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Old 03-08-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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TiVo Mini Unboxing

To protect the identity of the "big box" store that couldn't resist selling me one of these I won't mention names but I'm sure you can guess

On a fluke I called to see if they had any in stock. At first they said they didn't even have that product in their system, but put me on hold to check the back. They came back stating they did have some and I asked for one to be held for me to pickup as they are "very hard to find right now", and they did so without question.

When I arrived at the store it was there waiting. Even with no SKU in the system it rung up without issue and I was out the door 2 minutes later. I picked this up literally 20 minutes ago and haven't even activated it yet. Here are some unboxing pictures. It should be running shortly, if you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll to my best to respond!
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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Open Box, accessories, and back of unit.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Size comparison to my TiVo Premiere.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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I look forward to hearing more about this unit, especially if you can get it to stream shows from a 2 tuner unit (I think you could but no live TV).
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Interesting. Hope to see that it has Netflix and Amazon streaming. That would be cool but my guess is that it does not.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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I look forward to hearing more about this unit, especially if you can get it to stream shows from a 2 tuner unit (I think you could but no live TV).
I sure would hope so. It wouldn't make any sense for them to not let you do that but stranger things have happened. So we'll see.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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I see it has a USB port. Does the Bluetooth remote work with the unit?
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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I see it has a USB port. Does the Bluetooth remote work with the unit?
I wondered if it would play media from a USB drive or not when I saw the picture.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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I wonder if TiVo will actually allow you to register it? If it's not officially for sale yet the CSRs may not even have a way to add it to your account or sell you service on it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #10
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I wonder if TiVo will actually allow you to register it? If it's not officially for sale yet the CSRs may not even have a way to add it to your account or sell you service on it.
I'm about to find out. According to the instructions at's all online and looks very simple.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:02 PM   #11
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Ok, at the "Loading Info" screen now. Moca setup was a breeze. I did the online activation and unfortunately it tried to activate like a normal TiVo (e.g. $12.95/mo or $499/lifetime). I just did the monthly option and figured I'd convert/call TiVo once it goes live.

@daveak: I'm also powering up my old 2-tuner (in the photo) and will let you know if you can stream shows.

@magnus: I'll post back shortly with info on this Amazon, Netflix, and USB streaming. If not for that I don't know what USB would be for as you can't use a wireless adapter and there's no need for a SDV adapter.

@jwagner010: The only bluetooth remote is the slide, correct? If so I don't have one of those. I do have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards, can you pair with those or is there some other device I can test with?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #12
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Thanks for today's dose of nerd porn.

The verbiage on the box (or lack thereof) is really quite telling...

- "Compatible with any Tivo DVR with four or more tuners."

- No Netflix mentioned on the box, while Hulu is. That's not an accidental "it's coming any second now, sorry for the delay." That's some kind of business issue they've known about for a time.

- They're really adamant about the 4-tuner thing. Sure they want to be crystal clear on the compatibility, but I'm really starting to wonder if they're going to bother with full 2-tuner support even after DTA. They're hammering it in so strongly, and it's tough to put that toothpaste back in the tube. Plus, if they intended to update the box in the relative short term to make that change, why drop the "4 or more tuners" hint now. It seems so... permanent.

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #13
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Ok, at the "Loading Info" screen now. Moca setup was a breeze. I did the online activation and unfortunately it tried to activate like a normal TiVo (e.g. $12.95/mo or $499/lifetime). I just did the monthly option and figured I'd convert/call TiVo once it goes live.

@daveak: I'm also powering up my old 2-tuner (in the photo) and will let you know if you can stream shows.

@magnus: I'll post back shortly with info on this Amazon, Netflix, and USB streaming. If not for that I don't know what USB would be for as you can't use a wireless adapter and there's no need for a SDV adapter.

@jwagner010: The only bluetooth remote is the slide, correct? If so I don't have one of those. I do have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards, can you pair with those or is there some other device I can test with?
I thought activation might be a problem. Hopefully it's something they can easily fix once they get everything going on their end.

The USB port is for the Slide remote. The Slide remote comes with a little USB BlueTooth dongle it needs to function. It's highly unlikely the USB port supports any sort of USB storage for local video playback.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:21 PM   #14
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I thought activation might be a problem. Hopefully it's something they can easily fix once they get everything going on their end.

The USB port is for the Slide remote. The Slide remote comes with a little USB BlueTooth dongle it needs to function. It's highly unlikely the USB port supports any sort of USB storage for local video playback.
Seems like a waste of a USB port then.
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I know the Slide was discontinued recently, but this thing was designed a year or two ago. Plus the Slide is likely to be replaced by an updated version eventually so it may not be as wasteful as it seems. And you never really know what else they might think up that could use a USB port.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #16
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Can you tell us the sku number that's on the receipt? There has to be something there. Thanks much!
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I guess that was really the point. It would be wasteful if that's all they planned to do with it.
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I thought activation might be a problem. Hopefully it's something they can easily fix once they get everything going on their end.
I guess that could be one reason the launch was delayed?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:36 PM   #19
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I know the Slide was discontinued recently, but this thing was designed a year or two ago. Plus the Slide is likely to be replaced by an updated version eventually so it may not be as wasteful as it seems. And you never really know what else they might think up that could use a USB port.
Wasn't it reported the usb port was for an IR sensor cable?
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Isn't the USB port reportedly for the add on IR reciever?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #21
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@Dan203: Under account & system info, I see what I think might be a new field:

Remote Address: 0(IR), (RF)

Do you think this implies bluetooth might be built in?

@teklock: SKU is 8505056, Model is TCDA92000

I'm happy to crack the box open if you guys want to see a component breakdown.

I'm waiting on an update to finish before I can tell if it supports Amazon/Netflix/Pandora/etc.
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Isn't the USB port reportedly for the add on IR reciever?
That's possible, but it does appear to work with a Slide based on the images from CES. I guess we will find out soon. I also hope that it will also work via IP control for my Roomie app.
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Can you tell us the sku number that's on the receipt? There has to be something there. Thanks much!
That would be cool if you could post the sku or an image of your receipt. I'd like to try to go get one tomorrow, as I'm sure many others here would as well.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:52 PM   #24
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Thanks for the sku..

Looks like none of the stores in the DFW area have any. She said they have some coming from the warehouse on Tuesday though.
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Yes, SKU - PLEASE! And thanks for the permission to run the photo.

Update: I see it above, thanks. Browsing the forum via mobile browser isn't ideal.
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So does this mean it's not a "Unicorn" anymore?
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So does this mean it's not a "Unicorn" anymore?
Perhaps it has reached Bigfoot status. Sightings are alleged and photographs supposedly taken.
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Good find cmonroe!

Too bad it does not have Netflix. I was hoping to use exclusively to access Netflix and movies stored on main TiVo. I'll keep using the premiere instead as the big mini
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TiVo bundle deals end on Monday. @teklock says Best Buy said shipment is coming from warehouse on Tuesday. Maybe we'll get an announcement on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Hopefully. I've been waiting forever for these to be released to buy an XL4 for myself and one for my parents along with at least one Mini for each house. Come on TiVo, don't you want my money?
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All signs point to a release on Tuesday. I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't available by then.
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