May 21st 2012 9:37 am

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Add whole-home DVR to your existing setup

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The TiVo Mini is a great way to affordably extend the TiVo experience, but we'll have to wait for some updates to complete the experience.

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$131.75

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Critic reviews

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    6.5
  • Video quality
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  • Ease of use
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
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8.5
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    8.0
  • Video quality
    9.0
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    9.0
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7.0
Engadget Mar 11, 2013

Out of the box, the core functionality works well enough now to satisfy most while they wait. Exactly how the whole-home functionality will look after a few updates will be something to watch out for, but as it stands now, the Mini falls short of the competition in regards to consistency.

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7.0
New York Times Mar 13, 2013

What’s it lacking? A real TiVo’s access to Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (TiVo says they’re coming soon). It’s also missing the To Do list and Season Pass-management features of the real TiVo. Remember, too, that each Mini monopolizes one of the TiVo’s four tuners.

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7.0
CNET Mar 19, 2013

The TiVo Mini is an easy way to give another TV in your home access to your TiVo DVR, live TV, and streaming services. But if you're not in a hurry, you may want to wait till more features and services arrive.

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6.0
PC Mag Mar 28, 2013

The TiVo Mini, which lets you watch live programming and your TiVo recordings on another television, is a new toy for current Premiere 4 DVR owners, but it has too many restrictions to be the killer product that TiVo aficionados are looking for.

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7.0
TechHive Mar 11, 2013

TiVo Mini should appeal to well-heeled multimedia enthusiasts, who will feel that the savings they realize by going with a Mini instead of a second or third TiVo constitutes a bargain. But the cost and infrastructure requirements (a wired network)... may still discourage widespread adoption.

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7.0
Zatz Not Funny Mar 10, 2013

Despite the TiVo Mini’s shortcomings and onerous service fees, we whole-heartedly recommend the solution to existing 4-tuner TiVo Premiere owners looking to extend the TiVo experience to additional TVs in the home.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 8, 2013

In comes the TiVo Mini, a smaller, more efficient set-top box that extends your TiVo Premiere into other rooms of the house. The Mini can connect to the TiVo via Ethernet or coax (MoCA) and has HDMI output as well as component and composite (via a dongle).

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CNET Mar 8, 2013

Considering you also need to have a Premiere 4/XL4, the cost to upgraders, especially those who purchased lifetime service, might be prohibitively high. (On the other hand, you're not paying for additional services or equipment from your cable provider.)

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PC Mag Mar 11, 2013

The TiVo Mini might offer more convenience than the disappointing TiVo Stream did, but the subscription fee and $99 price tag makes it a hard sell when every major cable and satellite provider offers their own DVR service and some already offer multi-room DVR.

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