TiVo Mini LUX is here

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by pfiagra, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

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    The only 4k you’re going to get from ANY TiVo is streaming apps. Your recordings are going to be the same whether your TiVo devices are 4k or not.

    (Aside from very limited 4k live sports that are broadcast on a very few number of cable channels on some providers)

    If you want to try TE4 on your new mini you need to upgrade your host DVR and then the mini will auto update.

    But if you want to go back to TE3 later YOU WILL LOSE ALL RECORDINGS AND ONE PASSES. (You don’t lose anything going TE3 to TE4, only going backwards do you lose programs)
     
  2. bs0755

    bs0755 New Member

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    Thanks for the answers to my questions!

    It makes sense that the mini would show the interface of the host--Although, I could have sworn that the last mini I purchased before this one had a different UI. It has been a few years, and my memory is a bit hazy, but it seems as though it was around the time the new UI came out. I do remember being on the phone with customer service as she walked me through the steps to revert to the old UI. The host Tivos still had the old interface and no recordings were lost. Is that possible, or is my memory worse than I thought? (Not a big deal--just trying to understand!)
     
  3. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

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    If your Mini downgraded from TE4 to TE3, no recordings would be affected on the host.

    If your HOST TiVo downgrades from TE4 to TE3, you will lose all recordings and settings.

    Minis are are "dumb" boxes - they won't affect your recordings and settings on the host and they automatically downgrade/upgrade based on the software on their host.

    So, if you want to experience TE4 on your new Mini you will have to upgrade your host to TE4 first. You can't run TE4 on your Mini and TE3 on your host.

    But, if you don't like TE4 and want to revert back to TE3, you'll end up losing your recordings when your host downgrades.
     
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  4. JBDragon

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    You might as well make the switch to TE4 as that's the new interface and at some point will have to move to do. There are things I like and things I don't. I do like it Auto Skipping commercials instead of having to keep pressing the green button. Or being able to Delete ALL of a group of recordings. The Interface is kind of bland. I don't know if it's to help speed up the interface which can be a bit poky. Not seeing the Thumbs Up/Down is just strange for a TIVO which I've been using since 1999. I haven't used it much as my Tivo Mini took a dump a few months ago. I just got it replaced.
     
  5. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    Speak for yourself. I'll be sticking with TE3 forever. TiVo has said they have no intentions of forcing people to upgrade to TE4 on older boxes.
     
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  6. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

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    I have no problems with TE4 on my Roamio and non-Vox Mini.

    It’s snappy, stable, modern looking and intuitive. I did cheat online to have prerolls removed from my Roamio after 2 reboots. My mini had never seen a preroll.

    Tivo+ won’t work on the mini which is annoying to have it advertised there anyway but it’s not that big of a deal.
     
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  7. JBDragon

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    Umm, that's good to know. But at some point, your Tivo will die. Then you have no choice if you go with Tivo once again. Which maybe you won't. I like the older Interface better myself. Maybe they could have just updated that a bit better for 4K TV's, etc instead of going as radical as they have. There are pros and cons to both. I'm not going to fight it. I'll get used to it in time. I've been using Tivo's since 1999. I still have my Original Philips Tivo in my Closet.
     
  8. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    If my TiVo dies, I'll just buy a used one on ebay and keep using TE3 as long as CableCARDs are still around.
     
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  9. Neil Weinstock

    Neil Weinstock New Member

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    Is it still true that the Lux has neither Amazon Prime nor Disney+ apps?

    My old TivoHD finally died, and I think I'm going to replace it with a new Mini, to run off my Roamio. It would be nice if it is actually a useful streaming device, but without either AP or D+ it is not, at least for us.
     
  10. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

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    All TiVo DVRs and Minis have Prime. None have Disney+ (and are unlikely to get it).
     
  11. koberlin1

    koberlin1 New Member

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    Just installed the Mini LUX and its great so far...outside of a few random times where it just restarted out of nowhere. Otherwise it's a very responsive little box, same great Tivo GUI, and I LOVE the updated backlit remote!!
     

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