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Old 03-26-2016, 10:41 AM   #61
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Yes the least expensive Tivo Roamio is usually for just one TV. I believe you can hook up a Tivo Mini with it. That cost another $100 and $6.00 a month extra for programming or $150 lifetime subscription. (so basically $250 more)
Tivo got rid of the service fee for Minis, so they are about $100 each all-in (often less with refurb sales at woot and elsewhere).

A Tivo Roamio with Minis is an excellent whole-home DVR setup, with all the popular streaming services to boot. I have a Plus with 3 Minis.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:54 AM   #62
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What people often forget with Apple products is that they have resale value.
I paid $1100 for my macbook air, 3 years ago.
I could sell it easily for $700. So total cost for 3 years is $400.

A comparable PC laptop would've cost $700 or so and it'd be worth $200 or so.

YMMV but resale is important and I've done this many times. After buying my dell laptop for $1400, sold it for $75, 4 years later.

That would assume you would want to sell....


I have never sold a computer that I have bought... they either have something go wrong with them and I do not want to fix an old computer or they get old and cannot support the new software or OS...

My current computer is 6 to 8 YO and works OK for me... I have been having some video problems on and off, but as long as it is not very often I can live with it....

But I am sure the value is almost nil....
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A Tivo Roamio with Minis is an excellent whole-home DVR setup, with all the popular streaming services to boot. I have a Plus with 3 Minis.
You can also use various devices as remote viewing devices.

I set up my DM with a TiVo Bolt for receiving OTA broadcasts and it's hooked to her one TV. Works great.

But she also uses her iPad to watch her morning news show at breakfast. No need to have a TV for that.

Minimizes the need for multiple TVs around the house.
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Yep there's a Tivo app for the Amazon Fire which apparently works well too. The advantage of using (relatively) cheap Minis is that it gives you the full Tivo experience at any TV, the app is more limited but works well for simple playback and as you said provides for good portability.

Note that the Tivo app does not work well out of home for many folks, there is a ton of network-related bugs with it. But in-home it's pretty good.
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