Activation question

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Corey11, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Corey11

    Corey11 New Member

    Oct 11, 2007


    I would like to purchase a series 2 to record from a dish network receiver. Do you need to activate Tivos if you are just using them as a recorder and not using the Tivo service? Is this even possible?
  2. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

    Sep 21, 2005
    "Using them as a recorder" = "Using the Tivo service", so no.

    Unactivated S2 boxes don't work. Full stop.
  3. wolflord11

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

    Jan 16, 2007
    GoHokies is correct. The Series 2 Tivo units will not work without a Subscription.

    So you will need to have a Subscription with Tivo to use the unit.

    And welcome to the Forum.
  4. FatesWebb

    FatesWebb New Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    actually, they will work as 30 minute rewind, and fast forward, no permanent recordings. but you can rewind live tv. That was how I used mine for the first 6 months before activation.
  5. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.


    The TiVo service is more than guide data, despite that is essentially all that is delivered by the daily call. The "service" includes the right and ability to use all the networking and recording features, and access to the guide data. Not subscribing eliminates those "rights".
  6. parzec

    parzec Wizard of Oz

    Jun 21, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    Actually -- not entirely true. Depending on how you classify the Toshiba DVD Recording Models -- they provide 2 days of guide data, program information and the ability to record with no subscription. It is called Tivo Basic, and these units are available on Ebay. I have one and it works great. This is probaly what you would need for your purposes.

    Also, I have a 540 model series 2 on 7.1b and I am using it for manual recording, 30 minute buffer and live pause - but it does not have guide data. It is not connected to the internet or phone line to avoid an interruption of this feature from any unwanted software updates.

    So the answer is YES, it is *possible* to use a Series 2 for manual record.
  7. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Technically, I am correct. For those Toshiba and Pioneer units, those manufacturers "subscribed" to the Basic level service for you.

    For other Series 2/3units, they aren't supposed to work without service, but could if the TiVo is physically disconnected from the phone or network before the service is canceled on it. You cannot purchase such a Series 2 and use it without service.

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