TiVo Mini VOX Best Buy

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  1. drober30

    drober30 Member

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    $129! Just grabbed two!
     
  2. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    In-store, I assume? Seems like an unadvertised special (I didn't see it listed in the BB BF ad, unless I missed it), and showing at $180 on-line.

    Many available--or did you camp at BB overnight? ;)

     
  3. skypros

    skypros Ex satellite dealer

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    I was lucky enough to get a refurb mini vox from Tivo on the "mistake" sale a week ago for $130
    It has a new remote, hdmi cable and power supply..... and a Mini with all the protective wrap on it.... Other than being in a "white" packing box (and ID label)..... There is no way to tell it was a refurb vs new.
    I am very happy with my purchase (like I am with my refurb Roamio plus).

    That is a great Best Buy Deal though!!
     
  4. MrDell

    MrDell Active Member

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    Great price... thanks for the information!
     
  5. drober30

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    Yes, it was in store. I walked right in at 6:00pm(doors opened at 5:00pm) It’s safe to say nobody was even looking for TiVo Minis, especially since they weren’t advertised.

    Someone on here mentioned there would be an unadvertised in store special on them Black Friday so I went Best Buy just for these.

    I was shocked to see $129 as TiVo is only offering a $20 discount.

    But it worked for Best Buy because I threw a 65” Samsung QLED in my basket too!...lol
     
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  6. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I purchased one for $129 too. I think best buy is open until 1AM tonight.
     
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Sadly, our lone Best Buy closed in 2016.
     
  8. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    And a third one who purchased a Mini VOX at BB this evening. :cool:

    Walked in, searched and of course couldn't find it, and after asking a couple of sales guys, finally found the area, with nothing there on the bottom shelf of the merchandise rack where it would have been (only 2 Bolt VOX boxes there); asked another sales guy if they had any, and he scrounged around and found one almost hidden at the back corner of the area, which I had missed.

    The only pseudo-glitch: I asked the price, the sales guy looked it up, and he then told me $179.98. Ulp. I told him that I had heard that there was an unadvertised sale on the Mini, and he went off to check. In the meanwhile, I found a merchandise tag on the shelf and, lo and behold, it noted the price at $129.99--not a sale price, mind you, that was just the "normal" price listed on the label. And fortunately, the Mini rang up at that price.

    I'm not quite sure I understand the purpose of an unadvertised and almost hidden sale on an item. Even the shelf label didn't note that this was a special deal and price, calling attention to that, or what the regular price is. I guess this was a special deal for TiVo's friends-in-the-know (or who bumped into the deal). :)

    @drober30, thanks for posting here that you had gotten the deal today. When I hadn't seen it in the BB BF ad, I assumed that it would be in a Friday or Saturday ad (the BB initial ad said that more deals would be coming on Friday and Saturday) and thought that I would go over then if I didn't see the Mini in a sales ad before then, after the crazy BB Thursday sale was over (people here had been lined up around the building).

    I don't know how long this pricing will last, but for whatever it's worth, other BB stores in my area show inventory. (No one really knowing that there is a special price probably helps, lol.)

    Now to see if the little box works for me. ;)
     
  9. js90

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    Another $129 purchased at Best Buy on Black Friday. I was there as the store opened. They had 3 on the shelf. Before going to the store, I confirmed that I could buy it online and pick it up in store today. I figured that at least gave me a sense that it was in stock at the store. Best Buy online still showed $179. So it does seem to be an in-store special.
     
  10. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    These work with a pre-Vox Bolt as the host, right? I know they won't do voice, just looking for the 4k.
     
  11. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    All Minis work with any 4- or 6-tuner TiVo DVR.

    Voice control is only available if the host DVR (and the Mini, as a consequence) is running TE4. Note that the host DVR doesn’t need to have a VOX Remote paired for the TE4’d Mini to gain voice control; the Mini would just need TE4 and a paired VOX Remote*.

    * Note: Roamios and older v1/v2 Minis require the VOX USB (Bluetooth/BLE) dongle for pairing with a VOX Remote.​

    As for 4K, it was recently posted that HDR updates may only be available to those running TE4.
     
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  14. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

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    Hmmmm....So this Mini Vox will work with my Roamio Pro even though I don't have it updated to Hydra? No matter what, I do not want the Hydra interface and don't want something new to screw that up.
     
  15. tommage1

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    Just FYI I checked out my local Best Buy, around noon they had one of those Mini Voxes for $129. Didn't buy it as I don't need one but there may still be some out there (store only I think). They still had plenty of those 10TB EasyStores (WD 10TB red inside) too, $179 plus tax, bit over $190 for me. I did get one of those. I think they still have them online too, at least they did early this morning (nice for someone who would not have to pay sales tax)
     
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  16. krkaufman

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    Yes, correct.

    p.s. See the following thread if you were looking to have a consistent remote experience across boxes: Mini VOX, TE3, and RF Remote fails
     
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  17. OrangeCrush

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    It won't. Mini's go to whatever software version is on the main box. The initial setup will take a little longer since it needs to download the software, but then it'll be TE3/Encore like everything else.
     
  18. dmk1974

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    Thanks for the feedback. I just picked up 2 from my local Best Buy. Seems to be a very good deal. I need to see though if they are really that much better and more capable than a couple of my existing IR mini's that they would be replacing.
     
  19. JoeKustra

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    Water resistant. Bad with fingerprints. :)
     
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  20. Sparky19053

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    My feelings exactly $15.00 verse a trip to Best Buy is a no brainier for me. I ordered one from Amazon. Still running TE 3 and have o plans on updating anytime soon.
     

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