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TiVo Mini Review Roundup

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:01
Some reviews and press on the TiVo Mini:

Review: Engadget

Review: TechHive

Review: Zatz Not Funny!

"Meta" Review: Gadgetreview

Photos: Cnet

The Americans S1E6 Trust Me OAD 3/6/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:32
Stan is the man. Loved how he set up the Rezident.

Looks like their spy genes have been passed on to Jr. He had good instincts and reacted viciously. (As viciously as a little kid could)

Took me a while to figure out who it was interrogating them. I knew it couldn't be U.S. but I was surprised when Granny walked out of the shadows.

Tivo elite and OTA will it work?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 09:16
I know the premiere has two tuners and it can be used for OTA analog signals. And i know the tivo elite has a digital 4 tuner.

My question is can a TiVo elite use OTA as long as the signal is digital? Or is all OTA analog signal? I know the new rule from the FCC said all TV needs to be digital, but not sure how far it has been accepted by stations across the country.

I live in the NYC area if that helps answer what type of signals are available over OTA for me.

SD menus on Mini?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 09:01
Are SD menus an option on the TiVo Mini?

I have a Premiere XL4, a TiVoHD and a Series3, and use SD menus on the Premiere so they all have a consistent UI (and also because the family is used to the SD menus, and they're faster). I'm thinking of replacing the Series3 with a Mini, to save the $15/mo Comcast Outlet Service Charge I'm paying for the Series3's two cablecards.

Megabytes of data

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:50
How many megabytes of data per month does a TiVo Premiere use?

I realize that applications such as Netflix will use a lot of data but I am interested in how much data the TiVo uses (in both directions) just to provide all the necessary guide service not including things like Netflix.

MSD Discount or P4 XL deal

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:23
Before I call a customer rep., I wanted to ask the group. My old TIVO was a Series2 DT 80hr. I did the one year contract and closed the account. I would like to get a P4 XL TIVO (with two Minis) and all with lifetime service . Is there anyway, I could get a MSD discount or a cheaper price? I noticed the TIVO Stream Bundle works with the regular P4 (minus the Stream and MOCA) but I wanted to try and get the XL. I was hoping TIVO was going to give new customers a Bundle package with the Minis but I guess not.


Lifetime Premieres upgraded to 1TB and 2TB

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 06:36
I have a lifetime'd Premiere that has been upgraded to 1TB of storage with a WD Green drive tuned for DVR use. Includes remote and accessories. $475 +shipping OBO. Can arrange for local delivery in the Denver area. I will include the original drive as a backup if I can find it.

Another unit, same as above, except upgraded with 2TB drive. $550 + shipping OBO

New TiVo wireless adapter available with either unit, $25.

$1000 with free shipping for both.

The 1TB box will record over 150 hours of HD, the 2TB box over 300 hours HD.

The Following 3/11/13 "Welcome Home"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 21:53
Wow! Mike got to the warehouse before Ryan did!! :D

Man, those cult people sure are cartoonish. And I'm not sure what to make of the new FBI boss guy. Clearly he's impeding the investigation by keeping everybody who's made any progress off the trail. So is he a Follower, or are we just supposed to think he's a Follower?

I swear, if this show were any less stupid, it would be bad.

Do I have to have a Tivo annual contract for a new Tivo?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:20
I won a new HD Tivo a couple of years ago and it's still in the box. I've never initiated service for it. I'm thinking of giving it to my sister who is fed up with her Comcast DVR, but who might switch to AT&T Uverse in less than a year.
I know that Uverse is not Tivo friendly.

My question is does she have to agree to a year's contract or can she do a month by month without a contract?

My Tivo Mini Wall Mounted Install

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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.


Cable Card issue after upgrade

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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.


Piers Morgan Live starts 3/11/2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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.



TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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

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

Parks and Rec 3/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 17:44

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.


Is there anyway to give a gift of tivo?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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?

Is Elena turning into the new Ripper? Find out on this week’s Vampire Diaries!

TiVo Blog - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 14:37
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Vikings S1E2 OAD 3/10/13 Wrath of the Northmen

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - 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.


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