|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches|
|Item model number||TCDA92000|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required.|
TiVo Mini with IR Remote (Old Version)
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- Watch live TV and recorded shows from your 4- or 6-tuner TiVo DVR
- Share the complete TiVo experience on additional TVs in your home, no additional service fee required
- Access TV and streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, VUDU and more without switching inputs
- Streams music from Pandora®, Spotify®, iHeartRadio and more
- Schedule recordings, WishList searches and Season Pass recordings
- XFINITY On Demand available to Comcast subscribers
- Supports Ethernet and MoCA - does not support Wi-Fi
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The TiVo Mini is the powerful, all-purpose companion to your four or six-tuner TiVo DVR. Mini makes it easy to share the TiVo experience on another TV in your home. Add one or more Minis and access your live TV, recorded shows and streaming apps - all with TiVo's distinctively easy-to-use interface. Start a show in the living room and finish it in the bedroom. Or schedule a recording from the kids' room. It's big entertainment with a very small footprint.
TiVo Mini requires the use of a dedicated tuner on your DVR to stream live TV. Mini does not work with TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL.
* Broadband internet connection required and additional fees may apply for receipt of third-party services. Netflix unlimited membership required. See Netflix.com for details.
† Designed for use only with digital cable systems. It does not receive analog programming, including over-the-air, and will not work with an over-the-air antenna.
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The TiVo Mini is a convenient, all-purpose companion to your 4-tuner (TiVo Premiere 4 or XL4) DVR. Connecting a TiVo Mini to another TV in the house makes it easy to watch live TV or recorded shows, and access web entertainment from your DVR.
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Likely the reason this doesn't have wireless and wouldn't work well with a Roamio on wireless is because of the necessary streaming rate for optimal performance. I'm sure it would work with external wireless adapters, but not to the best of its ability. My Mini and Roamio network status screens (I'm using MoCA) show that it is simultaneously sending and receiving data at a rate just shy of 300Mbps. No current wireless standard, including 802.11ac, will actually sustain this rate. Even though computers report connection rates of this speed, it's rare that you can actually achieve data throughput to match those numbers except under ideal circumstances. Certainly never on the 802.11n wireless that most of us have at home. Wireless is a mixed bag since it is a shared resource and doesn't work like switched wired networks.
Second, a tuner from a Roamio is only assigned/grabbed by the Mini when you watch live TV. When watching recordings, no tuner is used. However, if you don't go back to any of the Tivo menu screens when you're done, that tuner will remain claimed by the Mini. Unlike other Tivos, this one will not eventually return to live TV. It will remain on the Tivo Central or My Shows screen indefinitely to keep that unused tuner available. It also has a screen saver that kicks in after a while if you don't turn off the TV.
Owners of the four tuner Premier don't have it so good (yet). For those, tuners are permanently assigned to each Mini. Get a Roamio for best results using multiple Minis. The Premiers are supposed to get this dynamic tuner allocation feature sometime in 2015.
As for the unit itself, it's awesome. It reports its model as a Series 4 (like a Premier), and runs the same software and interface as the Roamio. There are NO playback issues with the copy protection that companies like Time Warner put on almost all recordings. The slight delay in changing channels and starting playback are due to the fact that all of this is happening over the network from the Roamio. There's a handshake between them for these operations, but it's not a big deal and not at all present during playback. Just the initial channel change or the start of playback. Only a few seconds at its worst for me.
The Mini comes with the standard IR peanut remote. I'm using the original slide remote from my old Premier with the Mini, and the new slide remote with the Roamio. I have no complaints about the Mini. It's awesome since I don't need another CableCard, or necessarily another coax if you use wired ethernet. It's full HD, same menus, same picture quality. Sometimes I miss being able to jump between tuners, but that's to be expected if each Mini has to borrow a tuner from your main unit when it's needed.
This couldn't be easier to connect, and you get free lifetime service on units purchased (and activated?) through 1/6/15 as of this writing. That means no additional service fee--ever--for each Mini you activate by then. I'm buying one more just in case, but who knows if TiVo will make that offer permanent?
The Mini units are brilliant, and since TiVo finally released a free streaming app for Android that works with the Plus & Pro, things are even better lately.
** Big news ** The latest software update to the Roamios and Minis (version 20.4.5 released around early Nov 2014) added Amazon Prime streaming and Vudu, plus it supports NetFlix and Hulu Plus, although I haven't tested those. I have only Amazon and Vudu.
The Moca was really easy to hookup and the streaming in all my rooms with TiVo minis has improved greatly. The toughest part I had was with the TiVo mini hookup. The first one easily connected with the Roamio. The 2nd TiVo, I started to worry. It wouldn't find the Roamio. Found people with the same issue online, "renamed" my Roamio, rebooted the Roamio, rebooted the TiVo minis and after going through the screens, everything was good on both Minis.
My original thought was to go with the 6 tuner TiVo, but I hope to eventually cut the cord from Comcast and the Roamio 4 tuner is the only OTA one. I've only run into an issue with the minis a couple times in the last month when I've used up all the tuners for recording shows. Not a big deal, I expected that to happen on occasion. The streaming of Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube is great. I like it better than using my smart tv or my Fire TV Stick.
The Mini is great, it's quick at finding a tuner when I first turn on the TV and the menu is fantastic. It's nice watching shows that were recorded in other rooms and not being chained to a single tv for recordings. I can't think of a single thing I dislike. The Comcast DVR was a complete dinosaur compared to the Roamio and Mini.
My only minor gripe is that I do wish Crackle was available on the TiVo.
Regarding the Mini, it truly has all the capability of the Tivo Roamio DVR box. It provides a TV guide, access to all my recorded shows and I believe Comcast On Demand but I haven't tried that feature on the TV with the Mini yet. Now I can install my second Mini and buy a few more! Tivo has a special until Jan 3 2015 where all Minis will be permitted to operate under the one monthly fee required for the DVR box.
Update Dec 3 2014: The installation of my second Mini was rocky. I had a second splitter in the room with the modem and router where I wanted to install the 2nd Mini. I had split the incoming coax cable (into the room for this review update - I have already discussed my adventures with the splitter on the cable coming into the house above) so that it went both to the modem and to another TV. The splitter that was there (that I installed a few years ago) was a RCA DH24SP 2-way 5 -2400 MHz splitter. That 5- 2400 MHz splitter caused a lot of interference to my internet speed and would not allow the second Mini to initialize. So, I purchased from Amazon.com - Splitter, Broadband RF 2 output MoCA capable 5 - 1002 MHz. That worked. My internet is running smoothly and fast again and my second Tivo Mini initialized and is running fine. The Tivo people really should make a bigger deal about the splitters their customers have to have in their houses before installing a Tivo Mini! Splitters are cheap so Tivo should recommend specific new splitters for their customers to buy on the Tivo web page on Amazon.com as well as on the Tivo.com webpage!