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How to tell if used Tivo can be activated?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by cmayo, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. cmayo

    cmayo New Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Before I bought my secondhand Series 2 a couple years ago, seems like I found something on the Tivo site that checked the TSN to make sure it was free and clear of any previous contracts. That unit cratered last week and I'd like to pick up another secondhand unit, but for the life of me can't figure out how to check the service number to make sure the unit I'm buying can be activated.

    Anyone know how I can check the TSN to make sure a secondhand unit can be activated/transferred to my Tivo account?
  2. True Colors

    True Colors Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I do not think that you can access that information online. You will have to call Tivo customer service.

    If you give them the service number from the box you are interested in buying then they will be glad to give you the basic information about it(like, does it have a lifetime subscription, etc.).


    To my knowledge all Tivo boxes are eligible to be transferred.......unless it is stolen or something.


    p.s. I do not know which type of Tivo you are interested in buying, but I am about to put one up for sale. I have a dual tuner Tivo with a 160 gig hard drive. It is only about 4 years old and it is in perfect condition. I even have the original packaging.

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