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My Tivo Mini Wall Mounted Install

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:19
I purchased 2 Tivo Minis yesterday at my local Best Buy. Just want to share my the experience and install of my first one.

My Existing Setup
  • 1 Tivo Premiere XL4 (Lifetime) Cat5
  • 3 Tivo Premieres upgraded to 500GB (2 Have Lifetime) Cat5
  • Verizon Fios / Ethernet Broadband

Purchased my Premieres a year and a half ago. The XL4 was purchased when the Price Dropped to $399. With the rumors of the Tivo Mini connecting to the XL4, i decided to go month to month on one of the premiers.

I had a TV in the kitchen that was getting channels through Fios Cable clear QAM. Only got a couple channels and it was annoying. This is where the 1st Tivo mini will go.

Setup was easy. Activated with Lifetime online. Installed an hour later. Since I only had COAX run to the Kitchen TV, I enabled my XL4 as a MOCA Bridge.

I enabled live video sharing on the XL4 and set for 2 or more devices. This warned that the 2 will now be reserved and unavailable to the XL4 TV.

Powering up and configuring the Tivo mini was just like a regular tivo only faster. It booted, configured internet through MOCA, Connected to Tivo Service and updated. It asks you to confirm the name of the Tivo and select which Tivo on the network it will get its tuner from. And that was it.

I actually find the GUI faster than on the XL4. I never channel surf and the guide feels faster and more responsive.

I mounted the Tivo Mini under the tv against the wall (it has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom)

The only thing I noticed is that there is a very low squealing electrical noise coming from the top of the mini through the vents. Sounds similar to the sound my Lenovo AC adapter made when it was charging my laptop. Its definitely a power supply related noise. I haven't unpacked the 2nd yet but will check for the noise. It is not noticeable unless I am up close (like 6in away).

If all goes well, the 2nd Tivo Mini will replace my Bedroom Premiere that is going month to month. This will save me that sub and the cable card rental. If this works out, I will prob sell the 2 Premieres with lifetime for another Xl4 and another Mini.

here are some pics. I didnt clean up all the wiring yet.






Mad

Cable Card issue after upgrade

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 19:52
Just upgraded the Hard Drive on Series 3. Everything works fine except there is a cable card issue for just the premium channels. All other channels are working. Comcast can not figure it out. Says it is a Tivo problem (of course). I know they can do something over the phone. They are having trouble with the card numbers. Have to send a technician (will cost me). Any ideas re what I can tell them to do over the phone? The tech will be here and will call up someone who will tell him what to do. Then charge me.

I have given them all the numbers that pop up on the screen. They say none of them work for them.

Thanks.

Piers Morgan Live starts 3/11/2013

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 19:27
Effective Monday, March 11, 2013, CNN has re-named "Piers Morgan Tonight" to "Piers Morgan Live". If you're wondering why TiVo did not record Piers Morgan's show, it's because the title changed. Add a new Season Pass for "Piers Morgan Live" if you like his commentary.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=463578

My Mini's SHIPPED

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:50
My mini's have shipped from Tivo.com.

I ordered this morning around 10am.

Got a UPS tracking number. Scheduled delivery, March 13th, Two-day Ground. Coming from Ft. Worth Texas, going to central Georgia!!!

I will get it from the UPS driver, Wednesday morning.

Now to cancel the two coming from Bestbuy.

Quick shipping by TiVo

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:49
Bought it last night, shipped today.

Parks and Rec 3/14

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:13
This Thursday's episode of Parks and Rec isn't marked as new (but it is new), so if you have a new only season pass it won't automatically record!

Iphone as a hotspot to download programming

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 17:44
Hi,

I've heard I can use my iphone 5 to download programming to my tivo under network settings. Right now, I don't have wifi. My Iphone signal is not appearing under networks and when I try to add it as a network it's not working. How do I do this? I have an older tivo.

thanks!

