess can be made.
     
  4. innocentfreak

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    They did, but I believe most of them switched to the Q when it became available. I don't know if they offer the 2 tuner model since the release of the Q and the Mini. They might though because they have existing inventory. I can't imagine they would be ordering more though.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    What if they made a unit that only had one coax input and could be either OTA or cable, but not both. And the choice was set via software. Then they could provide that same box to MSOs and simply disable OTA via software and the user would be none the wiser.
     
  6. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike New Member

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    The other option is a wireless HDMI unit. I have one that let's me beam the TiVo to another TV. Working on a remote and should have that taken care of this week. For $200 I will have a TiVo mirror in another room (off an HD, not a premiere). That is less than a mini with lifetime on it.

    Will post up once I have a final working solution, but the key question is whether you need a TiVo device to do this or whether there is a different solution. It really comes down to how many simultaneous users need to watch content at the same time.
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Even with the need for only one user I would not want to mirror it. Since I never know when there could be another user that wants to watch something different at any of the locations with a TV.
     
  8. gard1

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    I have not went through this thread for the bitching and complaining... but I'm very satisfied that my Comcast bill is cheaper...have a uniformly system....works great....two minis... one p4.... I upgraded from regular premiere... some major cash...but so far so good.....Comcast rentals begone.
     
  9. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike New Member

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    All of the wrinkles aren't out so far, but it is operational. For some this is an alternative:

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ-Pm6GkZwU&feature=youtu.be[/media]
     

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