After spending some time reading through the forums, I thought there was a good chance I could transfer my Lifetime Subscription from my Series 1 (activated in the fall of 2001) to a new TiVo HD. I thought/hoped the trick would simply be to talk to the "right customer service representative/supervisor." This proved to be dead wrong. Except for the "Grandfather transfer," which I do not qualify, TiVo is absolutely not doing Lifetime transfers to the HD. One person even tried to enter the serial number on the TiVo HD I purchased, using the transfer mechanism still available for the Series 3. Their system said transfers were not available for my serial number. My original thought was to return the TiVo HD and then wait to see if they eventually offer a lifetime transfer option, particularly around the Christmas timeframe. Unfortunately I discovered the really great deal I got on the purchase price had a caveat that I didn't fully realize. In addition to paying for the shipping to return it, which I knew I had to do, I will NOT be refunded the original shipping cost. Doh! So it makes more sense for me to just keep the box at this point. The question I face now is what I should do with my TiVo HD. I am considering purchasing a one year subscription under the multi-service discount. My thinking is that I want the shortest commitment possible to leave open the possibility of still getting a lifetime transfer. I am assuming I will not be able to actually get a transfer until the 1 year contract has expired. But what happens if I sell my current TiVo HD to someone else I know with a Series 1 (with Lifetime) prior to the contract expiration? Does the contract stay with the machine? Does it stay with me? What does everyone think? Is there a better way to go?