Is there anyway to give a gift of tivo?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 17:25
Is there anyway to give someone a gift of a tivo with lifetime? It looks like tivo used to have gift cards but discontinued them a few years ago. When you buy a tivo from tivo.com you have to sign up for service and there does not appear to be anyway to give it as a gift?

Vikings S1E2 OAD 3/10/13 Wrath of the Northmen

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 13:59
What a miserable voyage.
I saw an article recently saying someone discovered a real Viking Sunstone.
Where would the Monk who spoke Norse have traveled to to learn it?

TiVo Series 5

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 12:50
I wanted to start a thread about the series 5 for rumors when it might be released, any features people might want, etc.

I was going to purchase 2 Minis and an XL4, but I've decided to wait until the new series comes out. Was hoping for faster processor and 6 tuners.

Girls S2E9 "On All Fours"

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:57
I loved the rendition of Kanye West's Stronger.

The titular moment was certainly memorable. I don't think I have ever seen "mayonnaise" portrayed quite so graphically on HBO.

Q-Tip's legal probably hated this episode. :)

PyTivo With Tivo Mini

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:49
With the new Tivo Mini are we able to see Pytivo shares?

Transfers to Tivo Desktop Failing

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:27
I have a Tivo XL4 with the 4 tuners that as recently replaced under extended warranty, but dont think that is the issue.

I am using Tivo Desktop 2.6.2 as that has always been stable.

Now all my transfers between my Tivo and the Tivo server fail. - Function Failed during execution.

I have cleared cache and made sure the firwall is off. Am using Microsoft Security Essentials on the Tivo server but that hasnt changed either.

Thought it may have been file size but even 30 minute shows wont transfer.

Units are wired and not wireless.

Thoughts?

Thanks

"Apocolypse" type shows and group dynamics. A discussion

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:25
Off the bat got to let people know there could be spoilers for any show that has "apocalypse" feel to it. Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Jericho...et al...

I am intrigued by how groups react to these conditions. In shows like Walking Dead you have no trust between groups and when one groups sees another it is very standoff-ish. Sometimes they join up sometimes they remain adversaries. In shows like Falling Skies whenever they come across "survivors" they immediately are trust worthy unless they give the reason not to be. I wonder if this is due to the cause of the apocalypse being man made (zombies, contagion, nuclear war) or alien invasion. In the alien invasion scenario groups seems to be more willing to join together to fight a common enemy, even though you know at some point you are going to have to compete for resources. Off the bat on survival shows they are already in survival mode. Always worrying if the new group is after food or weapons.

It really gets me curious how characters are written to react. In any circumstance I think I would be trying to join up and create a "safe haven" no matter what. In a scenario like alien invasion sure you are more at "war" then if you are just concerned about infected or zombies. I think the zombie scenario of getting to an island is best option.

The Walking Dead - OAD 03/10/13

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:16
I guess no one else is gonna start a thread so I will.

It was great seeing Rick face-off against the Governor. The next time they meet should be a good one!

The Governor said his name, but I cannot think of it right now. Anyone else catch it?

Loved the zombie-killing contest between Daryl and the guy from the other side. Especially how one of Daryl's arrows went through the zombie girl and into the neck of he zombie guy.

Some good stuff from The Talking Dead:

Spoiler: The girl that plays Maggie is HAWT! And speaks with a British accent even though she is an American.

The guy that plays the Governor is British and fashioned his American accent off of Bill Clinton!

Game of Thrones S3 Anticipation thread (no spoilers please)

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:14
I can't wait and I'm getting excited!

Engadget Review

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 09:36
Engadget has chimed in on their review of the Tivo Mini:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/11/tivo-mini-review/

Swap Wireless-G for MoCA Adapter?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 09:09
:confused:

I don't know if anyone here on the TCF would be interested in such a trade, but I figured I would give it a shot anyway.

I have a brand-new in the box, unused, TiVo Wireless-G adapter which I got as part of a bundle. I did open the package to check the contents before putting it away (common sense), but otherwise it is untouched.

