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Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by iaw4, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Sep 5, 2012 #1 of 14
    iaw4

    iaw4 New Member

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    I only get OTA broadcasts. something like 10 channels.

    I own two TIVO Premieres, both out of their 12-months committed service.

    It is not worth $30/month for me to get a TIVO subscription. what I really need is a $5/month subscription-lite that has schedules only for the next 24 hours.

    are there any other subscription options?

    /iaw
     
  2. Sep 5, 2012 #2 of 14
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    There are no other subscription options, just the premiere has a somewhat lower subscription rate, 14.99 for the 1st, and 12.99 for secondary subscriptions.
     
  3. Sep 5, 2012 #3 of 14
    MeInDallas

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    They used to have specials for OTA only, and I think it was $9.99 a month, but I havent seen it for awhile now. I cant remember if that was before or after the Premiere came out.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2012 #4 of 14
    Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Active Member

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    This is EXACTLY why it would have been GREAT if TiVo had made the 4 tuner models capable of receiving OTA. I've heard the same complaint from others who really like TiVo for OTA: the additional fee for the 2nd box just makes the cost of FREE TV outrageous. The IP STB could be an affordable solution for 4 tuner OTA if one needed TiVo in another room. But it is unfortunate that TiVo is not a realistic option for those who want OTA in more than one room.

    That leaves the far inferior Channel Master OTA DVR with either the free, but limited EPG or the multi-day, enhanced EPG for an annual fee that is lower than TiVo's monthly fee for 12 months. However, the Channel Master is NOT a "smart" DVR. No name based recording nor any other sophisticated features found on TiVo, satellite, or even cable DVR's.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2012 #5 of 14
    unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    As far as I know that was a Premiere only special that ran out at the end of last November (2011), where it was $9.99 per month if you only used it for over the air reception.

    Hook it to cable and the rate jumped to the full amount.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2012 #6 of 14
    iaw4

    iaw4 New Member

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    should have bought a Channel Master...will recommend the competition to TIVO in the future. :-( . will run my TIVO without any guide simply to record by hand now.

    yes, cable with hundreds of channels is $30 in my area. $15/month is ridiculous for no programming.

    /iaw
     
  7. Sep 5, 2012 #7 of 14
    iaw4

    iaw4 New Member

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    I am pretty sure that the answer is no, but let me ask anyway. can TIVO devices display OTA EPG info?
     
  8. Sep 5, 2012 #8 of 14
    jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    Don't shoot the messenger. Others have more experience, but I'm fairly sure that this will not be possible once you stop paying for service.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=491428

    There are other threads out there, but I don't have time to search for them.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2012 #9 of 14
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    A TIVo Premiere w/o a subscription is nothing more than a tv tuner. It will not record anything including the 30 minute buffer. Unless you have an old analog tv, an unsub'd Premiere is a useless waste of electricity.
     
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Series 3 and above, including Premiere, with exception of Premiere 4, and 4XL, if subscribed to Tivo service will have Program guide for OTA and cable, even both at the same time.
     
  11. iaw4

    iaw4 New Member

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    pity...and I won't shoot the messenger.

    can a networked TIVO stream to another networked TIVO? is it enough if the source has the subscription, or do both need to have it?

    how about using it to watch netflix? also impossible w/o subscription?

    how sad---it would cost nothing to allow it to be used as a dumb VCR.
     
  12. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Both need to be subscribed to use it. Even record or stream, transfer, anything. Without a sub, its like a dumb TV without a screen.
     
  13. iaw4

    iaw4 New Member

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    ok. what about shows I recorded while I still had a subscription. can they still be accessed at this point?

    /iaw
     
  14. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Yes, you will have access to shows that are already recorded and you can watch them, but I believe you will lose the trick play functions
    (FF, RW, instant replay).
     

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