Originally Posted by A J Ricaud
Sorry if this has been answered before. I am thinking of giving a Tivo Series 3 OLED to my uncle. He will have only a cell phone and no internet service. He will have Charter cable service in SoCal and I would set it up w/ 2 Cable Cards.
Will he need a landline for guide updates or any other reason? I don't imagine that there will be any firmware updates any time soon? I can do a clear and delete before I give it to him. Will I be able to do guided setup w/o a landline?
The TiVo will need either a phone line or an internet connection to download the guide data (what shows are on which channel at what time).
Also it will need one or the other to keep the clock set so that when you tell it to start recording at 8pm, it starts at 8pm and not a minute or 3 either side of it that it thinks is 8pm.
Also you won't be able to do Guided Setup without some way for the TiVo to connect to the TiVo, Inc. servers, because you tell it the zip code the TiVo is in (or is going to be in, I suppose in your case), and only then does it download info about available cable companies and local broadcast channels, even before it downloads guide data.
Can his cell phone access the internet at all?