Shutting Tivo down for a long time

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  1. mat111

    mat111 New Member

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    I have two OTA Roamios with lifetime service. I want to shut one of them down for 6 months or more. What kind of problems might I face when I power the Tivo backup?
     
  2. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Only 6 months? Probably none. If you are running TE3 (20.x software), it hasn't changed in over two years.
     
  3. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

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    If you are shutting down for long periods, I'd recommend unplugging the device. A TiVo "shutdown" only reduces power consumption by a small amount, so it is better to do a shutdown and then unplug.

    When powering back up, the TiVo will need to "phone home" to update guide information and possibly perform software updates. You can accelerate the process by manually initiating service connections a couple of times.
     
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  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Maybe only shut it down for 5 months ?? ... in case TiVo introduces any promos similar to past ones offered for Lifetime’d Premiere and older DVRs, but with eligibility limited to devices that had made a successful service connection in the past 6 months.
     
  5. mat111

    mat111 New Member

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    After thinking about this some more I realize that my situation is that my viewing habit has changed and my 2nd Roamio is not being used and what I really what to do is store it away for some future need should my situation change. So I guess it could be turned off for many many months or even years. In that case I could power it back up for a service connection at some interval, say once a year more or less. Would that be wise or even needed?
     
  6. KeepingUp

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    You may want to make that call quarterly. If Tivo stays in business they may offer good trade in deals. Historically, their trade ins require a box to have been logged in within the last 90 days. The other risk is that your ISP stops issuing cable cards, if you give up your current C.C. You will be at risk for that.
    I have a roamio that I consider my backup. I pay Spectrum $3/month, and I
    Power it up every other month or so to do the maint call.
    I do tend to paranoia in these kind of things.
     
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    It may vary. e.g.:
     
  8. JackMcC

    JackMcC Active Member

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    6 months? Try using a lifetime Premier after 5 years. I had to wait 8 hours for the update to finish. I thought it hung for good, but luckily it came back to life after 3am.


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