New to Tivo & Need Help

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by flashfeld, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. flashfeld

    flashfeld New Member

    Jan 15, 2006


    I've never used Tivo, but a friend has offered to sell me her brand new in the box but about 2 years old Tivo that she never installed.

    My question: can I use this as a standalone DVR without subscribing?

    The posts are not clear to me on this issue. Could someone please explain whether or not this is possible?

    Many thanks.
  2. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    Depends. What is the manufacturer and model number of the unit?
  3. jjberger2134

    jjberger2134 Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    TiVo Basic is free and comes with combo units from Toshiba and Pioneer. Although the word "free" sounds wonderful, there are catches. TiVo Basic is a stripped down version of the standard TiVo service which is otherwise known as TiVo Plus. In other words, Basic only provides the Basic recording capablilities with no availability of Multi Room viewing, 14 day scheduling, etc.

    Older Series 1 units as well as the units mentioned above are basically digital VCR's and do not need an active subscription. Any standard Series 2 unit will need a subscription to function properly.
  4. NurseDivo

    NurseDivo contingency plan

    Jan 15, 2006
    I don't know anything about any of the DVR stuff, but would like to learn. Is there any advantage to going with a Tivo subscription rather than buying a non-Tivo DVR with a hard drive? In other words, what are the benefits to paying for a subscription? One other question, should I spend as much money as I can afford and buy a fancy DVR with hard drive and burner or just go basic? Thanks!
  5. ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

    May 24, 2002


    A refurb'd 40 hour TiVo direct from is now going for $30 when you subscribe it. That's an accurate reflection of the value of a TiVo without service activation--next to nothing.
  6. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    You get a better guide with a subbed TiVo's internet delivered guide, rather than the VBI delivered guide of most other standalone DVRs, plus better automatic recording features, not to mention the networking and transfer features it has.

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