Is there anyone that received one of those Actiontec MoCA adapters with a bundle that they are not using and would like to swap?

It might be a longshot, but maybe there is someone out there that has an unneeded/unused Actiontec MoCA adapter from TiVo that is collecting dust for whatever reason and might want to flip it for something they can use.

shark tank 3.8.13

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 08:25
wow the kids party people needed a new spokesman. Also the heavy editing was really obvious. i think they marketed their idea wrong and the sharks took the sponsorship in the wrong way. of course i do agree if sponsors were really lined up they wouldnt be in the tank. but maybe the producers saw a successfull thing and let them in the show to get their 5% cut. shows you that the show can be 'rigged' a certain way.

i'm shocked about the cowboy, i wonder how much time passed before daymond really said yes. appeared instant on the show

the phone protection thing seemed like a spam email from the get go plus who wants to wait 3 days for a phone. more than 1 person will definitely abuse the system and they will be out of business very soon

bean bag buy got very lucky and he knew it. the other sharks were probably shocked as was i.

TiVo Mini - Official Press Release

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 08:00
TiVo Launches TiVo Mini, Extends Whole-Home Viewing Experience

Big Footprint, Small Price Extends Live, Recorded, Video On Demand and OTT Content Around the House

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/11/13 -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of digital video recorders (DVRs) and a leader in advanced television services, today announced the retail availability of TiVo(R) Mini, an all-purpose companion device that allows TiVo users to access apps and affordably extend the viewing of live TV, recorded and streaming content, as well as on-demand* programming, to rooms throughout their homes without an additional TiVo DVR.

TiVo Mini is not a DVR, but extends the value of a TiVo four-tuner DVR, the TiVo Premiere 4 or the TiVo Premiere XL4, using one of the DVR's tuners to enable the control and access of content on a TV in another room of the house. TiVo Mini features a much smaller footprint than a DVR and users will enjoy the same intuitive and award-winning TiVo user interface. They will be able to control their main TiVo DVR by scheduling recordings and WishList(R) searches, among other activities. Users will even be able to start a show in the living room and finish it on a TiVo Mini in another room.

"The TiVo Mini answers the demand for a simplified whole-home viewing experience and a more cost-effective solution than putting another DVR or cable set-top box in another room," said Jim Denney, GM and VP of Product Marketing for TiVo Inc. "With so many viewing options in a compact form factor, TiVo Mini makes it easier to get more value from your existing home entertainment set up by further enabling you to watch what you want, where you want it."

Measuring six-inches long and just over an inch wide, TiVo Mini's minimalist design streamlines the entertainment center in additional rooms of the home and offers access to integrated apps, including YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Spotify, with more apps planned. In addition to TV, movies, and music, the TiVo Mini will include a gaming component. Users can access and play a variety of games, including Quizzmaster, Black Jack and Wordsmith. Through Google Picasa and Photobucket integrations on the TiVo Mini, users can also
access their photos on TV screens throughout the home.

TiVo Mini Specifications and Requirements:

-- Requires 4-tuner TiVo DVR
-- Compatible TiVo DVR models include:
-- TiVo Premiere 4
-- TiVo Premiere XL4 (previously Premiere Elite)
-- Requires Coax/MoCA or Ethernet broadband connection. (Wireless
networks are not supported)
-- Dimensions: 1.25" x 6.12" x 6.12"
-- Weight: 0.78 lbs
-- Requires that the TiVo Mini be installed and activated on the same
account and network as the main DVR

Pricing and Availability
The TiVo Mini is now available through tivo.com/mini and will be available March 17th, 2013 from authorized retailers for $99.99, with a monthly subscription fee of just $5.99 for a 12-month commitment. Alternatively, users can opt to purchase the TiVo Mini with lifetime service for a one-time cost of $249.98. For more information on TiVo Mini or any of TiVo's products, please
visit www.tivo.com.

* TiVo Mini delivers XFINITY On Demand content to XFINITY customers in select markets. Visit www.tivo.com/xfinity for details.

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