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What to do with old Series 3??

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by theinfamous, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. squint

    squint New Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    The new owner should create an account and have it transferred but some people aren't interested in transferring shows between TiVos and don't take this step.

    I've never sold a TiVo (yet) but past discussions suggest that units you purchased remain on your account in some form (perhaps as inactive devices?) unless you jump through certain hoops to get them completely removed. So, yeah, it's come up before but I couldn't tell you offhand what search terms to use.

    New owners of secondhand lifetime units only have to have the TiVo call in from their zipcode to transfer it to their account.
  2. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    The first HD TiVo box I ever bought was acting funny (or so I thought) and I returned it to Best Buy and swapped it for a new one. It's STILL on my account 8 years later as "This device can not be activated because it's been activated on another account" or some such thing. But it's still there. I wonder if they deactivated it what would happen? Could I then activate it on my account? :p
  3. DougJohnson

    DougJohnson Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    I did this earlier in the year. After selling it on ebay, I called TiVo and told them I had sold it. They gave me a number to give to the buyer that would allow them to transfer it to their account. A week or so after the buyer received it, it disappeared from my account. -- Doug
  4. szwjunk

    szwjunk New Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Many thanks to all who took the time to reply to my question about transferring a TiVo to a new owner - it's much appreciated.

  5. tyd450

    tyd450 New Member

    Jul 21, 2014
    i saw one for sale on ebay and the seller stated that he was offered the $99 lifetime upgrade deal from Tivo and he would have that transferred to the buyer. I called TIVO and they said that the upgrade offer itself could not be transfered. But obviously the seller could pay to upgrade then the lifetime would transfer. I think the buyer on that one is going to get screwed.
  6. squint

    squint New Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    That guy was basically asking $150 for a Tivo HD without lifetime. It's come up before here and the suggestion to pay the $99 and then sell it was seemingly ignored. Well, the reason we suggested the seller buy lifetime first is because no one's going to pay $150 for a Tivo HD that might qualify for $99 lifetime.
  7. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    I have bought and sold a few lifetime TiVOs over the years and what I wound up doing is initially putting the TiVo on a secondary account/email. Then move it over to my main email. I can then use the MRV feature with all my other normal TiVos.

    When I went ahead and sold them, they would completely disappear from my main account/email. They were still on the secondary account (since that is where the lifetime purchase was made), but I don't really use it except for this reason and the purpose of possibly selling my units down the (& then not wanting them showing up on my main account in any way). Just a thought & suggestion to pass along.
  8. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Similarly I'd put the S3 on a secondary account prior to selling it. You are assured its off your main account before transferring the box - and the account - to the new owner. At that point, its up to them how they want to deal with moving it to their main account, but you no longer have to worry.

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