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I have a premiere with lifetime that is having trouble starting up. Right now the problem happens every so often, but it got me to thinking what if something is seriously wrong with this thing, and I lose the unit along with the lifetime service. My question is: What is the part or parts of the tivo premiere that have the lifetime data on them that could be transferred to another tivo premiere, since I have two other units (with no lifetime) that I got cheap at a thrift store (one for ten, and one for twenty) with high hopes that they might have lifetime service on them. Would it be worth the hassle, or should I wait for this thing to die and wait for another trade up deal from tivo. I tried to do a search on this issue but didn't see anything, so sorry if this has already been addressed.
Effectively the lifetime service is tied to the motherboard (specifically I think it's tied to information burned into one of the non-removable chips on the motherboard). You can't transfer that service it to another premiere. However if the power supply or hard drive of the TiVo is failing (not uncommon as they age) those can be replaced without affecting the lifetime service.
 
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