Originally Posted by penguin1029
If I image a drive would my Lifetime still work?
As long as the image is from a hard drive with the same or a lower LBA number, a 140 or a 240 image should work.
If you absolutely have to have a 140060 image I can make you one.
There's an integrated circuit on the TiVo motherboard called the "crypto chip", and the TiVo Service Number is stored on it, up through the Series 3s.
When the TiVo contacts TiVo, Inc. for show guide data or whatever, it reports that TSN to the TiVo servers, they check their database, and tell the TiVo what its account status is.
So that's how your TiVo knows it has a lifetime sub.
As long as the motherboard works and the crypto chip is in place, it's got lifetime.