Advertisements Seems a recent change worth highlighting... Per TiVo’s >published policy< and at least >one user experience<, inactive Premiere (Series 4) DVRs can no longer be activated: TiVo Service Plans and Policies: Essentials Important: Series1–Series4 DVRs are no longer eligible for new service plans. If you cancel an existing service plan on these DVRs, you will not be able to reactivate them. Series2, Series3/HD and Series4 DVRs with Product Lifetime Service will continue to receive service for the life of the DVR. So I'm guessing the only loophole would be buying a Premiere w/ Lifetime service and getting it transferred to your account. (And maybe piggy-backing on the remainder of a existing service subscription as part of a transfer? edit: Per TiVo policy, any monthly/annual service subscription must be cancelled by the device owner prior to ownership transfer, so any recipient would necessarily be trying to start a new service subscription ... for which Premieres are ineligible.) edits: 31Dec2020: Updated to reflect subscription cancellation req'd prior to ownership transfer.