Is there any Tivo that does not require a monthly fee?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tvsoda, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Whittaker

    Whittaker Member

    Oct 10, 2004
    You can use a Season Pass, and as a last resort, you can manually schedule a program MONTHS ahead.


    You can pick a program from the guide and simply highlight it and it’s set to record.

    It has what TiVo labels as a “Manual Season Pass”. Not as customizable, but still an ongoing Season Pass.

    True, but it’s simple enough to pick from the guide.

    Not really. Almost all of my recordings are preset. I only occasionally add programs that pop up.
  2. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 Active Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    For us, the major feature of TiVos is avoiding the hassle of stacks of tapes! We know others who are now getting tempted by TiVo who have the same reaction. Programming the VCR was never a big deal... but finding previously recorded shows amidst the stack of tapes was.

    Now, though, that the networks are showing so many repeats and juggling schedules so often, a VCR or even a manual recording TiVo (TiVo basic) simply isn't worth it-- not if you want to make sure you get the shows you're interested in.

    Yes, the SD-H400 by Toshiba is/was pretty spiffy.. but it's even cooler having a DVD burning TiVo and the full service. Now, of course, we're faced with stacks of DVDs, and, like the stacks of VCR tapes, we may never get to most of them!

    I'd strongly recommend getting a regular TiVo and subscribing. Take the hit once on lifetime and don't look back. Life's too short not to treat yourself to this!

    TIVOHOBBY New Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    I have an unsubbed Sony SRV-2000 Series I unit that I use to record the news every day from 7-10am. I set up a manual season pass, and it works just fine without the service. You can find used Series I units on Ebay for less than $50.00, so if you are deciding between a basic VCR or a Series I device without Tivo service, I would definitely recommend the Tivo device. Granted, it's not nearly as useable as it is with the programming guide info, but it's still far more convenient than a VCR. I do get the nag screen whenever I press the now playing list, but I'm so used to clearing it quickly that I don't even notice it any more.

    For what it's worth, I bought the Series I unit before Tivo clarified that "lifetime" meant that of the product, and not my lifetime. I called Tivo to complain about this and they agreed to let me transfer my lifetime service to a new unit and still get the rebate, so I bought the 140GB unit at Costco for $280-$150 rebate, for a net of $130, and transferred the lifetime service from my Series I unit for free.

    I also have a Time Warner HD DVR, which works great for recording HD shows, but doesn't have the intuitive software that Tivo provides. And, I have a Windows Media Center PC, which is also nice, but not as stable as Tivo. Tivo is still the product to beat in the DVR world.

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