TiVo has officially launched the TiVo Mini, a DVR extender box that lets users of select TiVo DVRs watch their content on other TVs without having to buy another dedicated TiVo recording device for each room in the house.
TiVo is positioning the TiVo Mini as a companion device to regular TiVo boxes, as it can stream both live and recorded TV; utilize services like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Hulu Plus (no Netflix just yet, however); set up recordings and more. Basically, it does a lot of what other TiVos do.
But the little black box does come with a few caveats. It’s only compatible with the latest TiVo Premiere 4 and Premiere XL4/Elite DVRs, so owners of earlier TiVos are going to be left out in the cold. It also requires a wired Internet connection, which is something of a rarity in tech these days.
Finally, the $99 price tag TiVo lists for the TiVo Mini is misleading – owning the box will also run users either a monthly subscription fee of $5.99, or a one-time additional fee of $149.99.