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Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by ColinYounger, Jan 16, 2009.
599. And I'm looking for another one now to deal with overlapping programmes.
am i 600
i've had mine from new,no mod and no changes
601 by my count, PaulFozz was 599 and aleks 600.
I'll be 602 and 603 then
Original one was purchased from that electrical store I can't remember the name of that's probably gone bust by now that was knocking them out for £99 on the queens golden jubilee extra bank holiday in June 2002!
Second 'backup' one was purchased from dixons online a little while later when they also were clearing them for £99
Guess I must be #604
Have had it for years, my other half swears by it (so easy to use). Hopefully will be able to change my V+ box for the Tivo VM one sometime soon!
Series 1 400GB Cachecard
I purchased mine just before they stopped selling in the UK for £150.
I'm on the 3rd disk upgrade.
It still runs beautifully. I have to say we haven't exploited many of the original clever features for many years because they stopped working (i.e. thumbs up/down finding similar programme automatically), so it's mainly for season passes.
I have just built a new cinema system with a Denon 2310.
I have my high end PC connected over HDMI, Xbox360 and Sony freeview PVR DVD recorder all offering 1080p native or upscaled (the latter) and Dolby Digital.
The Tivo / Sky is the only exception and for that reason this week I ordered SkyHD to be installed tomorrow.
It was a hard decision ... but lacking HDMI and Dolby Digital, IR blasters, two boxes instead of one, Tivo increasingly poor programme accuracy, inability to record two sky channels concurrently ...
I'd really like to keep using the Tivo but being an idiot (I knew the service was likely to stop shortly after buying) I still pay £10/mth - probably £700 since I've had it.
I don't want to keep paying that as the HD pack £10/mth offsets it.
What are the options for still using it ... can you get cheap life time subscriptions somewhere ? Can you sensibly use it without the subscription ... manual recordings, imported TV guides ? I have no intention of trying to breach licence ... just looking at all the options as I don't want to ditch it.
I know I will be frustrated by the rubbish series links and lack of strong search capabilities on Sky+ ... and I still love the start up graphics
The lifetime subscription goes with the machine,
and a lifetime-subbed tivo unit is often sold on ebay and eleswhere for less than the £200 cost of a lifetime sub alone.
It will still have the live buffer, and manual recordings as you say - note without guide data
so now playing will consist of "manual recording 8:30 @ BBC1"
- but thats a poor excuse for a tivo
Suggestions in the UK only stopped working for about six months but were restored when their loss turned out to be the result of the same database fault as was also affecting the US Series 1 Tivo models (Tivo initially seemed rather more concerned about not continuing to maintain a promised service in the USA than in the UK) . If you aren't getting any Suggestion I can only suggest that you have them turned off or haven't bothered thumbing anything since your last hard drive upgrade.
If you live in a Virgin Cable area the new all singing and dancing Virgin Tivo with triple tuner, HD recording etc should be available here some time later this year.
As to not buying the Lifetime Sub if I hadn't believed there would be a Tivo service for the next 20 months then I wouldn't have bought the Tivo at all and I also reckoned I would have had cause for a claim on my credit card if Tivo's service had ended before I had enjoyed 20 months worth of viewing....
Perhaps item 3 might be of interest:
It seems amazing this swap out is now available for only £60 unless you already know something about the likely future of Tivo Service for the Series 1 UK machines that we don't
Did you actually click through and read what what was there?
So no, Dave does not know anything we don't other than how to spot a business opportunity when he sees one, I guess
It's not really spotting a business opportunity at this point in time either, its the same stock I've always had, I've constantly put different packages together and changed prices over the years as any business does.
I don't know whether this idea is any better than the others I've had
I'm hoping it might help some long term TiVo users (without a sub) keep using their boxes, even if they are retiring them from the main room.
What Account Status would these units have?
5 - Lifetime or 11 - Evaluation?
5 - Lifetime
In which case this sounds like a very good deal indeed for anyone still paying £10 per month to Tivo for a sub on a UK S1 unit.
I suppose you are basically working from the premise that you quite probably have more unsold Lifetime Subbed boxes sitting in your stores than you are possibly likely to sell before the Virgin Tivo launches (so hugely denting the level of sales of Tivo S1 boxes from that point on) and that a person who already has a Tivo is not likely to be willing to pay nearly as much for one with a Lifetime Sub as someone who does not have one at all
Only six months to recoup the investment sounds like an excellent deal to me though as I personally feel confident that with the re-entry of Tivo to the UK marketplace (in conjunction with Virgin) but no replacement solution being offered for Sky, Freesat or most importantly Freeview customers that Tivo will still be offering service on the S1 UK models in two or indeed quite possibly even in another five years time.
Tivo has never so far made a Lifetime subbed unit redundant that is still operational and it seems to be an important article of faith for it to never do so for as long as Tivo continues to remain an independent company operated form Aviso in Calfornia.
I don't know quite what I can say to assure you this is the honest truth, but the Virgin box has nothing to do with it at all!
People that are in the market for a new Virgin box are not going to be potential customers for one of my Series 1 machines.
The stock I have left was earmarked to use as service and repairs, if someone can make use off and benefit from the exchange offer, that's great but I'm not out to try and off-load them all of a sudden, I don't have significant numbers left to warrant that practise.
Quite honestly, with the value of series 1 Tivo's now, I'm surprised people even bother trying to sell them on ebay. Put them in a second reception room or on the bedroom tv. You've got to be a pretty anal AV connoisseur to insist on having HD in the bedroom as well
It's only Pete that seems to be making anything of it. No change there then
I guess I must be number 606.
Purchased as a ex-demo from Powerhouse after much web searching, probably about 2003, only to discover the IR sensor did not work. Quickly replaced under warranty, and never looked back. Now has upgraded drive and cachecard.
Sorry folks, but need to knock one off the total. I've just phoned and cancelled my Sub :-(
Sky box died, had a V+ installed and loving it so far. It's not a TiVo sure, but 3 tuners is a big win - and finally some HD material
Felt guilty cancelling it. Box is still sat here in the living room looking at me. Might have to cover the little TiVo mans eyes :-/
Still, once Virgin launch their TiVo box I'll be first in the queue! Reading and willing to Beta test!
Virgin will being going tivo on all boxes, so your V+ will convert into a tivo, either by box replacement or automatic over the air (OTA) software upgrade.