TiVo Mini

The Good TiVo Mini easily extends live and recorded TV from your main TiVo DVR to another room; little, lightweight box is considerably smaller than a DVR and doesn't require any additional services or equipment from your cable provider; also streams Xfinity and Cox On Demand for those subscribers as well as other services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Spotify.

The Bad Works with TiVo Premiere 4 and XL4, Roamio and Bolt DVRs; 4/XL4 boxes require a dedicated tuner from your DVR for live TV streaming; requires wired network connections for both DVR and TiVo Mini.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Ecosystem 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Value 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Multiroom TiVo experience, minus the fees

Editors' note, October 28, 2015: This review has been updated to reflect software and pricing changes to the Mini over time.


With "TiVo" being synonymous with "DVR," it would not be unreasonable to assume the TiVo Mini is a small DVR. It isn't one.

Instead, the Mini is another part of the company's whole-home viewing experience, joining the TiVo Stream, which streams your recorded content on iOS devices.

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