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Old 09-22-2015, 11:21 AM   #21
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Does the lifetime service apply after your original box dies and you buy a replacement? Or is the service tied to that box (or model)?

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I wondered the same things and by now you probably know that the deal is for the life of the Tivo unit, not the buyer.

But.. According to many people on the AVS forum, the only parts of the Tivo that are likely to fail are the disk drive and the power supply. Both, apparently, are easy to replace. And, again according to AVS people, a Tivo with the lifetime service can often be sold for it's original cost if one bought it with the lifetime service at a big discount (such as with this deal).

You pay your money and you take your chances, but I think it probably is a good long term deal.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:32 AM   #22
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Just curious. Does the Mini need to connect to the Roamio with a cable, or can it be wireless?
It needs to be connected by wire. I have it plugged into the coax wall outlet, just like a STB. I suppose you could try to make some part of the trip wireless, but that'll probably render the video unwatchable in most cases.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:27 PM   #23
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Just curious. Does the Mini need to connect to the Roamio with a cable, or can it be wireless?
Officially it has to be connected by an Ethernet cable, IIRC, but there are some workarounds which may or may not work all that well (including wireless Ethernet bridges and the MoCA adaptors the TiVo folks sell).
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Officially it has to be connected by an Ethernet cable, IIRC, but there are some workarounds which may or may not work all that well (including wireless Ethernet bridges and the MoCA adaptors the TiVo folks sell).
MoCA is not a workaround. MoCA and Ethernet connections are presented as equally-valid options. MoCA is arguably easier. No MoCA adapter is necessary. The Mini connects directly to the coax, as does the TiVo Roamio, which serves as a MoCA router if necessary.
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I use MOCA Roamio to Mini and it works fine. Given the published speeds, a high speed wireless network would probably work OK for short distances.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:12 PM   #26
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According to many people on the AVS forum, the only parts of the Tivo that are likely to fail are the disk drive and the power supply. Both, apparently, are easy to replace.
The disk drive is very easy to replace on the Roamio models. The hardest part is opening the unit itself. Once you have it open you just take out the old drive, put in the new drive, close it up and turn it on. The Roamio automatically downloads the latest software and will download your One Passes from tivo.com. The only hassle is that the recordings that were on the old drive are lost unless you copied them to a computer before removing the drive.

This easy upgrade works if the drive hasn't failed, too. If you buy a model with a 500GB drive you can replace it with up to a 3GB drive to have more space for recordings without paying a premium for a more expensive model.
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