Lifetime TiVo's still available. $49 + $299 for Lifetime..!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Adam1115, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. petew

    petew Active Member

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    Correct. Different resolutions, bitrates and audio formats. You also can't burn to DVD shows recorded on a Humax and transfered to another Humax or to a PC and back unaltered.
     
  2. turbovr6

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    So the lifetime service is not transferrable to another unit??? If not then it is a waste of money. All series 2 and below will become obsolete Feb 17 2009 when the FCC yanks all analog TV stations. And I do not plan on using a second box to record the digital channels.
     
  3. peteypete

    peteypete New Member

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    Geez, Ok now I feel bad!! You're a good son, boy! She have an HD Tivo too???

    I wonder, is the DVD burner in the Tivo swappable/hackable/replaceable?
     
  4. davezatz

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    That's only true for OTA antennas. Cable companies will continue to broadcast analog for quite some time. Though certain regions (like highly populated cities) are requiring cable boxes to prevent cable theft.

    She doesn't have an HD TiVo. We discussed the pros and cons and pricing when I visited a month or so ago, and she's decided to try life without a TiVo for now and canceled her Series2 subscription. They did try to upsell her when she called in, but $299 is more than she cared to invest.

    Not sure about the DVD drive. Mine has always worked, so I never tried to do anything else with it. With component cables the Humax does have 480p output I believe.
     
  5. Dajad

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    Great to see your mom has HD!! Unfortunately I and my friends in question live in the HD-impared land of Canada.
     
  6. Narf54321

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    Obsolete, perhaps, but not useless. Even if you end up requiring a digital receiver, that's what the video-input on the back and the little Tivo electronic IR blaster is for.
     
  7. Pvgibbs

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    Has anyone actually BOUGHT one of these and tried to get Lifetime service from Tivo? Any success?
     
  8. MisterWho

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    So my parents just asked my opinion on DVD Burners and I remembered this post reminding everyone about the lifetime service still being available on these Humax units.

    My question is - If I purchase them a service gift card from the tivo site ($100, $200, or $300), can they call in and purchase lifetime service for one of these units putting the amount of the gift card toward the $299 lifetime price?

    Thanks
     
  9. sushikitten

    sushikitten LivingLippy.com TCF Club

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    Okay, who can tell me how to get this up and running without a phone line? Haven't found any info here or on tivo's site yet (but still looking).

    That said, activation, purchasing lifetime, and the rebate was a piece of cake, all done online in about 10 minutes - just have to get the UPC code and I'm good to go.
     
  10. PoBoy

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    I did a couple weeks ago (this has been posted on slickdeals_net for a little while). The lifetime option actually shows up when you activate online. Aside from some scracthes on the top, it's in good shape. Well worth the $50 plush $299. I got mine in hopes of another S3 lifetime transfer option.


    I havent received the rebate yet, but I just sent it in after deciding the Tivo was in good shape.
     
  11. PoBoy

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    The software that comes loaded is dated...I think it's 5.x. You cant get past the activation screens w/o a phone line. Take it over to a friends...
     
  12. sushikitten

    sushikitten LivingLippy.com TCF Club

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    Argh, that's not what I wanted to hear. But, thanks.
     
  13. GoHokies!

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    I've seen it said that this is only available on unactivated Humaxs, which (while it may be the policy) simply isn't true.

    I bought an eBay Humax that had clearly been used (prior setup still valid, HD full of recordings from 6 months ago). Going online to activate it, I was provided the opportunity to buy lifetime (which I promptly jumped on).

    It looks like the website is just setup to look for the 595 TSN and offer lifetime - I'd remembered reading about that a while back, but figured that they would have fixed the website, but I guess not.

    On the setup without a phone line, you should be able to use a USB to ethernet adapter and setup over the internet. This was supported out of the box starting somewhere around 7.1, but was available by entering a dialing prefix (*40 or #40, I think!) earlier than that (I'm pretty sure by first Tivo shipped with 5.x and I was able to do it then.

    I paid about 40 bucks for mine online, for the sole reason of having the Tivo interface when I watch DVD's, the lifetime and DVD burning are just a bonus for me.

    Edit: Quick googling tells me that it's #401 and it worked at least back to 4.x it seems, so you should be good to go.
     
  14. bicker

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    Bummer... we activated on November 13, 2003, so we can't take advantage of this.
     
  15. sushikitten

    sushikitten LivingLippy.com TCF Club

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    How perfect. I thought I would try setting it up with the tivo adapter, just on the off chance I could get it to work - and voila! - found the connection right away out of the box (well, I had to add the mac address to the router, but that was easy). WOOHOO!

    ETA: I spoke too soon. Nothing I do will connect the stupid thing to our wireless network. Hubby tried to troubleshoot from Iraq but he can't see anything so is winging it. I even went so far as to disable WEP and unlock the network and it still couldn't connect. I don't have the time for this now, will have to deal with it next week.
     
  16. petew

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    Are you trying to do initial setup with the Tivo adapter? AFAIK the #401 trick only works with wired adapters and you'll need to connect 2 or 3 times to force the 8.3 upgrade before the Tivo Adapter will work since support for it was added in 7.2.1
     
  17. sushikitten

    sushikitten LivingLippy.com TCF Club

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    Yes. I just assumed (and yes, I know what happens when you assume) that when the guided setup started, and it recognized the wireless networks in the area, that I could get it to work.

    So you're saying if it's wired, I can do it? I think I have enough cable to run it to the office so I can finish this. It would be worth it, rather than to dismantle everything, take it somewhere else, set it up again, and leave it to update via phone line.
     
  18. Capt Hudson

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    The catV on my computer, in the office will reach.
     
  19. sushikitten

    sushikitten LivingLippy.com TCF Club

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    You sure? I think they are both only like 10' each at most. Or do you have a hidden stash of cat 5 somewhere else? :D
     

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