Might get Tivo again (Been about 7 years) and have some questions.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by GameGuru, May 17, 2010.

  1. GameGuru

    GameGuru Active Member

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    We have had Time Warner with their DVR for years and have now dropped down to just a regular box with no DVR. What is the cheapest Tivo I can get with a cheap lifetime activation?
     
  2. SugarBowl

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    do you want HD ? ??

    I would ballpark around $400.
     
  3. GameGuru

    GameGuru Active Member

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    Yeah I do. Could you like to me what I can get for around $400 with lifetime activation please?
     
  4. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    ebay is your friend. Or craigslist, sometimes. You're not going to get a new one for that price.
     
  5. LifeIsABeach

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  6. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Don't settle for 160GB or 250GB, unless you don't plan to record HD. Either get 1 TB or get an HD and plan to upgrade the internal drive to 1T or 2T for $70 to $130.

    Do NOT use the external expander.
     
  7. brettatk

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    Even a refurb Tivo HD with lifetime will cost you $500. The only chance you have in getting one for $400 or under is to find it used on Ebay or Craigslist. Then you have to take a chance that it works and everything is ok with the lifetime sub.
     
  8. WizarDru

    WizarDru New Member

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    Speaking as someone who has used one for two years....why not?
     
  9. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

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    I believe there were a lot of problems with the MyDVR Expander at first. It also doubles your chance of something going wrong. Now you have two hard drives that can eventually go bad instead of one. If something does go wrong with the expander, all recordings are lost (atleast all that have recorded since it was installed). That's probably the biggest reason I never got one. For me it was easier to upgrade the internal drive instead of going the expander route.
     
  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Yours must be the 500 GB model and at two years you're doing better than average. They have a reputation of failing at 12 to 18 mos. Not sure if the reputation of the 1 GB models has been established.

    In general:
    1. Hard drives are the most likely thing to fail in TiVo's. With an external drive you double your chances of failure. You also get the eSata cable and connectors and external drive housing as possible failure points.

    2. When it fails, you lose every recording that was made with it attached because TiVo stripes each recording across both internal and external drives. Thus there is no redundancy advantage of having two drives.

    3. It is so easy and cheap to upgrade internal drives to 1T or 2T.

    See the drive expansion thread for more details.
     
  11. GameGuru

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  12. mattack

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    only if you already have a Tivo subscription IIRC.. Tivo's website has all the info.
     
  13. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

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    AFAIK, no you cannot. I have two lifetime Tivos on my account (S2 and Tivo HD). When I login on the Tivo website and put the refurb in my cart my only choice for lifetime is $399. That's why I mentioned above a refurb with lifetime will run you $500.

    Now if you already had a Tivo on your account you could upgrade it to the Premier for either $299 or $499 and then add lifetime for $199.
     

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