Tivo with no service

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ogden2k, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Jan 8, 2006 #1 of 22
    ogden2k

    ogden2k New Member

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    Can I still program the Tivo box to record Battlestar Galactica every Friday at 10 maunally or would I have to set it every week? Right now the service fee costs too much...
     
  2. Jan 8, 2006 #2 of 22
    dgh

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    Series 1 or 2? Is it a DVD model with "TiVo Basic"? For a plain Series 2, there's no recording (except for the live buffer) without service.
     
  3. Jan 8, 2006 #3 of 22
    ogden2k

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    Ah, it's a series two non-DVD. Plain 40 hour HDD recorder.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2006 #4 of 22
    ogden2k

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    I thought I read somewhere that you could manually set times to record shows without the service?
     
  5. Jan 8, 2006 #5 of 22
    dgh

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    You can on a Series 1.
     
  6. Jan 8, 2006 #6 of 22
    ogden2k

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    So I'm forced to use the service with the series 2? I guess I'll look into Adelphias DVR then...
     
  7. Jan 8, 2006 #7 of 22
    dgh

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    Lifetime is almost always the cheapest option, especially since resale value of lifetime service is close to 100%.
     
  8. Jan 8, 2006 #8 of 22
    jsmeeker

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    yup. Just like it says on the box.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2006 #9 of 22
    bidger

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    I believe you'd still be paying. Last I knew cable companies don't give services for free.
     
  10. alyssa

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    The cheapest way to get a DVR & it still be a Tivo is to buy a Series 1 off of ebay. I got one for about $60 which inclued shipping. You can find them cheaper, just be sure & read the auction closley!.

    A Series 1 doesn't do season passes & I get a the nag screen but I can manually set a recording, like for Sci-Fi friday, just don't forget to set a bumper time on the back side just incase the unit's clock is off!

    I don't know what the Cable company charges-I wanted always Free not just a cheap monthly fee.
     
  11. Stanley Rohner

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    Not all Series 1 TiVos work without the service, just some of the very first ones shipped with a certain version of software.

    If you can't cut back in some areas of your budget to pay the $12.95/month TiVo fee maybe you should just sell it.
     
  12. TivoBeavo

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    I've been using a Series 1 without service for 5 years and the clock is now 2 minutes slow.

    Not bad.
     
  13. xnevergiveinx

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    couldn't you buy one of the dvd burner tivos that come with tivo basic service?
     
  14. bidger

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    If you plug it into a phone line to dial in to the server, one of the first things it does is sets the clock. Once it sees the service isn't active, it disconnects, but the colck would be adjusted.
     
  15. TivoBeavo

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    The modem burned up 5 years ago, that's why I let the service lapse. The cheap external modem fix was not around then. Also, I would need to update the software to use the external modem now. I never got it fixed because I already had 2 other Tivo's with lifetime service.

    It serves my needs as the 2ed Tivo on my main TV.
     
  16. bidger

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    Which software verion are you running, 1.3?
     
  17. TivoBeavo

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    2.0.1
     
  18. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    and if you have analog cable you will need to pay the cable company monthly for the upgrade to digital to get the cable co DVR/

    I have seen DVRs for 50$ that will record by time ;)
     
  19. xnevergiveinx

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    can you maybe point out one of these dvrs on ebay? i'm looking for one for my bor-in-law. he just wants something to record the simpsons and 24
     
  20. Whittaker

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    Actually, all you need to do is redo the guided set-up once a week, and the first call (toll free 800#) resets the clock.
     

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