Originally Posted by 21364guy
How solid is the Mini at this point? It sounds like one good approach would be to use the TiVo HD for a while, either or with or without the CableCARD. I can always sell the TiVo HD some months down the road and get the Mini at that time. But if it's very solid now then maybe there's no reason to wait.
They have been coming out with updates regularly, particularly since the Roamio's were released. Many/most of the early-adopter glitches have been ironed out, but there are of course some scattered folks with problems... Its getting the newest features such as the new HTML5 netflix client as or days after the Roamios get them.
It is an extension of the host unit. The now playing list is a copy of the host, setting a recording from the guide sets it to record on the host seamlessly, the to do list pops right up, etc.
Its extremely fast in the HD menus, like using sd menus on the Premier fast. Its essentially the same level of hardware as the Roamio.
There is a slight delay when tuning/changing channels with live tv, as the host has to tune, send it over your network, etc, or when you click on a show saved on the host unit to watch. Its doing MRS (multi-room streaming) like between newer tivos... which takes a moment or two to fire up.
Trick play is extremely responsive and with the latest updates looks and feels pretty much exactly like local functionality. (to me at least)