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Old 08-01-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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HD in my office

I have a premiere XL in my family room with wired internet. I have a series 2 lying around. Both have lifetime. I want to watch HD content in my office.Tivo mini would be perfect if I had a premeire 4. What are my options?
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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Buy a Premiere 4(XL) or a Premiere, or a Premiere 4(XL) and a mini.

In your case, I would get a 4 or 4XL and put the existing XL in the office. Then you have four tuners in the living room, two tuners in the office, and you can stream between them. You don't need to waste a tuner on the 4XL when you want to watch live TV in the office. And since you will now have a 4(XL), you can always buy a mini in the future.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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You could just get another Premiere for the office. Secondary Tivo subscriptions are 12.99/month, and yes, both Tivos must have a subscription to record and transfer show between them.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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would a slingbox or roku or something similar help me?
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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Not really, those are primarily for external streaming. You could just get a really long component video cable if you have a way to run it. You could also use a matrix switch and an HDMI extender. However with any of these options only one person can be watching the TiVo at a time. The best part about the Mini, or another TiVo, is that it streams the data and decodes locally. So someone can be watching the main TiVo and you can still watch in your office.
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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has anybody tried using a mini with a 2 tuner premiere XL?
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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has anybody tried using a mini with a 2 tuner premiere XL?
You can not even complete the setup on a Mini without a 4 tuner unit. Part of the setup requires you to select a host and only 4 tuner units can be selected, 2 tuner units are grayed out.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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I've only had the IOGEAR GW3DHDKIT set up and running for about 24 hours, but so far, I love it. I've watched 3 full length movies from my TiVo HD in my basement and the audio and video have been great.

This might work for you if by office you mean a home office.

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Old 08-06-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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HDMI extender

I just installed an HDMI extender from my premiere to the living room tv. It works great with the remote control on my cell phone. You can operate the TIVO box from the living room, watch recorded shows, and set recordings. No second subscription needed and no need to buy another box. My HDMI extender uses 2 60ft. cat 5 wires ran in the attic. Perfect HD picture. I bought the extenders from Monoprice website for $43 and I had the string of cat 5 wire. I got a friend to terminate the wires.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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The biggest advantage to a Mini or second TiVo is that you can watch different programs in each room simultaneously. With any sort of HDMI/Component extender you're simply mirroring the TiVo so you have to watch the same thing in both rooms. If you're single or only ever watch one TV at a time that's fine, but if you're sharing the TV with a wife or kids then the Mini is a better option.
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Not really, those are primarily for external streaming...
That's not true at all Dan. They actually work better in the home with the increased bandwidth and speed on your personal LAN. With a newer Slingbox and a good network connection you get a pretty darn good image close to the original quality. And of course there's still the added benefit of being able to sling programs outside your home as well.
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That's not true at all Dan. They actually work better in the home with the increased bandwidth and speed on your personal LAN. With a newer Slingbox and a good network connection you get a pretty darn good image close to the original quality. And of course there's still the added benefit of being able to sling programs outside your home as well.
But they don't make the SlingCatcher anymore, so how do you play it on another TV?
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But they don't make the SlingCatcher anymore, so how do you play it on another TV?
They have streaming sling apps on devices like the Western Digital WDTV Live, Netgear NeoTV, GoogleTV, etc. and you can also use a PC, laptop, Mac if in that location.

It's called "slingplayer for connected devices":

http://www.slingbox.com/go/spcd
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Even so a Slingbox is still mirroring the output of the TiVo so it has all the same limitations as a long cable or HDMI extender, but is more expensive. The only advantage a Slingbox offers is streaming outside the home or maybe to a portable device in the home. However if all you want to do is stream to another TV in your home then a Slingbox is a poor choice.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #15
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Dan, you are correct. The mini would be better (if not for the cost). My wife has comcast DVR the TIVO is mine only. So, I only watch it in one room at a time and I save money. It works so well with the cell phone remote.
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But they don't make the SlingCatcher anymore, so how do you play it on another TV?
I picked up a Slingcatcher on eBay a couple of years ago. Talk about absolute garbage. I was able to re-sell it on eBay.

If you are in a Tivo home, the mini is a great option.
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