Originally Posted by Rose4uKY
So if I was to have one Premiere I know you can record 4 shows but if watching live TV than it's 3. So watching live TV on a mini plus on the main TV with the Premiere would use a tuner and make it 2 correct?
Short answer, yes it will always be a 2 tuner tivo if you assign 2 of the 4 tuners for the minis.
Longer answer as its more complex:
My first note, I assume you are using Premiere generically and are talking about the 4 tuner version. That is a safe note, since only the 4 tuner units are supported for the mini.
The mini's currently use an assigned tuner from a 4 tuner tuner tivo. It does not matter if you are using the live tv at the time or not, it always assigned to the mini. So that will always make the 4 tuner actually a 3 tuner tivo. You can always choose to not assign a tuner to the mini, but then you can only watch tapes shows.
The trick with 2 minis is if you want to watch live tv at the same time on both minis. Then you have to assign 2 of the 4 tuners to the mini thus you are correct making it a 2 tuner tivo. If you do not want both watching live tv at the same time, you can assign 1 tuner between them thus making it a 3 tuner tivo.
On my mini I do not have a tuner assigned to I cannot watch live tv. When I want to watch live tv I actually go in and tape the show I want to watch live. I can then stream that taped show to the mini.
I cannot wait until they make dynamically assigned tuners for the mini. But I will not hold by breath waiting for them to do it.