Difference between tivo purchased series 3 and retail

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tivochiguy, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. tivochiguy

    tivochiguy Member

    Feb 16, 2004


    I own a lifetime series 1. If I purchase a series 3 from retail and from the VIP site, how does Tivo know if I'm registering the retail Tivo instead of the VIP one?
  2. Gregor

    Gregor Wear Your Mask! TCF Club

    Feb 18, 2002
    Good question. Perhaps they have a way of tracking the Service Number?
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    I doubt Tivo is going to tell us.

    Perhaps they match a TSN to the vip order (which may explain why it takes 48 hours to ship) or have reserved a range of TSNs for the vip orders.

    Or maybe they're just counting on the honor system.
  4. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    If you order from the VIP site they know *exactly* what TSN you got. They probably just compare activations to the list of VIP TSNs. Simple to do.
  5. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.


    I'd put money on they track the TSNs sold through the VIP program.

    TiVo would send shipping order, its number tied to a VIP purchase,.
    The shipper would send the TSN of the shipped DMR back to TiVo, which they would cross reference to the shipping order and VIP order, so when you activate and trasnsfer, it will be that DVR.

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