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TivoHD and S1 Grandfathered Lifetime Transfers

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gbronzer, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. TheBar1

    TheBar1 Long Time Lurker

    Dec 26, 2001
    Northern NJ
    I'm looking to switch to TiVo HD on FiOS from my lifetimed DirectTiVo. I have not purchased a TiVO HD unit yet, so I want to make sure I take all the right steps to save money.

    Is it too late to take advantage of the offer you used?
  2. silypuddy

    silypuddy New Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Does anyone know the order of transfer if one buys a grandfather tivo off e-bay?

    Should they transfer the lifetime s1 to themself and then to the new HD/S3


    Should they transfer the lifetime s1 to the new HD/S3 and then to themself?

    I don't want to lose the transfer option just because the s1 is transferred to me and then to the HD/S3.
  3. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I would just say be very carefuly buying a "grandfathered" S1 Tivo on ebay. It has to be both grandfathered and have valid, active lifetime service. Those are getting pretty rare these days.

    I once bought a "lifetime" S1 tivo on ebay only to find out (a) it was DOA and (b) not lifetime. Luckily, the seller took it back for a full refund.
  4. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor MI
    I just recently purchased a Grandfathered S1 on ebay last week, immidiately transferred it to my acct so the seller couldnt swap it to someone elses acct while you wait for it to arrive. Then picked up my TivoHD last nite and swapped the Lifetime Sub, I was a bit wary of the transferring od the unit to another acct wiping out the clause but it was A ok. Good luck. Just be sure to get that dvr service number immediately. You will need their name and address to transfer the unit, its pretty easy.
  5. nomayo

    nomayo High, Deaf...

    Apr 18, 2002
    It took me nearly an hour on hold, but I can confirm that they are allowing the one-time transfer to the TivoHD. They may initially balk at the idea and tell you they're not able. Just ask for a supervisor and they'll get you set up.
  6. silypuddy

    silypuddy New Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    I just did a transfer today.

    Took 10 minutes and I didn't even have to talk to a supervisor.

    Either she knew all about the grandfather clause, or just did a transfer because I was lucky.

    She just asked for the old tivo number, owner's name and new tivo number.

    I guess I should have tried to transfer my S2 lifetime...
  7. dancrevier

    dancrevier New Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    I called to transfer today and the woman I talked to said I could only transfer to the series 3, not the TivoHD. I called back and talked to someone else who did the transfer with no complaint.
  8. Glich

    Glich New Member

    Feb 18, 2002
    I transfered mine 2 weeks ago. First the lady said they were not offering lifetime trasfers but then i said "If there from 1999 you are" she went dead air for 3-4 sec then said o o ya sorry whats the serial number? Now only if i get 7 years out of this tivo. :)
  9. missdona

    missdona Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    What happens to your old series 1 when you do a transfer?

    What's the best method to get a transfer? Talk to sales? Service?
  10. Televisionary

    Televisionary Member

    Oct 24, 2000
    I bought lifetime for my old 13...30-hour S1, but on tivo.com, it says it had "Monthly Service." Anyone else experience this?

  11. robmfielding

    robmfielding New Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Your old Tivo Series 1 loses its subscription immediately. It will not function as a Tivo until you resubscribe it on a new plan.

    I talked to sales and had no problem with the transfer.
  12. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Wont' it will function until the guide data runs out if you don't allow it to call in after the transfer?

  13. robmfielding

    robmfielding New Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Yes, that is true, I meant immediately meaning as soon as it completes its next call in. So let's say no more than 10 days or so.
  14. cgould

    cgould Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    The point you were eligible was during the initial S3 rollout (at full $800 cost, plus the $200 lifetime txfer cost.) I did my Sony S1 box at that time. I'm 2000 so wasn't in the 1999 grandfather either (D'oh!) So far don't think they'll make another "transfer existing lifetime" offer unfortunately, but who knows.

    Lifetime is the box, not user. If your box dies, replace the harddrive :) if it's not the harddrive, well... for the txfers you normally have to have an active account, so the box has to be alive enough to call in periodically...
  15. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Napa, CA
    I have three TiVos all with lifetime subscription but I don’t recall when I activated them. The first one may qualify. What is the easiest way to find out?

    I want to try the over the air HD so if I can’t transfer I’m building a media PC to do it. I think three lifetime subscriptions from one customer are more than enough. I’ve never even called them for support. :)

  16. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Go to "Manage Your Account" and hit the "Name your DVRs" or something like that and it will show you the activation date.
  17. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Napa, CA
    I had done that before but there is no link on any of the names or anything that I can see. Just a list of the three but no activation information. :(
  18. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    You didn't go to the right page. It's not on the overview page, but on the name your Tivo page. Each Tivo will show a service type and activation date.
  19. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    Mar 1, 2003

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