A second TiVo - do I need to subscribe if...

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Pedel, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Pedel

    Pedel New Member

    Jan 17, 2006


    I'm new to the forum - so thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

    I'm a new convert to TiVo. I have a Series 2 and have it networked. I'd like to add a second TiVo to just watch shows in another room. If I were to buy a second TiVo (e.g. used off EBay), could I connect it to my network and transfer shows from my main TiVo if I don't have a subscription to the second TiVo?

    Basically, I'm asking if I can use the second TiVo as just a reciever of shows off of the main one without paying a second monthly fee. I know that if I want to record shows on the second one I need a subscription, but not sure if I need to have it just to watch shows I passed over from the first. Thanks.
  2. netserf57

    netserf57 New Member

    Nov 7, 2005
    Severn, MD

    Bad news/Good news. Bad news is second TiVo needs a subscription to do peer to peer networking. Good news is that it is only $7.99 a month for the second TiVo.
  3. Pedel

    Pedel New Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Thanks for the quick reply! Oh well - it was worth asking....
  4. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    Actually, additional units are only $6.95/month.

  5. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

    Oct 15, 2002


    Yes, if all he wants to do is use it in his networking but not carry any guide data or doing any calling in or recording of shows, then it does seem like a raw deal that he should have to subscribe it.
  6. dgh

    dgh New Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    As long as TiVo wants to sell hardware at or below cost, they're going to continue "encouraging" a subscription, even if you want to use it as a doorstop ;)
  7. hitbyatrain

    hitbyatrain Your Hero

    Aug 15, 2004
    If he wants, he can use the Tivo2Go functionality to push shows to his desktop PC, and then burn them to DVDs which he can THEN watch on his other television.
  8. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    well as long as he pays 200$ and covers all the hardware costs then maybe that is valid, but at what benefit to TiVo who is in business to make a return on the TiVos sold. So all Series 2 needs a subscription.

    PS congrats to the OP for quickly hitting the "ask a question covered in many, many threads already" milestone ;) Welocme to the TiVolution
  9. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Drexel Hill, PA
    Or just buy a product such as Terk Leapfrog which will send the TiVo signal to another TV in the house. No messing with transferring shows.

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