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TiVo without Subscription

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by BrennanU, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    heh, maybe they mixed in a demo unit to the refurb pile by accident adn when you unsubbed it the Tivo servers looked in some dark corners for that TSN and found that different status.
     
  2. lafos

    lafos Active Member

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    Has anyone published a list of the status codes? My status G has a six-digit number next to it that sorta looks like a dat in yymmdd format, but it makes no sense. Brennan's I status just has a hyphen. Does that mean anything?
     
  3. fallingwater

    fallingwater New Member

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    Well, this is interesting!

    I have a 240 version S2 TiVo which at one time had Lifetime Service. It is running TiVo s/w version 8.1-01-2-140 and hasn't communicated with TiVo since before its Lifetime Service ended. The last time it succesfully contacted TiVo was Jan. 23, 2008. It hasn't been plugged in since soon after May 15, 2008 when a manual recording was made. It shows TiVo Service Level: I: -

    Today I plugged the 240 S2 in and let it boot up. It works fine. It shows a TiVo Service Interrupted nagscreen when the Info button is pushed or when returning to Live TV from TiVo Central. When the Guide button is pushed it shows a different TiVo service interrupted message (Service Message 100) which requires the Select button to exit to TiVo Central.

    Pushing the Record button offers Record this Program at Best Quality which works and can be modified (extended or made KUID) in Now Playing while the recording is in progress. However if the screen's other option, Season Pass & other options, is selected the box stops responding to the remote completely and must be manually rebooted to restore remote functionality after which it works fine again.

    Go figure! :)

    (BTW, setting up future Manual Recordings through the Find Programs screen also works. After almost a year the clock is 10 minutes fast.)
     
  4. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    My old S1 (before it broke) could not only do manual records while unsubbed, but I could connect to the mother servers to keep the clock accurate and in synch, and manual recordings still worked fine. As I recall, even the KAM feature worked, as did the To Do List, and repeating recordings worked.
     
  5. TooMuchTime

    TooMuchTime New Member

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    Mine looks like this: C: nnnnnn. It actually looks like MMDDYY format. It may mean "Current: until this date." That is, until your credit card gets charged again. Not sure what G: is - are you sure it's not C: and you're just misreading it? I've read somewhere that someone saw a J:, K:, and P: in the service level. So, we've got six to decipher.

    C: nnnnnn (Current until date?)
    G: nnnnnn (unknown)
    I: - (Inactive?)
    J: nnnnnn (unknown)
    K: nnnnnn (unknown)
    P: - (unknown)

    Of course, with all those letters used, the letter may have no meaning (C=Current) other than just being a code. It's like trying to decode a Vehicle Identification Number without the key.
     
  6. rrram2

    rrram2 DVR SUPER USER

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    Even though I love the DVR that comes with the direct tv subscription,
    I am sure this DVR thing costs me at least $9.99/mo

    Anyone know off hand what the biggest Harddrive available is, in the latest TiVo Hardware?
     
  7. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Series 2 DT: 80GB
    TiVo HD: 160GB
    TiVo HD-XL: 1TB
    The HD models can have a certain 500GB HDD added.

    Of course, you can self expand all models on your own, or with the assistance of a TiVo upgrade company.

    Only the Series 2 DT (of the current line), works with DirecTV.
    The HD models (including the discontinued Series 3, which as a 250GB HDD BTW).

    The base TiVo service cost is $12.95/month for the first, and $9.95 for each additional, with prepay and Product Lifetime discounts for either.
     
  8. kwsmith2

    kwsmith2 New Member

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    Is it possible to serve video to your Tivo without a subscription. I have a tivo upstairs that I never record anything on. I only watch things recorded downstairs after transfer.

    Can I cancel the service and still transfer?
     
  9. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    No without a sub the TiVo is a paper weight (almost).
     
  10. Mattiekrome

    Mattiekrome New Member

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    I've been using my old series 2? w/out a sub for nearly a year (will be a year next month) to do manual recordings. I dont have the specifics of it, but it was purchased around the Oct/Nov 2004 timeframe. The clock time is around 1 hr 15 minutes off (daylight savings time), but if you plan it out it works like a charm.
     
  11. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    TiVo can do that, often as a circumstance of being disconnected from the network/phone before service is canceled. Some features eventually disappear, including network transfer, as well if it does call home, it will find its actual sub status and operate as such.
     
  12. BrennanU

    BrennanU New Member

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    Just an update on my unit. I (probably stupidly) decided to hook up my network adaptor and let the unit call in to update the time, and now it will not allow manual record. The service status is now G:(some sort of date code). I believe that it is the date the sub on it was set to expire. I may try a few different guided setup options and see if I can get it working again.
     
  13. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Uh oh, I think once that happens, you're SOL unless you subscribe. I guess you could do a minimum one year sub and let it expire again, and make sure it doesn't call in.
     
  14. BrennanU

    BrennanU New Member

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    Yea, that was probably rather stupid. The thing that gives me hope is that I did call in once, which seems to be what enabled manual recordings. Also, if i remember correctly, when I reran guided setup the last time, it wouldnt work for the first few weeks, but one day it started working.
     

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