Canceling service

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by kturcotte, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. phughes200

    phughes200 Member

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    I wonder what happens if TiVo goes out of business. Will they issue one last update so the TiVo will function as a dumb DVR? Who knows.
     
  2. PSU_Sudzi

    PSU_Sudzi Well-Known Member

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    Good question. Digeo was bought by Arris and they discontinued the Moxi DVR retail but the guide data is still going strong 5 years later even though it's essentially a dead product.
     
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  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    Without guide data the DVR function would not be all that useful, and as ch changed on your cable system the TiVo would get even less useful. I would go to the cable co DVR.
     
  4. phughes200

    phughes200 Member

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    My goal is never to go back to cable TV. It took 20 years to kick that habit. I did have to add Sling to keep the wife happy.

    A dumb DVR would be very useful for recording shows that are shown at the same day and time each week. Yes it would be crude but far from useless. I would miss some of the bells and whistles but not enough to return to cable.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    When tarheelblue32 said:

    "I'm pretty sure that you can't record anything at all without active service."

    I'm pretty sure that meant active TiVo Service, i.e., a current subscription, not Internet service.
     
  6. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    +1
     
  7. samccfl99

    samccfl99 I Am Sometimes Vocal

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    So you think it goes out to the Tivo servers when it starts a recording? I am not arguing here, just curious. They are not going to terminate my service. I would consider getting a Bolt Pro when it comes out (even though it would begrudge me to pay them more money for more hardware), but only if they would give me Lifetime on the Roamio. I would pay $99. I would not buy one unless they did that. They wanted the same $499 for lifetime now even after I paid more than that already. Yes I do understand that is how they make some of their money, but we do not pay Comcast up front for their DVR's. We shall see what happens when the Bolt Pro comes out. My Roamio runs over 90% always and it would be useless if it did not have service if I got a Bolt. I could use another 3TB and a faster box and could transfer stuff between them. All I say is "fair is fair". If they want more business, they have to deal a bit. They will still be getting paid monthly for the Bolt after the first year anyway.

    A tivo box is still really the only alternative. Also I would never give up my cable. What about cable news and other major cable channels? Maybe I am an old dog and dont know all the alternatives. I love my TV. ALL OF IT...LOL.
     
  8. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    If your TiVo has service (you can see this under SI) than everything will work, if service is canceled and you disconnect the TiVo from the internet, you can still record and do everything that does not require the internet, after some time like 30 days of not calling home the TiVo will become a door stop, this will happen even if you do have service on it. (if you do have service, a call home will start up the TiVo again)
     
  9. achalupa

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    Think of it as a local countdown timer running on the TiVo. Each time your TiVo connects to the mothership it validates your service and resets the countdown timer.

    1) If you don't have a valid subscription during a service connection it will disable recording functions.

    2) If you have a valid subscription during a service connection it will reset the countdown timer and all features will remain active.

    3) If you don't connect to the service before the countdown timer reaches zero it will disable recording functions. If you attempt a service connection after this occurs see 1 or 2
     
  10. samccfl99

    samccfl99 I Am Sometimes Vocal

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    WOW...THEY ARE DEVIOUS...AND UNBELIEVABLE.

    THANKS...:eek::)
     
  11. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    Cable cards use the a countdown timer also, to easy to cheat otherwise.
     

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