Reactivating old Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by MarkNH, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. MarkNH

    MarkNH New Member

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    Does Tivo still reactivate old Roamios?

    I have an old one that I'm considering giving to my SIL.

    If they allow it, is the monthly sub the same as the one they are offering on the edge ($15)?

    It would be on Xfinity, so assume that they are still good for providing cable cards.
    Can I install and validate a cable card before the device is activated ?
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Yes they do. It would be cheaper with lifetime (all-in) ($550) than the monthly $15. It would be all you would pay, instead of the $15 and before long, it really adds up past the $550.
     
  3. MarkNH

    MarkNH New Member

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    Right, I have lifetime on both my Bolts and usually I'd recommend that, though
    1. I'm not sure she is going to need it for that long,
    2. It's an old box, so chances of it crashing before we get to the ROI are high
    3. I'm not sure how much cable she will be watching in a few years,
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Try calling Tivo and see if you can get a discounted lifetime. Online never gives discounts. Lifetime sticks with the box so if Its not used long or whatever, or even sold.
     
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  5. krkaufman

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    You're entirely on top of it, it seems. The only other suggestion might be to consider a used Roamio Plus or Pro w/ Lifetime service off eBay. (Or, yeah, a base Roamio.)

    That said, see the following for service plan details: Tivo Customer Support Community

    'gist: Yes, the $15/mo plan would apply to your old Roamio. (They *have* cut-off new service plans for Premiere models, but Roamios are still OK.)
     
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  6. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Probably not, since you'd need the guide data to verify tuning.

    But you could research whether the $15/mo service plan would be eligible for a refund (see terms linked in prev post). Perhaps transfer the box to a new account before service (re)activation?

     
  7. cjgadd3

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    Is this a fact that you can no longer activate Premieres? I have 3 in my closet that just became parts donors.
     
  8. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Check the link referenced, first sentence.

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    See also: bought used premiere 4 can’t use it!
     
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  9. MarkNH

    MarkNH New Member

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    Just got around to this. I can confirm that I can activate a cable card on a unactivated Tivo.
    I can move up and down channels.
    It still has the channels that I had before it deactivated, which don't exactly match, but good enough to see the picture.

    Otherwise its boat anchor mode, no guide data and constant messages saying it's not activated

    Need to work on activating now.
     
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