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adding used mini to account

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by mikec49, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. CableNeverTHISBad

    CableNeverTHISBad New Member

    Feb 15, 2018
    Thanks! I know this is an old thread, but it is as close to any form of customer support I can find!

    I really love the features of TiVo Roamio. That is why I am struggling to make it work throughout the house before ditching it for a buffering streaming Tablo.
  2. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    I have never bought a new Mini, but I have bought several used. The last one I bought was early 2016 and had no problems updating the software several times. I have had to return a couple of Mins and Streams in the past that were "misrepresented" (i.e., stolen from cable companies) that Tivo refused to activate (rightfully so).

    My gut feel on this thread is that the posters had issues because the ones they bought were stolen like my bad ones. Big lots of "new" units typically fall off the cable guy's truck rather than get shoplifted from Best Buy. I've follow this board for a long time and never gotten the impression that the v70 error is widespread. My own experience, albeit pre-2017, bears this out.

    Bottom line, as long as you verify with Tivo ahead of time that the TSN is legit and transferrable and confirm that it matches the unit once it's in your hands, before any money exchange, I think your risk is low. But given that there is indeed some risk, that gives you room to negotiate a much lower price. If this level of risk is unacceptable, then you'll have to pay full price for a new model. I would personally take a gamble for $50, but not much more. However, it's your money, not mine.

    Good luck
  3. CableNeverTHISBad

    CableNeverTHISBad New Member

    Feb 15, 2018
    Great post, thank you! If I can scoop up the Craigslist minis 50mi away before someone else does, I will risk it.

    I still plan to pester TiVo to make good on the non working equipment they sold me through Amazon however. My timing was bad, bought old gear Rovi was dumping as "refurbished", ...when refurbished should mean having adequately current software to work! DOA product not acceptable even if the company is struggling.
  4. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Just to add to the general happiness here with another confirmation: I purchased a used '93000 Mini on eBay, and had no trouble activating it.

    The seller promised a TiVo case number in the eBay description, and provided that when I received the unit. I called TiVo customer service at 1-877-367-8486, selected Activation, and the rep had no problem transferring it to me. By the end of the call it was already listed on the TiVo website under my list of Active TiVo Devices.

    The website still shows the original owner's activation date, but that has no effect on me and I was able to customize the name immediately. After setup it complained that my main TiVo was not yet upgraded to Hydra, but I want no part of that until they get the bugs out (same reason I avoided buying a Mini Vox), and elected to downgrade. Done.
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  5. leenga

    leenga New Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    So I bought a used mini on Ebay. When I tried to activate they are telling me I need to pay $50 for all in service because the previous owner only had temporary service. Does this make sense to anyone??
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I don't know if this is it but, Minis did not originally come with a Lifetime (or other) subscription; you had to buy that on the side, in addition to the Mini--pay a monthly subscription fee or buy Lifetime. When the move was made to the current model (TiVo raised the price of the Mini but the Mini now came with a Lifetime subscription), you could, IIRC, buy a Lifetime subscription for the originally-priced Mini for a minimal amount. Perhaps your Mini fell into this category? (But I'll leave it to others who will know more.) Some info. (and note the comments): https://zatznotfunny.com/2014-09/tivo-mini-drops-service-fee/.
  7. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    Yeah some of the original 92000 Minis didn't come with lifetime service. I think there used to be a trick to getting free lifetime service on them. If you pay the $50 to get it onto your account, and then cancel service within the 30-day window to get a refund, the Mini should then be on your account as inactive. You can then go in and activate lifetime service on it for free. I'm pretty sure this trick used to work a long time ago, but I have no idea if it still will.
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