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can a TiVo Premiere Series4 work without cable?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by damiancabello, May 26, 2014.

  1. damiancabello

    damiancabello New Member

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    I got a tivo for $30 at the goodwill and was wondering if it will work without cable. I tried to do it but I don't know how.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Which model exactly?

    The Premiere 2 tuner models will work on OTA (antenna), analog and digital cable.

    The 4 tuner models only works on digital cable.
     
  3. damiancabello

    damiancabello New Member

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    On the back it says tcd746320
     
  4. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    If you google that, you'll see that it is a two tuner model that supports OTA and cablecards.

    You'll need to contact Tivo to see if it is a lifetime box or if you need to establish service on your own.
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    or set it up and check the subscription status on the system information screen.
     
  6. damiancabello

    damiancabello New Member

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    Ok. The product has lifetime service.
     
  7. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    You get the find of the year award. Nice.
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Boy, talk about beginner's luck.

    If it was unsubbed and you went to buy lifetime, they'd charge you $500.

    Although there's an outside chance that the unit did have Service Level 5: Product Lifetime Service at one point and somehow the owner got TiVo to move that subscription to a different box (almost never ever happens anymore), and it just hasn't connected to the TiVo, Inc. servers since then and gotten the news that the status has changed.

    On the back where the model number was should also be the Tivo Service Number.

    TiVo customer service can take that number and tell you the account status, 'cause the TSN is what it's tied to in their database, and when the TiVo "phones home" it reports that number to the mothership, which looks it up and tells the TiVo what the account status is and that's what the TiVo remembers until the next time it makes contact and they go through that whole process again.

    If it turns out the status has changed and the lifetime was moved by the previous owner to another TiVo, it could be they had that one in service for about 3 years and could have gotten TiVo to give them (a new) lifetime on it for $99 (there are several threads around here about $99 lifetime on Series 3 and Series 4 units that people were otherwise going to cancel service on), so you could try telling a TiVo Customer Service Rep that if they give you lifetime on it for $99 it'd be the same money as they would have gotten if the previous owner had done it and you'd paid more for the set up front.
     
  9. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Or as I've already said, just set up the tivo - it connects to tivo in the process which updates the account status. you don't even have to actually do the set up process, you can just force a daily connection. The OP has probably already done this.
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I'd rather know in advance before letting it connect whether that's going to change what it thinks its status is--that way I could use it for awhile to see if I liked it enough to pay the monthly or try for the $99 version of lifetime.
     
  11. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    How do you use a tivo for a while w/o getting guide data or setting it up for your signal source?
     

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