TiVo HD - worth at a thrift shop?

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  1. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Man, we don't get anything good in our thrift stores. :(

    Scott
     
  2. gthassell

    gthassell Active Member

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    I've bought and sold MANY Tivos from Goodwill and Thrift shops on eBay - and one thing to keep in mind is that TiVo CSRs will be happy to validate whether or not any unit has Lifetime Service on it or not.

    Best find I every had in terms of ROI was a S3 HD for $5.00 that I sold less than a week later for $200. (about 4 years ago).

    You should have no problem once the unit has run guided setup for your zipcode.

    Good Find!
     
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    It's going to need capacitors replaced without a doubt, so be ready for that, bad power supply caps will cause all sorts of random failures.
     
  4. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

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    Not bad advice, but my TiVoHD is still going strong, albeit without HDMI output. I've been using component video+optical audio for 6(?)+ years. Seeing as it's lifetimed and has a 1TB drive, I should probably proactively replace 'em.
     
  5. gthassell

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    And if you DO run into power supply problems - let me know as I have a few extra power supplies available from some non-lifetime'd units I've salvaged.
     
  6. gladiator1982ad

    gladiator1982ad New Member

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate the support for a newbie like me!

    So, here is what I gather I need to do:

    1. Create TiVo account by calling TiVo
    2. Connect HD to my home network and Run Guided Setup
    3. Wait a few days
    4. Call TiVo again and tell them I bought a used TiVo and I want to add it to my account

    Do I have it correct?

    Thanks again!
     
  7. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

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    You don't have a remote? Do you plan on buying one? I think you can use the TiVo Android/iOS software on your phone with your TiVoHD. I just tried it with mine (TiVoHD). You have to use the old TiVo app. It doesn't work very well (response is iffy, and slow). Maybe it's my Samsung(Android) phone. Never tried it before.

    Phone works awesome as a remote with my Roamio. (series 5)
     
  8. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    For 1., you should be able to go to tivo.com and create an account.

    Scott
     
  9. gladiator1982ad

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    Yeah, I have a remote from another thrift store find :)

    Okay, thanks. I'll try making the account online. Once I get everything going, I'll update you all. Thanks again and have a great week!
     
  10. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Or until TiVo decides to sunset it out of the blue like they did with the S1's. They did make a decent offer though, I guess.

    Great find!
     
  11. gladiator1982ad

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    Okay, so this is where I'm at. I connected the HD to the Internet. Ran Guided Setup. Now I'm waiting for the service update to complete. It's been a while so far; a little over an hour. Once this is updated, I'll call TiVo to create an account and use this baby.

    I was going to create the account online, but I needed a device to do so. I wasn't sure if I should have just used the HD's TSN. We'll see.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  12. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yes you can use that online. Just go to TiVo.com/activate and input the HD's TSN and then the next page gives you an option to sign into an existing account or create a new one. Of course, you would select to create a new one. :)
     
  13. gladiator1982ad

    gladiator1982ad New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I tried creating the account with the HDs TSN, but a message appeared saying that "The box you are trying to activate is no longer supported. Please visit tivo.com today to shop for TiVo's latest products."

    Looks like it will require a phone call.
     
  14. gladiator1982ad

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    The HD has been updated and set up. I now have the 11.0n software version; originally it has the 11.0k. I read from another thread that this would allow mpeg4 channel access, correct? Okay, next step will be to wait a couple of days, as Unitron recommended, to call TiVo and attach this HD to my account (which I will create during the same phone call).

    Thanks again for the support!
     
  15. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    My only question, assuming it is a LT unit (Which it appears to be), would TiVo CSR balk at "adding" it to your account, even though it is lifetime? Would this fall into the area where they will no longer activate the older TiVos?
     
  16. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Its not supposed to be an issue since you are not activating new service (it already has lifetime service).

    Scott
     
  17. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Ahhh....right....my bad


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  18. gladiator1982ad

    gladiator1982ad New Member

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    Success!

    1. Plugged in the HD unit
    2. Ran Guided Setup
    3. Let the HD sit for a while to update from 11.0k to 11.0n (about an hour)
    4. Waited several days
    5. Called TiVo customer support around 7:05am PST
    6. During 15 min phone call ---> Created my TiVo account then added HD to that account
    7. Logged into TiVo 'My Account' using email address I gave the phone rep and created password
    8. Verified that the HD is listed under 'Active TiVo Devices'
    9. Happy Customer :)

    Thanks everyone for your help! I hope my experience also helps someone else!
     
  19. te36

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    I wonder why they still say in the movies

    This fell off the back of a lorry
     
  20. lucho

    lucho New Member

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    Thank you unitron.
    I just call tivo today, and followed the steps to the letter. During the call the nice laddy asked me where did I get the tivo, and I said from a charity Thrift store, and then she asked me for the case number from the previous user, and I play the fool and I said what is that?. So then I said "I am using the Tivo already", I just need to transfer. And then she said so you are already using it? and I said yes, then she proceeded to transfer the lifetime service no problem. I hope it helps someone.
     
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