Series 2 w/Lifetime Issues - Here's what TiVo offered

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  1. mahermusic

    mahermusic Deadlines Amuse Me

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    So this weekend, after 17 years, we finally "cut the cord" and installed an HD antenna. Fantastic reception, 39 channels, and no longer paying for cable TV, just Comcast internet for $49. My issue is that when I went to run Guided Setup on my Sony Series 2 (through dialup!!), it wouldn't allow it. Daily updates over dialup were just fine... the last successful update was made this past Friday, March 17th.

    I called TiVo, and after trying this, that & the other, they offered a refurbished 500GB Bolt for $99, and the transfer of my Series 2's Lifetime for $349. So, $449 total + tax, but free shipping. I've been out of the loop a bit, but what do you all think of this? Good deal? Yay or Nay?
     
  2. GBL

    GBL covert opiniative

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  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Right. So, is the $50 worth it? Depends if you may ever switch back to cable or if you are handy enough to install a cablecard bracket in the OTA (you are).
     
  4. Mikeguy

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    Is it worthwhile to pick up a used TiVo wireless network "G" USB adapter for the Series 2 and try that (if you otherwise are happy with the Series 2)? I have that for my Toshiba Series 2 TiVo--will the Sony accept it as well? TiVo Wireless G USB Network Adapter (AG0100) by TiVo *FREE SHIPPING* 851342000223 | eBay ($13 including shipping)

    edit: Or this used TiVo wireless network "G" adapter for less than $7 (including shipping)--but auction ending in less than half an hour. TiVo Wireless G USB Network (AG0100) by TiVo 851342000223 | eBay

    Of course, this also gives you an excuse to jump forward 12-15 years from the Series 2. ;) There have been a few nice changes in that period . . . .

    You also could wait and see if TiVo has any sales between now and the end of the year (e.g. Nov.-Dec., at it's done the past few years) or brings back an offer to transfer Lifetime from a Series 2 for $99 with the purchase of a Bolt from TiVo.
     
  5. tenthplanet

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    Forget series 2, leave the SD machines behind, most SD is OTA digital subnets that don't always look that good, especially on larger screens.
     
  6. powrcow

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  7. ClearToLand

    ClearToLand Old !*#$% Tinkerer!

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    What kind of error message are you getting?

    From my reading here (not personal experience), older TiVo units take a LONG TIME to process Guide Data (especially cable vs OTA). Unplug the telephone connection for ~2-3 days and then try again. Certainly there are some Series 2 owners here who can chime in with better advice (if they see this thread).

    • Do you need another TiVo DVR?
      - How about a Mini? Used Mini?
    • Besides the 1000GB Bolt, is your Series 3 still in service?
    • Is 500GB enough?
      - Series 6 units use 2½" HDDs; Series 5 units use 3½" HDDs (less expensive, more 'stable' choices to chose from)
    • Unless you buy a 'donor' Roamio Basic for the cablecard socket, the ~$15 socket listed in the 'popular' thread here is NOT an exact match; i.e. the two rows of pins are not properly spaced and need to be bent 'slightly' towards each other. Several 'non-techie' users have failed to achieve the desired results. Even the 'premium' version (using a custom pcb, 'custom' etched by an eBay seller for double the price) had a 'Quality Control' issue (that was quickly handled by the Seller).
     
  8. ClearToLand

    ClearToLand Old !*#$% Tinkerer!

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    The OP already owns one Bolt. ;)
     
  9. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    If you already have a bolt, why not just pick up a mini?
     
  10. ClearToLand

    ClearToLand Old !*#$% Tinkerer!

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  11. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Really? I thought that most people who went this route ultimately had no issue with it.
     
  12. PSU_Sudzi

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    Personally I don’t think they are offering you much of a deal and since you already own a Bolt and a S3, I’d retire the S2 and get a Mini.
     
  13. shwru980r

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    You could probably find an all-in bolt on eBay for that price. I wouldn't buy directly from Tivo unless it was a better deal. Keep in mind that your S2 has some value. At least $30.
     
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  14. rpj22

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    I'm confused. Series 2 boxes don't have ATSC tuners do they? So how were you planning to record OTA signals?
     
  15. mahermusic

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    Is this the case? I remember using a Digital Adapter when we had this on Comcast, but to get regular over-the-air channels.... it's a no-go as it currently is? That would be a bummer if so...
     
  16. ggieseke

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    Series 2 TiVos (except the dual-tuner 649 model and the extremely rare 542 model) can be set up to use antenna with a converter box. Why anyone would bother these days is another matter.
     
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  17. rpj22

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    TiVo seems to have deleted or moved their page on this, but Weaknees still has a copy of their converter box list. If you picked up one of the free converters at the time of the digital transition, and if you can find your Series 2 infrared blaster (if you were using a digital adapter on cable, I'm guessing it is still handy) then you may be able to try this out with no expense.

    WeaKnees Blog » Blog Archive » TiVo Unveils Plans for Digital Transition, 2009
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    Because one already has the box and the TiVo box has Lifetime or Lifetime Basic, especially as a secondary TiVo. ;)
     
  19. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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  20. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    You can purchase an OTA converter box and an IR cable on eBay. Might be ok to use on a small screen TV.
     

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