What features of S2 TIVO without subscription can I use?

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  1. technogal

    technogal New Member

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    I have an S2 with lifetime subscription and an S2 with no subscription. Can I use the unsubscribed S2 as a dumb DVR and manually record programs? Can I network it with my subscribed S2 for playback?

    I'm fearing an unscubscribed TIVO is just a large paper weight. Not happy that TIVO discontinued lifetime subscriptions. The monthly rates are ridiculous. I'd sooner defect to my satellite provider. (Sorry, ranting :mad: )

    Thanks in advance for any guidance.
     
  2. crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    It is. The only thing your unsubscribed S2 can do is use the trickplay features (pause, rewind, etc.) in the 30-minute buffer. Can't record, can't network, etc.
     
  3. ZikZak

    ZikZak Neurostim Addict

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    You can still get lifetime subscriptions on new Humax Series 2 TiVo/DVD combos, just so you know.
     
  4. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Not totally true. My AT&T-branded Series 2 works just fine as a manual record unit.
     
  5. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Under certain circumstances if it has been deactivated the right way, not reset, or allowed to connect to the service, perhaps.

    There is no real way to say if a particular Series 2, or any Series 2 in general, will work without service, beyond how they are advertised to work without service.
     
  6. Cdshakes

    Cdshakes New Member

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    what about shows that have already been recorded? they can still be accessed, right? I have replaced my original series 2 with a dual tuner series 2 and have some shows that i might want to watch again at some point. The now playing list is still there, right?

    Colin
     
  7. ZikZak

    ZikZak Neurostim Addict

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    Yes, you can watch recorded programs without a sub.
     
  8. technogal

    technogal New Member

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    Well, I guess I'll hook it up and find out soon enough. But it's a "Tivo brand" TIVO so it probably will only do trickplay as Crowfan states.

    Falling out of love with TIVO. :(
     
  9. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Could be. I disconnected the phone line and the wireless adapter before doing the cancel.
     

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