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Old 09-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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Roamio base and 3 minis?

Newbie here...just wanted to get an exact answer from someone that has the Roamio. Basically, I have 4 TV's total and I want to use the Roamio base model to steam recorded shows (rarely, if ever, watch live TV) to the other 3 minis. My question is this- will watching a recorded show on a mini, take up a tuner from the Roamio? I called Tivo twice today, and two different people said that it does...meaning if I had all 3 minis watching recorded shows, then the base Roamio would only have one tuner left to record new shows. This sounds stupid to me, as the mini shouldn't be using a tuner to watch what is on the harddrive, but the Tivo reps insisted this is true. What is the real life answer please?
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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No, a tuner is only used by Mini for live TV. If you just want to stream recorded shows from your Roamio then the Mini will NOT use a tuner.
Pretty incredible the CSRs don't seem to have even the most basic fundamentals down for TiVo whole home solutions.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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Thank you!!! Heading out to get my Roamio and the mini's tonight.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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It may however steal a tuner if from a mini you watch live tv, and then switch to watching something recorded. I am not sure if it releases right away or waits for the 90 min timeout.

But if you go straight to watching a recording, it won't steal a tuner.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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It may however steal a tuner if from a mini you watch live tv, and then switch to watching something recorded. I am not sure if it releases right away or waits for the 90 min timeout.

But if you go straight to watching a recording, it won't steal a tuner.
As soon as you exit live TV from Mini the tuner is dropped from my experience.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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