Advertisements When you buy a lifetime subscription (it's not a membership of any kind) on a Tivo and later give up your rights to that Tivo, the lifetime subscription goes with the box. Whoever bought that Tivo bought the lifetime subscription with it. If they had it transferred under the grandfather clause, they were well within their rights to do so. They have always been two separate companies, Directv never owned Tivo. ...and allow you to transfer service from a tivo that you don't even own? Exactly how is that the right thing?