Replace a Tivo/keep MSD

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  1. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    Here's my situation. I have an old tivo with MSD grandfathered at $6.95/mo no commit. I have a newer DT tivo that had a one-year prepay and now is at $16.95.

    Here's what I'd like to do: Buy a new DT tivo to replace the old one. Transfer the newer DT tivo to the MSD account, and get a prepay package with hte newest Tivo.

    Can I do this? What are the steps so this doesn't backfire on me?
     
  2. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    Easy Peasy.

    I don't think that you can buy an unactivated Tivo from Tivo, so buy somewhere else.

    Swap TSNs off your old one to activate the new one you buy (painless, do via the web).

    Call Tivo and tell them you want to commit to a contract to lower the rate on your $16.95 Tivo.

    Another way (if you really want to purchase from Tivo):
    1. Purchase new Tivo with plan of your choice.
    2. Cancel service on your "free year" DT.
    3. Use website to transfer service from old Tivo to "free year" DT.

    Either way should work the same.
     
  3. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    If that will work, that's what I'll do. Basically I have one machine I want to keep, and one service plan. But they're not together.
     
  4. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    Good thing you have this going in two different threads. :rolleyes:

    This says that you want to buy a DT to replace the old DT. You want to transfer the new DT to the MSD subscription. You want to get a prepay sub for the new DT

    that doeasn't make a lot of sense, but you say something completely different in the other thread
    Is this last one your final answer?

    If so, the new tivo has nothing to do with your plan and only complicates things when you are trying to explain what you want which is to cancel the current DT sub and then transfer service from the MSD tivo to that DT. All you have to do is do that and buy a new tivo.

    1 cancel DT sub
    2 transfer service number from old Tivo to DT

    and then buy a new DT or buy a new DT first - doesn't matter.

    edit:
    I'm wrong. You would need to get and subscribe the new DT first so that you don't lose the MSD on the older Tivo.
     
  5. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    No, I'm just confusing it with terminology.

    Currently: (1) Single tuner with MSD, no contract
    (2) Dual tuner, no contract at $16.95/month.

    Considering buying dual tuner with prepay contract to replace (1) the single tuner. But I don't want to end up with MSD at $10.95/month.
     
  6. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    What MSD rate do you want?

    If that dual tuner's(2) contract has run out, do this:
    Get second dual tuner(3) on prepay-"full price" (only way to get prepay)
    Cancel first Dual Tuner(2). Replace TSN of first tuner(1) with TSN of first Dual Tuner(2)
     
  7. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    It's more your grammar (not that I'm an expert on it), that's why it doesn't make sense.
    Like when you said "Buy a new DT tivo to replace the old one." We now know that you meant the older tivo on MSD when you said "old one" but in the context of the sentence it means the old DT.


    as previously stated by everyone
    1 purchase
    2 cancel
    3 transfer
     
  8. Crrink

    Crrink Active Member

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    Go here:
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    Get a new DT for free with commitment to whatever plan type you'd like.
    Once you get it set up, log on to TiVo and transfer your MSD from the old single tuner unit to your (now) old DT unit, and I think you'll be set - if I understood you properly.
     
  9. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    That's my plan. Just wanted to confirm it would work, and there wouldn't be some bizarre twist that caused me to lose the no-commit MSD.

    Thanks everyone for dealing with my ambiguous grammar.
     
  10. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    No worries, I understood completely.

    As long as you don't cancel the Tivo with that plan, and that Tivo is never the only Tivo you have service on, you're golden.
     
  11. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    Thanks.

    One other question: If I cancel and reactivate the dual tuner I already have, will I lose the programs recorded on it? I can use MRV to transfer them, but I'd rather not go to the hassle. Or will they remain on there when I reactivate?

    Obviously I won't have access to the programs on the permanently deactivated unit.
     
  12. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

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    You will have access to recorded programs on the permanently deactivated unit. That is one thing that continues to work when you cancel your subscription. The other is the ability to pause, rewind, etc live tv.
     
  13. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    Well, that's a bonus. I can stick it in the basement and use it to pause. It may not be junked or given away after all . . . .
     
  14. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    Okay, so now I'm trying to cancel. Can this not be done online? I thought I could, but do I need to call CS to do it?
     
  15. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

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    Unfortunately calling is the only way to cancel. Which reminds me. I need to call and cancel my old Series 1 as well.
     
  16. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    Okay.

    If I call, can they also switch the service numbers for me? Or is that just asking for trouble?
     
  17. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    You can switch the service numbers on the phone or on the website.
     
  18. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    3 cheers for CSR. They appear to have done exactly what I asked. Ihave some apprehension about the next bill, but it looks set in the way I wanted. No muss or fuss.
     

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