Tivo Summer Sale 2019 is ON! Just transferred my Series 3 to a new Bolt Vox

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  1. HeatherA

    HeatherA Old AVS Forum Member

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    So, i just got the popup for this on my Roamio. I'm thinking of doing it as I think my Roamio is on its last legs, however... we have a TON of stuff on it that we still want to watch. When the unit is deactivated, I assume this means we will no longer be able to stream from it (as we do now)? I'd have to put a monthly charge on it to do so, or just watch it locally. Is this correct? I haven't ever done a deal like this before.

    I'm also bummed because I have 2 older TiVos that have lifetime that we don't use any more but they haven't been on the service in over a year. UGH. We're going to plug them in and activate them in case a sale like this comes around again. We really need to upgrade 3 boxes but the cost of lifetime has put me off doing so.
     
  2. HeatherA

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    Nice! I didn't even try my non-lifetime boxes, but I did try my OTA lifetime Roamio and it worked. So I used that to upgrade. I don't mind sacraficing that box as we use it only as a mini to stream from our main Roamio, which I will use to replace the OTA keeping all recordings in tact.
     
  3. HeatherA

    HeatherA Old AVS Forum Member

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    Did it take as long as they quoted to get your new boxes?
     
  4. John7777

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    Yup, that did it! Thanks very much!
     
  5. Mikeguy

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    Simply follow the instructions at the offer webpage (or call TiVo to place your order): use as your promo code at the order page the TSN (without dashes) of the qualifying box you want to "de-commission"--in your case, the S2 box.
     
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  6. Mikeguy

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    Correct, it won't stream to other boxes (or to a PC)--it will only work as a standalone, local, playback unit. I don't know if TiVo will accept it for a paid monthly subscription--you might want to call customer service and ask, if that's something you want to do.

    The simple solution, if you want to have access to certain of the content on your network (and not just locally, or otherwise just want to get rid of the old TiVo box): when your new Bolt box arrives, simply transfer from the old TiVo box to the new the content you want to keep and have network access to. Alternatively. you can transfer the content you want to keep to your PC (pyTivo Desktop is an easy-to-use freeware software to use for this), and then later to your TiVo box if you want to and if the TiVo box is on the TE3 user interface, not the new TE4 user interface (the TE4 user interface will not allow transfers from a PC).
    I would try, at the promo webpage, the TSNs of the older TiVo boxes--who knows, they could work (people sometimes have reported success in the past).
     
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  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    In the past, some people have skated through--why not try your old box's TSN (without dashes) at the website promo/order page?
     
  8. Anotherpyr

    Anotherpyr Active Member

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    In the email I got for the sale, the tsn for my 6 tuner roamio was listed. So it may be worth a call if you’re interested in upgrading yours. I have both and want to keep it that way for now.
     
  9. Mikeguy

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    TiVo expanded the list of qualifying TiVo boxes for this promotion and it now includes the Roamio boxes--they should work for this promotion (if not, call TiVo).
     
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  10. HeatherA

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    Thankfully my OTA Roamio qualified so I did the upgrade on that machine instead. We only use that machine to stream from our main TiVo anyway so it will be no loss.
     
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  11. tgenius

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    Probably a dumb question, but if I do the upgrade on my roamio for the bolt, I understand it gets deactivated, can it still be used like a TiVo mini to replace my TiVo mini or is it a doorstop?
     
  12. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    Just FYI, TiVo has never deactivated any of my old units used for earlier promotions. I think I'm an unusual case, though.
     
  13. cmeinck

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    I received an invite via messages on my TiVo Roamio Pro. I too am tempted, but see little reason to upgrade. With coupon, it's still over $400 for the upgrade. I use Apple TV for streaming, so...
     
  14. snerd

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    A non-mini cannot be used exactly like a mini, since a Mini uses a host TiVo to access tuners and recording.

    After the Roamio is deactivated, it isn't a complete doorstop since you can still view recording from the Roamio on a TV that is connected directly to the Roamio. However, viewing recordings from a different TiVo (or a Mini) requires a service plan on the Roamio.
     
  15. the_Skywise

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    When does the service get transferred? I'm presuming once the new box is activated?
    Also is there currently anyway to backup/restore the season passes/likes from one box to another?

    Oh - one other question - I'll be upgrading my parents' old Premiere, how hard is it to transfer the cable card (Comcast) - physically it shouldn't be a problem, I'm thinking of calling and re-pairing! :)
     
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  16. Adam C.

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    Once a device is deactivated can it be reactivated by someone else if you choose to sell it on eBay?
     
  17. Mikeguy

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    According to the website promo page:
    Freeware kmttg can be used to backup and restore season passes and likes. TiVo Online also can be used to transfer season passes.
     
  18. sender_name

    sender_name I remember XM 202!

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    The woman on the phone fulfilling my order told me I was LITERALLY the first order for this sale.
    It was ordered monday, boxes on my doorstep thursday.
     
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  19. unclehonkey

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    Roamio and Premiere I assume so
    Older than Premiere? no
     
  20. Sonyad

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    Thanks for your help. After getting the Bolt back to TE3, I started the transfer, using Tivo online. Right now it's 70% completed after overnight. My Roamio was 90% full. I still have a storage problem so I'm going to try to use my WD drive in an external enclosure on the Bolt. There was a Sabrent with cooling fans mentioned in one of threads you linked to that I can pick up at my local Microcenter. Any other things I should look out for before proceeding?
     

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