Want to keep HMO, but don't need regular TiVo service anymore - possible?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by jg867, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. jg867

    jg867 New Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San Francisco
    Hi everyone,

    OK, so I've had my TiVo series 2 DVR for 4 years or so, and I love it. But we just got HD with Comcast HD DVR. I really don't need the TiVo for recording shows anymore, but I've grown addicted to being able to play all my mp3s through the TiVo via the Music and Photos option.

    So my question is: is there any way to still use the TiVo for Music and Photos if I cancel my monthly subscription for the normal service or will the Music and Photos functionality stop working if I cancel?

    I feel bad about asking... I've been a happy TiVo customer for years, but if I can save the $12/month, I kinda need to.

    If there's a FAQ for this, please point me to it. I was unable to find it.


  2. sinanju

    sinanju Active Member

    Jan 3, 2005
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Nope, those features are part of the paid service. There are network media appliances that do much of the same thing though, without a service fee, and mostly have no HDD or fan.
  4. therippa

    therippa New Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Like what? I want the hmo features, but don't need the tivo anymore.
  5. jg867

    jg867 New Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San Francisco
    ya. I'd love to know what's available along these lines. It could be that nothing's as good as the TiVo on-screen interface, and I'll just keep paying the monthly fee *just* for HMO, but that seems a bit silly. I wish I had paid for lifetime subscription :|


  6. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
  7. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I love my Apple TV. It does exactly what hmo does AND it plays all of the protected iTunes music.

    And videos in itunes too.
  8. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

    Jan 8, 2003
    Warrington, PA
    Get an Xbox 360!
  9. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    i have the dlink dsm 320

    it is great for music but not so for video files. The concept of streaming music is great...but fails with 802.11g and movies

    Out of the box the Dlink's server software is adequate but there are different UPnP servers out there that are better. (M$ makes one, and a few others.) Personally i used one called TVersity.

    Any way as soon as i got my tivo i ditched the DSM...and once Tivo2GO (and back) is enabled for the Tivo HD/S3 I'll be in hog heaven.
  10. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    What do you suppose would happen if your Tivo was unable to connect to the internet for guide data and updates, let's say for example if your firewall was configured to disallow access from the Tivo to the Internet....

    A better question is why get rid of your Tivo? I just purchased two new HD tivos after being a S1 and S2 owner for many years and couldn't be happier. Ditch the comcast DVR and buy a Tivo HD instead. The THD is currently lacking some of the MRV features, but they are supposed to be added soon. You'll get the same great Tivo features, same great Tivo service, etc.
  11. jg867

    jg867 New Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San Francisco
    Hmmmm.... now that's an interesting idea. I thought the HD TiVos were more expensive, but my friend just sent me this link:


    Can someone give me the skinny on this? Here are my questions:

    This thing really REPLACES my comcast cable box? I can use this thing in conjunction with comcast digital cable and it does everything I need?

    I'm guessing I'd still have to pay for digital cable w/ HD broadcast from comcast, but I wouldn't have to pay the $10 for DVR since I'd be getting that functionality through the TiVo?

    Does this box also do the same HMO features?

    If this will work, I'd do it in a second. Can someone confirm? Also, what do I do with my current series 2 tivo?

    Thanks, gang!

  12. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Yes, that is a TiVoHD, which replaces your cable box. Yuo won't pay the cable compamy a DVR fee, but still have to subscribe to the TiVo service.

    The TiVoHD has all the same HMO features the Series 2 line has, except for now, there are no in-home video transfers.

    The Series 2 is yours to decide how to liquidate.
  13. F8ster

    F8ster The Very Last One

    May 26, 2002
    The only thing the TiVoHD won't do for you that your cable box might currently is to support Pay Per View and Video on Demand. Otherwise, they're pretty much the same, and you get two tuners to boot. My full review of the TiVoHD here:


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