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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Chris Cardone, Jul 30, 2018.
Does BOLT OTA need a subscription to work?
(Sorry if dumb question). Thanks
Every TIVO needs a subscription to use most of the features. If you just want to watch OTA TV with no guide, no DVR etc you can do that for free.
You may want to consider using a home theater PC which does not require a service fee.
Ted's DVR and Home Theater PC Notes: TiVo Premiere Manual Recording Without TiVo Service
Yes, but its included in the price for the OTA models I think.
It's included for the OTA-only Roamio, but there is no OTA-only Bolt so service is still required for all Bolts.
Correct. The Current Roamio OTA 4 tuner model (retail price of $399.99) INCLUDES "All In" service which is for the life of the TiVo unit (not your lifetime). You will find some Roamio units on Amazon, Ebay etc. that DO NOT include service and you'd need to activate and pay either $14.99/month, an annual fee of $149 or $159?, or pay a $549 for the "All In" option. Without service a TiVo is of little value other than as a tuner. IF you're planning to use it for OTA (antenna) only service it must be a 4 tuner model. The 6 tuner units ONLY work for digital cable. Best bet is to make sure you're getting a Roamio unit that includes "All IN" service. If it's a used or a resale unit either verify the TSN with TiVo as having "All IN" service or have the seller send you a photo of the TiVo screen indicated it has "All In" service. Also be careful on underpriced units being resold by individuals over the internet that may have used a stolen credit card to purchase the unit. TiVo will eventually shut off service to those units after a couple of months or so when they are denied or have the payment reversed by the CC company.