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TiVo Mini VOX/4K reviews and comments thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by Mikeguy, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Nov 11, 2017 #61 of 116
    HerronScott

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    The Mini would have to upgrade to Hydra and should work with voice commands as well once you purchase a VOX remote for it, but as you mentioned there are pairing issues reported with a92 (v1) Mini's.

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  2. Nov 15, 2017 #62 of 116
    13thGeneral

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    I always wondered why more poducts don't have the brick built into the unit. I get that footprint and cooling is a factor, but i still think it'd be more accomodative with today's modern lifestyle of owning so many devices. Everything is not only fighting for shelf space, but also power access. Plus, paired with the desire (need) for a tidy and safe environment, it's just disappointing to still be wrangling with piles of cords, wall-warts, plugs, and powerbricks, as well as the need to have powerstrips, surge protectors, and (isc) battery backups. Most homes don't have the proper modern electrical infrestructure, like breaker box surge protection and good grounding, so these things remain quite necessary.
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2017 #63 of 116
    buildersboy66

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    Any setup/activate issues at this time? TIA
     
  4. Nov 16, 2017 #64 of 116
    Banana-Heads

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    Thank you.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2017 #65 of 116
    lentiman

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    I just got my Mini 4K VOX working. Downgraded to match my Roamio Pro, all on a gigabit ethernet network. Finally got my remote paired with the Mini. After solving all of these problems this is what I've noticed so far after having not used it very much:
    • The signal just stops, randomly and frequently. Complete black screen to my brand new LG OLED, no signal detected. Have to remove power and reboot.
    • When switching to Netflix (the only app I've used so far) the Mini will totally lock up. Required very long wait or powercycle restart.
     
  6. Nov 18, 2017 #66 of 116
    PaperFriend

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    I have 4 older minis and I upgraded them all to Hydra along with my Bolt+. On all of them I was able to assign a shortcut to ‘live TV’. I just purchased a mini Vox and got it setup. The problem is I like having a shortcut for ‘Live TV’ but it is not an option on my new mini Vox
     
  7. Nov 20, 2017 #67 of 116
    aaronwt

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    So how is the setup for the Mini Vox now? Have all the Kinks been worked out?

    I ordered a Mini Vox today instead of ordering a second Vox remote. My plan it to move my Bolts to another area where I can't hear them and just use the Mini Vox in my 4K setup. I'll be picking it up from Best Buy this evening.
     
  8. Nov 20, 2017 #68 of 116
    lentiman

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    I don't understand. There is a Live TV button on the remote, just like there used to be. Isn't it easier to just push the remote button?

     
  9. Nov 20, 2017 #69 of 116
    lentiman

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    I'd plan a day for the Mini Vox to communicate to TiVo for proper setup. But otherwise my dropouts seem to have stopped and it's working as it should. I also have the same plan: every 4K TV on a 4K Mini Vox and the Roamio Pro hiding somewhere. Rarely is anyone watching LiveTV. I'm waiting to roll things out for the Amazon app and supported HDR though. Currently if I want to watch HDR I just use the internal apps on the TVs.

     
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  10. Nov 20, 2017 #70 of 116
    GatorBlues

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    Is it possible to synch multiple Vox boxes with Bolt for a viewing party? I.e., is there a mode where the Vox extenders and Bolt will share the same tuner so that your pause, FF, or RW commands will be transmitted to multiple screens at once?
     
  11. Nov 20, 2017 #71 of 116
    ghoitt

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    I am having the same problem on my new mini VOX Plays fine the the screen goes black for 2-5 seconds then back on. Sometimes over and over and some times just a few times but very annoying. The unit doesn't really lock up as show continues to play just no video or audio. Anyone have a solution? Only happening on new VOX Running Hydra here.
     
  12. Nov 20, 2017 #72 of 116
    aaronwt

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    I installed my Mini Vox this evening. Just like with my Gen 1 Minis, setup was very fast. I had zero issues. First I made sure I activated the Mini Vox at TiVo.com before plugging it in. And I also gave it a name and had my other Tivos make a connection before plugging in the Mini Vox.

