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Old 12-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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What can I do with a Series 2 SD Lifetime Tivo - projects?

My bro-inlaw gave me his old S2 Lifetime TiVo and I wanted to know what I can do with it aside from trash it? I have currently have 3 lifetime S3 HDTivos so i don't need another but there must be some use. I don't want to even deal with selling it so that's not an option....
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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My bro-inlaw gave me his old S2 Lifetime TiVo and I wanted to know what I can do with it aside from trash it? I have currently have 3 lifetime S3 HDTivos so i don't need another but there must be some use. I don't want to even deal with selling it so that's not an option....
Which model?
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Which model?
I don't have the unit in front of me but it's a standard philips single tuner - I think I threw a 250gb hd in it a few years back
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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I don't have the unit in front of me but it's a standard philips single tuner - I think I threw a 250gb hd in it a few years back
I didn't think Philips made Series 2 TiVos. Only Series 1 ones.

You could use it record video from a security camera at home or business. Or maybe as a big time nanny cam recorder?!

Or you could give it to a friend or family that still uses SD TVs or maybe to record game play?
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Still want to know the model number, but any lifetimed S1 or S2 can do analog cable, and it can always serve as someone's anchor unit for MSD on other sets.

I wonder how many times you could get away with using it to get MSD lifetime on another unit and then transferring ownership of it to someone else who uses it to get MSD lifetime and then transfers ownership to someone else who uses it to get MSD lifetime...
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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I texted him and he said it is precisely "TiVo Series 2 TCD540080"

I want to find a use for it but am not sure as to what to do

What is MSD?
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I texted him and he said it is precisely "TiVo Series 2 TCD540080"

I want to find a use for it but am not sure as to what to do

What is MSD?
Multi-Set Discount.

You have to have one TiVo on which you already have paid the full price for a lifetime subscription or on which you are currently paying the full price each month on a monthly subscription, and then you get a discount on the subscription price on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th TiVos added to your account.

For example, because I had a lifetimed Series 1, when I got a used unsubscribed Series 2, I was able to set it up on a monthly subscription price of $9.95 instead of $12.95

The current price for lifetime, officially known as Product Lifetime Service, is $499.99

If you have a qualifying unit already, known as an anchor unit, and get another TiVo, you can get lifetime for it for $399.99

The monthly rates on Series 4 and Series 5 TiVos are higher than $12.95 and $9.95 by a few bucks, but lifetime subs are the same price no matter how old the unit.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:21 AM   #8
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Do you just want a use for it, or a practical use?

You could experiment to see if the recent-est software will let a Series 2 use a 2TB drive, and if that's successful you could then experiment to see if you can add a second 2TB drive, since S2s, like S1s, are PATA/IDE and not SATA, and so can have 2 drives on the one ribbon cable.

(this will require a Marvell or JMicron chipset based adapter since there are no IDE 2TB drives)

If you record anything in SD on your S3s instead of HD, and the anti-copy bit isn't set on it, you can copy it to the 540 and watch in a different room on a different TV.

What part of the country are you in?

Are there any cable companies in the area still doing analog instead of just digital?

If you aren't going to keep it, we need to find it a good home.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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Do you just want a use for it, or a practical use?

You could experiment to see if the recent-est software will let a Series 2 use a 2TB drive, and if that's successful you could then experiment to see if you can add a second 2TB drive, since S2s, like S1s, are PATA/IDE and not SATA, and so can have 2 drives on the one ribbon cable.

(this will require a Marvell or JMicron chipset based adapter since there are no IDE 2TB drives)

If you record anything in SD on your S3s instead of HD, and the anti-copy bit isn't set on it, you can copy it to the 540 and watch in a different room on a different TV.

What part of the country are you in?

Are there any cable companies in the area still doing analog instead of just digital?

If you aren't going to keep it, we need to find it a good home.
I am in NY (Cablevision) No analog cable here but I think I would rig up a decent antennae for OTA. I have a fairly large collection of vintage video games so I guess I could always have it connected to that setup with the SD TV.

I wish there was a way to yank the subscription and install in another HD box.
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