The Tivo Mini lives....

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by dave13077, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Mar 4, 2013 #1501 of 1620
    lgerbarg

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    Yeah, that would explain it. When you transcode you are also performing an encode, and all the codecs we are are talking about tend to be asymmetric in practice (encoding takes more horsepower than decoding). Plus I am betting you are decoding mpeg2 and encoding h.264, which is also a substantial complexity increase.
     
  2. Mar 5, 2013 #1502 of 1620
    steve614

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    I received an e-mail from TiVo today with this headline:

    " Don’t miss out! Save up to $230 on TiVo Bundle "

    I open it to find it's a Stream bundle. WTF? :mad::p
     
  3. Mar 5, 2013 #1503 of 1620
    sbiller

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    Yes. TiVo is the exclusive advanced television solution provider for all of them.

    Agreed on Tier 1s. They tend to want a lot more customization. TiVo does have a deal with Charter Communications (4 million subscribers) but as you probably know they are heading down a different, more customized, "cloud-driven" path. What comes out of their TiVo agreement is anyone's guess - it likely will start with some sort of tablet/companion app that is a variant of the TiVo iOS app.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2013 #1504 of 1620
    Bigg

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    It will expand the overall TiVo subscriber base, as there are a lot of people out there with 3-5 TV's who won't buy 3-5 Premieres, but will buy a Premiere or two and some Minis, especially when they get dynamic tuner allocation and support 9 Minis.

    That makes more sense... all about those license fees. So basically if you play an MPEG-2 file back on an iPad, you're just going to end up with a hot, dead iPad?

    Comcast has a fleet of MPEG-2 only boxes, like the DCT 64XX series. Yes, they are ancient tanks and some of them don't have HDMI, but they are still out there. It wouldn't be that hard to replace them, however, with a slow phase-out of MPEG-2 HD. If they pre-announced it, and then did a few channels at a time, people would trickle in to get new boxes, and they could free up bandwidth for better HD quality and more channels. But that's way too advanced for Comcast! They could do 9.5mbps MPEG-4 (4 per QAM), and it would be gorgeous, way better than the 12mbps triple-channeled MPEG-2 they do now.

    That's how they're getting those numbers on the smaller providers. If they had a lower-cost option, TiVo wouldn't do nearly as well. It's ultimately good for the customers though, as people probably don't realize how much better TiVo is until they use it.
     
  5. Mar 5, 2013 #1505 of 1620
    BlackBetty

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    Is virgin Media getting the Mini? That is until Liberty dumps TiVo ala directv for their in house DVR.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2013 #1506 of 1620
    Bigg

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    Pretty sure this is an NTSC, US-Centric device.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2013 #1507 of 1620
    rainwater

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    The Mini doesn't contain a tuner afaik.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2013 #1508 of 1620
    lgerbarg

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    As far as plugging a box into a TV goes, back in the analog days NTSC vs PAL vs SECAM mattered. All that is long gone with HD and digital, HDMI is HDMI. The broadcast encoding is different between the US and Europe (which is now ATSC in the US), but it does not actually leak in through the untuned video inputs any more.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2013 #1509 of 1620
    takeagabu

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    So it's March 6th.....(holds out hand) Tivo Mini please
     
  10. Mar 6, 2013 #1510 of 1620
    jmpage2

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    It's 9PM Pacific Time, March 5th, in Cali which is where TiVo is located. I think that "March 6th" for them probably would mean sometime in the next 10-18 hours.
     
  11. Mar 6, 2013 #1511 of 1620
    innocentfreak

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    I could see a press release 9 AM PST. My gut says it will be direct from TiVo only initially so they will wait till morning.

    I could also see them delaying it a day to screw with Zatz.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2013 #1512 of 1620
    jfh3

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    Past midnight in California. No sign of the Mini :(
     
  13. Mar 6, 2013 #1513 of 1620
    Loach

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    Product launch press releases are not generally issued in the middle of the night. That said, it's now 2 minutes before the stock market opens and......still nothing. I can see an announcement happening anytime during business hours today though.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2013 #1514 of 1620
    davezatz

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    Actually, TiVo has a history of midnight embargos... And, for comparison, the Roku 3 was announced at 9PM EST yesterday.
     
  15. Mar 6, 2013 #1515 of 1620
    Loach

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    Did not know that. Getting a little worried now - but notice tivo.com is loading pages awfully slow this morning so maybe something's up.
     
  16. Mar 6, 2013 #1516 of 1620
    NotNowChief

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    Yeah, everybody going to the page to see if its on sale yet is the reason why its running slow.
     
  17. Mar 6, 2013 #1517 of 1620
    mahohmei

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    It appears that the TiVo mini will only work if there is a four-tuner TiVo in the home. All I currently have is a Premiere two-tuner for which I paid $500 (lifetime service).

    Does TiVo have future plans to make the mini compatible with two-tuner TiVos? I really want a mini for my bedroom TV, but not badly enough to replace the TiVo. :)

    I had heard somewhere that TiVo is working on making the mini not even tie up one tuner on the master unit.
     
  18. Mar 6, 2013 #1518 of 1620
    sbiller

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    Yep. I'm guessing midnight tonight.
     
  19. Mar 6, 2013 #1519 of 1620
    cmonroe

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    Looks like the mini does not live (today at least). It amazes me how long it's taken them to develop a thin client. It really isn't that much work, especially when the core software functionality already exists on a similar platform just with no local storage. This thing was announced for release what, a year ago?
     
  20. Mar 6, 2013 #1520 of 1620
    Loach

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    Yeah, kind of wondered the same thing after I wrote it. It seems to be loading much faster now that everybody has probably given up for the day!
     

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