TiVo Mini VOX/4K reviews and comments thread

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

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Both my Mini Vox and v1 Mini never need to get rebooted. Except for a software update. Otherwise they just keep chugging along without issues. And since the are on a UPS, like all my electronics, they aren't going to lose power. Unless there is a 10+ hour long outage.

    But today I decided to drop down my FiOS package to the Custom TV package. I am just sick of the bad video quality from FiOS now. As well as the bad video quality from DC OTA channels.

    So I dropped down to a custom TV package from the Ultimate HD tier. And I still have Gigabit Internet and phone service. But now my monthly price will be around $96 after all taxes and fees instead of the $152 it currently is. And Then I will be paying for a streaming service for most of my TV watching. But I will still be paying around $25 less a month than before with just FiOS.

    So I will be using my TiVos much less from now on. Well at least that is my plan right now. I'll see how it goes for the next month or two.

    I'm just wondering if this is the beginning of the end for me with TiVo? I'm not sure. But some of the streaming services are finally at a level where I can use them instead of my TiVos. Although if the video quality from FiOS had not deteriorated so much over the last couple of years, I would have never considered doing this.
     
  2. eric9603

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    What streaming services are you looking at - DirecTV NOW, YouTube TV, etc? I've tried pretty much all of them over the last few months, but I keep coming back to TiVo because of the rock solid DVR. Also, when we have family or guests over they just seem confused trying to figure out something other than a regular FiOS STB or TiVo. In my opinion, none of the streaming services have quite figured out how to make that smooth or reliable yet. But on the flip side, the picture quality when using them with an Apple TV 4K is fantastic.
     
  3. slowbiscuit

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    If you're watching a lot of YT or other apps on a V1 Mini I can guarantee that it will hard lockup on occasion. I am interested to know whether that's still an issue on the Vox Mini.
     
  4. aaronwt

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    No question the TiVo UI is better. But TiVo has no control over the quality being sent it from FiOS and OTA in the DC area. Both have gone majorly downhill in quality the last few years. The terrible quality is the only reason I switched to using streaming services to watch most of my content. Since the streaming services easily have better quality than FiOS and OTA in my area now.
     
  5. aaronwt

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    I've tested that a couple of times last quarter watching Youtube content for a couple hours. It never locked anything up on my Mini Vox.
     
  6. JoeKustra

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  7. Mar 2, 2019 #127 of 139
    dbpaddler

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    Haven't tested the mini vox yet as I just got it, but I do prime and Netflix on the OG one and haven't experienced any lock ups.

    Question, the hdmi cable that comes with the box is 4k capable, right? Knowing tivo, I don't want to assume.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2019 #128 of 139
    aaronwt

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    I use Monoprice certified cablea with my UHD devices. The HDMI cable that came with my Vox mini is probably still in the box. Just like all the HDMI cables that came with my HDMI TiVos since 2004. I rarely ever use the cables or batteries that come with my devices.
     
  9. Mar 2, 2019 #129 of 139
    dbpaddler

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    Pretty much the same. This is my first outboard 4k device. So all my cables are older. Just put an order in for new cables but they won't be here until next week.

    Don't really care a ton about 4k. My JVC pj is still 1080 and have no desire to drop the coin for the 4k equivalent. That's the only place I really care about cabling.

    The only nice thing with the Vox is the universal search including the apps I'd use through the TV. Now I won't have to switch inputs to use apps. Just go to them from the search.

    Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
     
  10. Sep 1, 2019 #130 of 139
    sm4194

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    Currently have a Tivo Mini V2 hooked up via ethernet to a Tivo Bolt and consistent experiencing stuttering and freezing on Prime Video The only resolution is to unplug the mini which fixes the issue for a day or two.

    Can anyone let me know if the Tivo Vox Mini is more stable for watching apps such as Hulu, Prime Video and Netflix. Thanks.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2019 #131 of 139
    JoeKustra

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    The host isn't used for streaming. I don't have any problems with Prime or YouTube. I have both V3 and VOX and have not had any streaming problems. The VOX is faster.
     
  12. Sep 1, 2019 #132 of 139
    krkaufman

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    v2? (v3 == VOX)
     
  13. Sep 1, 2019 #133 of 139
    JoeKustra

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    Yeah, that was unclear. I should have said A93 and A95.
     
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  14. NYHeel

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    Just confirming that the Mini Vox can do 4k even if the linked primary TiVo is a Roamio. Is that correct?
     
  15. krkaufman

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    Yes, for the streaming apps, to the degree that the Mini VOX and each app supports 4K & HDR -- but not for any 4K broadcasts.
     
  16. Dec 1, 2019 #136 of 139
    vasilemj

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    I am looking at a Mini Vox primarily to extend live video coming from a Roamio OTA. Is everyone happy with the live video functionality of this box or is it ever pixelated? I have the option of using an HDMI switch on my existing box and running a roughly 35 foot run to the new TV but figured this was easier.
     
  17. Dec 2, 2019 #137 of 139
    kpeters59

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    I do both...

    I mostly just want the same thing going on all my TV's. But, on occasion, I want a different show to display. So, a Mini fits the bill perfectly.

    -KP
     
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  18. Dec 3, 2019 #138 of 139
    aaronwt

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    I've had no issues whether I use my Mini Vox connected to my wired network, or use it connected to a wireless Bridge. The video has been fine.
     
  19. Dec 3, 2019 #139 of 139
    JoeKustra

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    There is no video issue as the above post indicates. However, a Mini and its host close together on the same channel may (will) exhibit a lag in video and audio. The video is no problem, but the audio will be a problem. I have two Mini using two different hosts. The Mini always is about 1/2 second behind. But it could just be my wireless bridges, so you'll need a second opinion.
     

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