Is TiVo activation required?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by monsco, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. monsco

    monsco New Member

    Jan 20, 2006


    I have never used a TiVo so I am totally new. I am a coach and want to use TiVo to record my athletes, and then be able to show it to them immediately after they finish. I will not be recording TV shows and don't need channels, guides, or anything that I think is part of the service. I just want to be able to record from a video camera. I'm looking at models on ebay. Do I need activation in order to do this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    If you can get your hands on an older series 1 unit, then you can use it as you wish.

    You might want to look into getting a DVD recorder with a hard drive.
  3. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    If you strictly want to record from a video camera, what you want is a DVD recorder, not a TiVo.

    If you are only interested in keeping the recordings temporarily for instructional purposes, either use rewriteable media (+RW is the easiest to use), or consider purchasing a DVD recorder with a built-in hard drive.

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