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What does one do with old TiVo series 1 boxes?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Tanquen, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. brucedl

    brucedl New Member

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    My Series 1 had been sitting unused since about 2011 when my father said it stopped working. I had been getting my Tivo service through satellite, and then through rented cable TiVo boxes, and occasionally thought about transferring that lifetime service, but never did, until now. I had purchased the lifetime on it in 1999! Happy TiVo user here.

    Now, what to do with this Series 1, which actually still does boot up??
     
  2. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    The shipping cost is more than it is worth, unless you find somebody nearby, then it still not worth the trouble to set it up, Toss it, as you got your money worth from it.
     
  3. shwru980r

    shwru980r Active Member

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    If you itemize your deductions for tax purposes, donate it to goodwill.
     
  4. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

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    So you HAVE transferred the lifetime?
     
  5. gthassell

    gthassell Member

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    be sure to check the original activation date on any old Series 1, especially the PTV100 model. If the original LIFETIME activation date is prior to January 21, 2000, then it is a special "grandfathered" unit, and the Lifetime service is transferable to any unsubscribed box with no commitment.

    Interesting thing is that when it does get transferred, the S1 appears to have never been activated, and the new box shows the S1's original Lifetime activation date.

    As a result, I have a Roamio Pro that several CSR's have referred to as a "time travelling Roamio" because of it's 1999 activation date. ;)
     
  6. HerronScott

    HerronScott Active Member

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    They did that when they had the $199 Lifetime service transfer offer for the S3 OLED's so one of ours has a 2000 activation date and the second has a 2002 activation date.

    Scott
     
  7. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    open dumpster, insert Tivo, close dumpster.
     
  8. brucedl

    brucedl New Member

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    Yes. the Lifetime has been transferred. Best tech purchase ever made.
     
  9. kettledrum

    kettledrum Member

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    At a minimum you should take this to an electronics recycling place rather than put this in the landfill.

    My area has several options for disposing of old electronics for free.

    Here is a site that help assist with this. http://www.eiae.org/
     
  10. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    :up:;)
     
  11. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    I think any Best Buy will accept old electronics for recycling.
     

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