Sony SVR-3000 - Any Value Left?

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  1. Greg Nelson

    Greg Nelson New Member

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    I have a Sony SVR-3000 that's been gathering dust ever since I switched to DirecTV and DirecTiVos about 4 years ago. It doesn't have a lifetime subscription, extra hard drive, or any of that jazz.

    I'm hauling an old computer to the electonics recycler this weekend, and was planning to take this old DVR along with it. I booted it up to delete all the old shows off it, and it still seems to work fine.

    Is there still any sort of market for this? I have the original packaging and all that, so I could easily ship it, but I don't want to mess with that to make $10-15 on eBay.

    If I do sell it instead of trashing it, do I need to do anything to disassociate my personal info from the TiVo?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You could probably get $40-$50 for it on ebay, especially if you have the original box and remote. If that's not worth it then at the very least you should donate it to Goodwill instead of scrapping it. Someone out there probably has a use for it.

    Dan
     
  3. jjberger2134

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    Yeah the remote is pretty hard to find. You can probably get $30 just for the remote. I bought an extra remote for my SVR-3000 a couple of years ago and I think I paid in the $30 range.

    Why not try putting on eBay first, with a reserve price or a buy it now price? Then you don't have to sell it, if it does not meet your pricing.

    Donating it to a charity, school, etc. is also a nice idea.
     
  4. LifeIsABeach

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    Isn't that a Series 1? If so check to see if it can manually record without a subscription (most Series 1 units can). It is more likely to sell if that is the case.
     
  5. rsnaider

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    The SRV2000 was the Series 1, the 3000 is the Series 2.

    If you are just going to toss it PM me, I could always store it for spare parts as my SVR3000 is still humming along.

    I have no plans to upgrade all my sets to HD anytime soon for me the box is still very useful.
     
  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The SVR-3000 is the only Series 1 that can not manually record without a subscription. It was the first unit to come preloaded with the software version which made that change (1.3 I think)

    Dan
     
  7. jjberger2134

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    You mean SVR-2000. The 3000 is the Series 2 model.:)
     
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You're right, the SVR-2000 was the Series 1 unit and the SVR-3000 was a Series 2 unit. In either case, neither unit will record manually without a subscription.

    Dan
     
  9. gastrof

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    A Series 2 unit should by rights be usable with a cable box, and also be open to the updates that make them compatible with OTA digital tuner boxes.

    That Sony is still very much a usable machine...

    To anyone who wants to pay for a TiVo sub... :D
     
  10. ldc3000

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    I sold mine on Craigslist a couple of months back for $35.
     
  11. wickerbill

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    I have an SVR-2000 that was purchased in August 2000 that records without a sub.
     
  12. Welshdog

    Welshdog Tivo this, punk!

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    Correct, the 2000 will record without subscription.
     
  13. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Really? Back when they were released they were billed as the first units to ship with a software version which prevented manual recording without a sub. TiVo must have lifted that restriction somewhere along the line. Probably because it was confusing people why some S1 units could record without a sub and others couldn't.

    Dan
     
  14. David_NC

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    Actually, it was the exact opposite. The SVR-2000's that were made before October, 2001 had the old software and can record without a subscription. The later ones had the newer software, and more importantly the new wording on the box and in the owners manual that clarified that a subscription was needed. The software version itself doesn't matter any more, since they all download the latest version, but Tivo maintains a list of which units are allowed to record and which cannot.
     
  15. classicsat

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    Some record without sub, some need a subscription. The policy changed as such it hit the factories in October 2001, so any built that month or later fall into the "Requires sub" category.
    Philips units have since ceased production, and Series 2s weren't yet commenced to manufacture.
     
  16. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Dan,

    Our Sony SVR-2000 which we purchased in June 2000 records manually without a subscription as does our Philips Series 1 purchased May 2002 (Kmart closeout!). My understanding is that any unit which shipped with 1.3 allow this and that 2.0 prevented it.

    Scott
     
  17. westpost

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    I'll take it, if you still have it. Where do you live?
     

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