    So the Mini Vox booted up, installed the update, and when it was done I could see my Bolt and Roamio and link to any of them. The Vox remote quickly paired and so far I've seen zero issues. The thing that took the longest was it booting, installing the update, and then rebooting. But even that was only ten or fifteen minutes.

    So I'm glad I waited and didn't have to deal with the issues that were around at launch. It's nice and quick. Speeds seem to be similar to the Bolt.

    Although I still need to checkout some of the apps. The only app I've looked at so far was Plex. And that behaved identically to Plex on my Bolts.
     
  13. Nov 20, 2017 #73 of 116
    aaronwt

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    I tried Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix apps. Pandora and Hulu behaved properly. But with Netflix I noticed issues with it showing the content in UHD. When I would first open up Netflix, it would show the titles available in UHD. But after a few seconds they would change to HD for some reason. The Sys Info is showing HDCP 2.2 like it should. And I'm only using 2160P24/30/60 for output. But considering the issues I read about other people having, I can't really complain much about the Netflix issue. Especially since this would not be a primary device for streaming apps any way.

    It's been working great streaming shows from my Bolts and Roamio so far. Hopefully it stays that way.
     
  14. Nov 21, 2017 #74 of 116
    aaronwt

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    Ok I figured out a temporary solution for the inconsistent showing of the Netflix UHD titles. I needed to remove the 2160P24/30 output option from the Mini Vox. So now I only have 2160P60 selected for an output resolution. And every time I go into Netflix, it consistently shows UHD for the appropriate titles.

    But I do see another issue, and this is with the Youtube app. In the Stats for nerds info it shows viewport info. With my Bolt and other UHD devices, it always shows 1920x1080*2. But with the Mini Vox it only shows 1920x1080*1.5. And I thought that was the actual resolution being output. Since I have a 3840x2160 TV 1920x1080*2 makes sense. But 1920x1080*1.5 does not make sense.

    Otherwise the Mini Vox streams the actual youtube content well. And like my Bolts I've seen connection speed bitrates, in the Stats for nerds info, up to 137Mbps when watching many of the UHD videos.(I'm on the FiOS GigE tier)
     
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  15. Nov 21, 2017 #75 of 116
    Buckeye3d

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    Any noticeable speed / performance differences (besides 4k) between the Mini Vox and Mini v2?
     
  16. Nov 21, 2017 #76 of 116
    aaronwt

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    I know it's easily faster than my Gen 1 Mini. Speeds on the Mini Vox seemed similar to the Bolt to me.

    According to the info in the Youtube settings, the Mini Vox has a BCM7438 chip in it. A dual core ARM with 10,000 DMIPS.

    While the Bolt has a BCM7449. Which if the info I found online is correct, is rated as having 12,000 DMIPS.
     
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  17. Nov 27, 2017 #77 of 116
    aaronwt

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    I setup the $149.99 Mini Vox I got on sale from BestBuy this evening(I'll return the one I paid $179.99 for at BestBuy). Again I had no setup issues. The remote paired properly. And it could see all my TiVos once it connected.

    Again I registered the Mini Vox at TiVo.com before plugging it in. And I also had all the TiVos make a connection before the Mini Vox got plugged in. So when the Mini Vox was booted up, you go through the guided setup. Then it rebooted to install RC8. Then when it came back up I could see all my TiVos and stream their recordings.
     
  18. Nov 29, 2017 #78 of 116
    erpeters33

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    Does anyone know why Last Channel doesn’t work? Is the Vox Mini on a Vix Bolt limited to one tuner?
     
  19. Nov 30, 2017 #79 of 116
    aaronwt

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    It's one of the bugs they need to fix.

    The mini is limited to one tuner. The tuner it's using just switches to a new channel. At least that is how it worked with my gen 1 minis prior to hydra.
     
  20. Nov 30, 2017 #80 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    Well that usually correct. If you are on a channel and switch to a channel that is on the host but not the one used by host's TV, you will move to that tuner and get its buffer. Sorry to go off-topic.
     

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