Can I add new service to a used TiVo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by cherylzyx, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. cherylzyx

    cherylzyx happy to be here :)

    55
    2
    Jan 18, 2004
    Tulsa, OK
    I'm looking at getting a TiVo Roamio for OTA recording. Can I buy a used one and add a lifetime service?

    I've searched and can't find the answer to this anywhere, I appreciate your help.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    11,688
    920
    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    cherylzyx likes this.
  3. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    3,380
    1,189
    Aug 13, 2015
    Yeah, get one with lifetime included. That will be far less expensive than adding it after the fact, which is also do-able.
     
    Mikeguy, cherylzyx and dianebrat like this.
  4. dishrich

    dishrich Active Member

    926
    67
    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    What is wrong with the one we (me) recommended to you earlier this week...it's $50 CHEAPER than the very same one in the 1st reply here:
    TiVo Holiday Specials 2019
    Weaknees is great to do business with & it comes with a 90-day parts/labor warranty...pretty good for a reburbed unit if you ask me.

    To answer this question, to add lifetime to any DVR that doesn't already have it, is currently $550...MORE than the cost of most of the DVR's themselves!
    https://www.tivo.com/buytivo/popups/popup_servicePlans.html
    Sometimes they do run "specials", but even those are usually at least $200 & don't come around too often.
    Also a word of warning...Tivo at one time did make some (very cheap) OTA Roamio's, that could specifically ONLY be used for ongoing service plans, & could NEVER be upgraded to allow lifetime (or all-in) service to EVER be added to them. Tivo will NOT bend on that, so if you end up unknowingly buying one of those, you either continually pay, or stop & have NO Tivo DVR that's now a paperweight!

    Unless you're expecting to get the Tivo (box) AND lifetime service for FREE, I don't know much of a better deal that you're going to get than $300 at this point :confused:
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2019
    Mikeguy likes this.
  5. cherylzyx

    cherylzyx happy to be here :)

    55
    2
    Jan 18, 2004
    Tulsa, OK
    That's ridiculous. It looks like I'll be getting the $300 TiVo that you recommended but I was also exploring every option. I didn't know how much or if it was possible to add service on a used machine. I asked because I like to look at all my options before I make a big purchase.

    Thank you all though, I really do appreciate the help. Merry Christmas!
     
    bam1220 and kpeters59 like this.

Share This Page