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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • An affordable way to get TiVo on a second screen
  • Faster UI than on a TiVo Premiere
  • MoCA built-in for a reliable and accessible network connection
Cons
  • Requires a four-tuner TiVo to set up
  • Assigning a tuner for live TV means one less for recording
  • No Netflix, Amazon or the ability to manage recordings
74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

80
Ryan
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
ls4driver
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
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.
 
70
Zatz Not Funny
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.
 
70
TechHive
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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CNET
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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Engadget
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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PC Mag
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.
 
70
New York Times
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.
 
70
CNET
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.
 
70
USA Today
Mini can't do everything its big brother TiVo can do, but it comes pretty close.
 
60
PC Mag
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.