Tivo without paying for the service

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by nanllyn, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. nanllyn

    nanllyn New Member

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    I was wondering if I bought an old Tivo unit and added to our DirecTV service can I use it to pause and rewind without having the service. We don't want it to record any shows just use it to rewind and pause.
    I know we could by a DVR from Directv but my husband doesn't want to pay for the $100 and then $6 a month. So I thought a Tivo box might be the answer.
    Thanks for your help.
    Nancy
     
  2. newskilz

    newskilz New Member

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    IF you buy an old Tivo, most Series 1 and some series 2 I think, they will do what you are wanting to do; pause,rewind. I'll have to check and see if I can help you with which models you can also do manual recordings with if you ever want to....

    Here's a link to TiVo website: TiVo.com Basic Service

    Info from this thread: TiVo Community Basic Service Thread

    First, your TiVo is actually a Series 1. -NOTE: Series1 DVRs manufactured before October of 2001 are able to make manual time-based recordings without TiVo service if they shipped with software version 1.3 or earlier

    Second, you have a Series 2 non-Humax DVD TiVo, which came with "TiVo Basic".

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  3. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Pause and rewind within the 30-minute buffer you can do on all TiVos without service. But you'll also get some nags about missing guide data.
     
  4. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Get an old Directv Tivo and pay $5.99 for the service.
     
  5. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    And $25 and a a miranda warning for a new access card and a two year commit, whether they disclose that or not, when it won't work for two years.
     
  6. nanllyn

    nanllyn New Member

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    Thank you so much for your responses and time. I will look into a 1st or 2nd generation Tivo.
    I appreciate the thought about the DirecTv Tivo but not only would I have to pay the $5.99 but I would have to pay them to put the second coaxial cable in which they told me today would be $99.00.
    With Tivo it worked on just the one coaxial cable.
    Thanks again for all your help.
     
  7. CrashHD

    CrashHD I am the me.

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    If you ask nicely, the card fee is easily waived. If you tell them you're activating an owned unit, and not a leased one (you do have to CLEAR on that point), there's no commitment extension.
     
  8. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Run your own cable, it's not that hard and it won't cost anywhere near $99.

     
  9. wscannell

    wscannell Member

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    You can also use the unit on a single cable. This just limits you to tuning one program at a time. Since you are not recording, that should not really matter much.
     
  10. nanllyn

    nanllyn New Member

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    Thank you for all your help. I really do appreciate it and wscannell thanks for your comment as I was just going to ask if I could use it on one cable since we aren't using it to record. You answer before I asked!
    Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer and explain things to me.
    Nicest forum online!
     

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