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Deactivated TiVoHD: Any Value or Use

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by waynomo, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I've never used OTA but it would appear that the switch to ATSC 3.0 would not be compatible.

    Scott
     
  2. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Seven...
    More than you want to know, but a good thorough overview of what's coming down the line.

    ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast television

    Bottom line is your series 3 should still work. However, you won't be able to receive anything that is part of the upgraded standard.
     
  3. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    good info - thanks. you'd have to think FCC would mandate a certain amount of compatibility so they don't have to send out convertor boxes to the less fortunate.
     
  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Depends on who's president at the time . . . .
     
  5. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure it is the case that the lifetime has a cutoff date that keeps getting extended upon connecting to TiVo.

    This was my experience:
    Transfer your Lifetime service for only $99
     
  6. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Reporting this post now as too political.


    :D
     
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Bummer, if that's the case. ;)
     
  8. lew

    lew Well-Known Member

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    The decision to offer free or subsidized coveter boxes is a political decision. Who is president is a factor. A discussion on the merits of offering, or not offering, subsidized hardware might be too political.

    I'll assume your post was a joke
     
  9. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was a pretty good one :)
    My original reference was due to the analog/digital box program, which many thought was a bit of a mess. I'm pretty sure WHOEVER is in charge when ATSC 3.0 appears, won't want to get caught in another messy transistion.
     
  10. Robert Simandl

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    I just did the $99 transfer to my new Bolt.

    If I were to give my deactivated HD XL to a family member, would that family member be able to activate new service on it, or is the XL HD basically a paperweight now?
     
  11. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Tivo no longer will activate on models of Series 3 or older. Tivo must have Tivo service to operate. The de-activated unit is only good for parts.
     
  12. Robert Simandl

    Robert Simandl Member

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    Well then, guess I'm gonna take that thing apart and yank my upgrade 2TB drive out of it!
     
  13. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Forgot to mention, you can still watch the shows that it had recorded from it. It just cannot record any more.
     
  14. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    If you've already replaced the power supply caps, offer the supply for sale.

    (If you haven't, but it was working and all of the caps are flat on top, offer it cheap)

    The 652 (the HD) and 658 (HD XL) use the same power supply, and there were two different brand supplies during the manufacturing runs, so you can stick the 3Y or the AcBel in either machine.

    The older S3, the 648, with the clock display, has its own slightly different supply, and you should not mix and match them with 652/658 supplies.
     
  15. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    OTA-wise, all 3 S3 models were both NTSC and ATSC, if I'm not mistaken.

    Never used one for NTSC OTA, but did for analog cable, which is the same thing, but with more "slots", frequency-wise.
     
  16. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    You could use an S3 as an OTA tuner for an old tube tv.
     
  17. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    So has there been any policy change about transferring a TiVo Series 3/HD to a new owner, aka that's not allowed anymore? And if you own an old HD with Lifetime that hasn't been hooked up for a long time, can you plug it back in and use it as long as it's on the same account as it was when it was disconnected?
    Thanks
     
  18. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    No changes that I've heard for transferring an S3 or HD to a new owner and your HD should work fine once it's updated to the version required for Rovi metadata (not sure when you stopped using it).

    Scott
     
  19. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    So it's just trying to activate non-Lifetime, older units that's now disallowed then? Any idea if a person who's never had a TiVo account can start one with a used, Lifetime machine transferred to their name?
     
  20. sfhub

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    That should be ok. You just can't add monthly or purchase lifetime for S3/HD. If it already has it, it has it.

    Have previous owner contact TiVo to let them know about the transfer and they are supposed to give some reference for the new account customer to provide.
     
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