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Do I need an actual HD antenna?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jdillinger, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. jdillinger

    jdillinger New Member

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    The thing is, the guy who i bought the tivo box from has lifetime service. He upgraded his box in which they were able to add to his account and move the lifetime service to that box. He then sold me his Series 3. I just wanted to confirm.

    What do customers do when they want to upgrade their box if they already have lifetime service?
     
  2. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    I think normally TiVo does not move Product Lifetime Service from one box to another, although they may occasionally make an exception and do it for a fee. Normally you buy a new box and put PLS on it (with the multi-service discount), then you sell the old box complete with its PLS (if you no longer need it).

    When people purchase a new Premiere unit, TiVo has been offering to put PLS on their old Series 3 box for $99. Maybe the guy who sold you his Series 3 could have done that. Maybe he still could. Maybe you could even do that. Call TiVo and ask what the subscription status is for the box you bought.
     
  3. JimG19

    JimG19 Member

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    Buy the upgraded box and buy new service for it. Lifetime is not transferable from an old box to a new box.
     
  4. jdillinger

    jdillinger New Member

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    Ahh bummer...wish i had known that...
     
  5. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    He's NOT "stealing" anything legal beagle! As you should already know, spectrum has to be open around the forward channel for Internal access, so any 'in the clear' channel, which are usually OTA, will be available.
    The exact same stations that are available for free anyway, so what's the problem?.
     
  6. pdhenry

    pdhenry Safety Pin

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    He's not paying for cable TV, aside from the higher internet fees Comcast charges for having Internet without TV. The cost for Internet plus limited basic is similar to Internet without TV but not the same. The fact that he can receive a signal on his TV or TiVo doesn't change this.
     
  7. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    It's not his doing that the channels are available. Stop taking the sides of big business that constantly has their hand out for more $$. It's the same signal that is "free" OTA.
     
  8. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Yeah, I just hate it when I have to pay for anything where someone actually gets rewarded with dirty profit for providing it. The world would be so much better if all goods and services were either provided free by altruistic people (i.e., all consumers are beggars), or by government (i.e., least common denominator choices of goods, no selection or style, outrageous prices due to waste and corruption -- recently tried in the USSR). Yeah, that would be great, right? :rolleyes:
     

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