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TiVo Mini Getting Started Manual

TiVo Mini Getting Started Manual

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TiVo Mini Getting Started Manual

TiVo Mini Getting Started product

About Tivo

An American company called TiVo Inc. produced its own brand of digital video recorders as its main offering. TiVO was predominantly active in the US, although it also had operations in Western Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Welcome to TiVo!
Unless otherwise noted, features described in this guide apply to the TiVo BOLT series (TiVo BOLT/BOLT+), TiVo Roamio series (TiVo Roamio, TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro, TiVo Roamio OTA), and TiVo Mini boxes, We’ll use the term “TiVo box” to refer to all models collectively, regardless of your TV source (cable/antenna). We’ll use “DVR” to refer to boxes that have the ability to record shows. Other features that are available only on a particular model or TV source will be noted.


  1. Activate the TiVo service. The TiVo service is what makes your TiVo box smart. It includes everything from your show listings to SkipMode and OnePass searches. If you haven’t yet activated your TiVo service, visit tivo.com/activate or call 1-877-367-8486.
    TiVo service is required. No functionality is represented or should be expected without a paid subscription to the TiVo service.
  2. Connect your TiVo box. Use the installation guide that came with your TiVo box to connect the box to your TV programming source, your home network, and your television.
  3. Complete Guided Setup. After connecting your TiVo box, follow the steps in the on-screen Guided Setup. This configures the TiVo box for your home and ensures you have the latest product updates.
  4. Take a tour! Once you’re done with Guided Setup, the Quick tours in this guide will introduce you to the great things you can do with your TiVo box.
  5. Visit tivo.com/howto For the latest information on how to use the features of your TiVo box (including new features as they become available), visit tivo.com/howto.
  6. Learn about accessibility features. Your TiVo box is equipped with assistive technologies for the visually- and hearing-impaired. Learn more in Quick tour – Accessibility Features, or by visiting tivo.com/accessibility.


When we talk about the TiVo service, here are some terms you should know:

  • Live TV. If you’re watching a show as it’s being broadcast, you’re watching live TV. You can pause live TV for up to 30 minutes. When you resume watching, you’re “behind” live TV. (You can always get to live TV by pressing the LIVE TV button on your remote).
  • Streaming. With the TiVo box, you can stream shows from sources like Amazon, Netflix, and your cable company’s video-on-demand service (if available). You can also stream recordings to your mobile device, or to/from another TiVo DVR in your network.
  • Host. When your TiVo DVR streams show to another TiVo box, your DVR is a “host.”
  • Client. The TiVo box receiving streaming shows is the “client.”TiVo DVRs can be both hosts and clients. The TiVo Mini is only a client.
  • Network Connection. Your TiVo DVR can connect to your home network through either a wireless or wired connection (using either Ethernet or MoCA). The TiVo Mini must use a wired connection. To get the most out of your TiVo DVR experience, especially if you want to stream shows, you must use a wired connection — either Ethernet or MoCA. For more on MoCA (Multimedia over Coax), see below. For more details on connecting your box to your home network, see the “Get set up” section on tivo.com/howto.
  • MoCA®. A MoCA (pronounced “Mocha,” like the chocolate-flavored coffee drink!) connection is a great option if you want a wired connection to your TiVo box but you don’t have easy access to a wired Ethernet cable. MoCA delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, but delivers it through your existing coax wire (the wire you use to receive cable TV). When you set up MoCA in your home, your TiVo box will receive cable TV and connect to your home network through that one cable! Just follow the instructions you’ll find at tivo.com/moca, and you’ll be ready to go in no time.
    And the best news? You can use your TiVo DVR to turn on MoCA throughout your whole home with nothing additional to buy! (This is not applicable to the TiVo Mini.)
  • TiVo service. If the TiVo box is the body, the TiVo service is the brains! The TiVo box uses the program information provided by the TiVo service to power the program guide, allows you to search for shows, and more.
  • Tuners. A tuner is a device found inside DVRs, TVs, cable boxes — anything designed to receive TV signals, including the TiVo box. A tuner picks one channel to display; it “tunes” to that channel. Your TiVo DVR has multiple tuners inside and can record a variety of shows at once. Pressing the LIVE TV button while watching live TV will cycle through your tuners. The TiVo Mini does not have its own tuner inside. Instead, when you want to watch TV or video on demand, your TiVo Mini “borrows” a tuner from the host DVR. You’ll choose a host DVR and set it up to share a tuner with your TiVo Mini when you go through Guided Setup.
  • OTA. OTA refers to “over-the-air” programming or a television signal that you receive using an HD antenna. The TiVo box can receive its television signal this way.
  • CableCARD decoder. Your TiVo DVR can use a CableCARD decoder to receive programming. If using a CableCARD, the TiVo box requires a multi-stream CableCARD (M-CARD), which will allow you to watch and record multiple shows at once. The CableCARD will replace your existing cable box. You can order a CableCARD from your cable provider.

FAQ’s TiVo Mini Getting Started Manual

How do I configure my TiVo mini?

Installation: When to Configure
Connect the Mini VOX and Mini LUX TiVo recorders to the TV.
 Use Ethernet or MoCA to connect the TiVo Mini-Series (Mini VOX and Mini LUX) to your home network.
Connect the power supply.
Activate Guided Setup.

How long does it take TiVo to launch?

Rebooting your DVR altogether can take ten to fifteen minutes. After your device restarts, it could take up to 24 hours for the guide and program information to fully load.

Why won’t my TiVo mini turn on?

Common causes of your TiVo equipment not turning on include potential surge damage. faulty power cable faulty power strip or outlet.

What does the TiVo Mini’s USB port serve?

The last port on the back panel is a USB port, however, at this time, only owners of TiVo Slide remote controls and the necessary USB Bluetooth adapter can use it. The one hardware component that we regret not having is HDMI-CEC.

Is TiVo subject to a monthly fee?

A monthly service plan with a one-year commitment and a $75 early termination fee1 at the current rate of $14.99 per month (plus all applicable taxes); or. A yearly service agreement, for the price of $149.99 per year (plus any applicable taxes) 

Does TiVo Mini support live TV viewing?

You can watch live TV and record programs using your TiVo Mini. Visit websites like Netflix, Prime Video, HBO GO, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, and others to get online entertainment. When using a TiVo EDGE, TiVo BOLT, or TiVo Roamio series device, take use of SkipMode® and QuickMode®.

With a TiVo mini unit, is Netflix free?

You can watch Netflix movies and TV shows directly on your TiVo box after activating your TiVo box on your Netflix account! No Netflix membership? No issue. Get a free month of Netflix!

Is TiVo better off in standby mode?

You can switch your TiVo box to Standby mode to save energy. Navigate to “Settings & Messages” on the TiVo Central screen, then push the round button in your remote’s middle that says “SELECT.” After that, select “Standby” and press “SELECT.”

What does it indicate when a TiVo box’s light flashes?

When a signal is received from the remote, a light flashes. When a phone call is ongoing, the light remains steady.

How come TiVo mini failed?

TiVo rarely promoted itself, and when it did, it did so ineffectively. It also didn’t licence its technology for broader use. Finally, it failed to anticipate the shift to streaming media. I’ll TiVo it, a product that had the potential to change the world, as a result, fell extinct almost immediately.

How can I get my TiVo mini to connect to WiFi?

Change the network settings on your TiVo box by going to “Settings & Messages” > “Network Settings” > “Change Network Settings.” Select “Connect using Wireless” next.

Where can I find the TiVo Mini manual?

The TiVo Mini manual can be found on the official TiVo website or through authorized retailers. It provides detailed instructions on setting up and using the TiVo Mini device.

Are there any instruction manuals specifically for the TiVo Mini?

Yes, TiVo provides instruction manuals specifically tailored for the TiVo Mini. These manuals offer step-by-step guidance on installation, setup, and utilizing the features of the TiVo Mini.

Are there user manuals available for TiVo products?

Yes, TiVo offers user manuals for various products, including the TiVo Mini. These manuals provide comprehensive information on using the TiVo devices, navigating the interface, and accessing different features.

Is there a service manual available for TiVo devices?

TiVo does not typically provide service manuals to end-users. For service-related issues or technical assistance, it is recommended to contact TiVo customer support or authorized service centers.

Can I download a PDF version of the TiVo Mini manual?

Yes, you can download a PDF version of the TiVo Mini manual. TiVo often provides PDF downloads of its manuals on its official website. To access the PDF manual for the TiVo Mini, visit the TiVo website and navigate to the support or documentation section. Look for the specific product page for the TiVo Mini, and you should find a downloadable PDF version of the manual available for download. Simply click on the download link to obtain the PDF file.

Are there user guides available for TiVo set-top boxes?

Yes, TiVo provides user guides for their set-top boxes, including the TiVo Mini. These guides offer detailed instructions, tips, and troubleshooting information to help users make the most of their TiVo set-top boxes.

What are some popular features of TiVo set-top boxes?

TiVo set-top boxes offer various features, such as advanced recording capabilities, seamless streaming from popular services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, personalized recommendations, voice control, and the ability to access live TV and on-demand content.

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