Can I use Tivo without subsciption?

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  1. gmt steve

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    I'm thinking of buying a Tivo at the cut price, but wondered if it's any use without subscribing. I would like to use it to record analogue TV and realise that I would have to program in the times. Is this possible and feasible?
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    Search through these forums as well as the tivocommunity forums for the specifics on what you can (and can't) do without a sub. If you're just using it for Analogue, I would think it would be ideal. Obviously, the more channels you have, the more valuable the subscription is.

    But, as long as you don't get a pre-owned TiVo, or a floor model one, you should get a free week of the guide service, so you can see exactly what you're missing without plunking down any £££.
     
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    Without a sub TiVo will:
    record like a VCR (set start/stop time & channel)
    pause live TV
    rewind live TV

    It will NOT:
    give EPG
    List recordings by name
    get any future software updates.

    A brand new unit will give you arounf 1 week of full service free. If you like it you can subscribe at any time (during free trial or after). If you do not subscribe then yohave got a good quality digital video recorder.

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    Another point. The software for the UK Tivo hasn't been updated in ages (years?), so not getting updates isn't a big deal. Your box will upgrade to the latest version during your trial period anyway.
     
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    By God, does this not make anyone else pray for a one, single sticky thread on TiVo Subscriptions!?

    I don't think my head can take much more.
     
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    TiVo software was last updated in Feb/Mar 2002. This was a complete rewrite of the software, not just a few minor updates. This update will be received as part of the trial sub.
    Infrared codes for new equipment (ie the new freeview boxes) are being added all the time.
    If you buy a TiVo and no sub, then if you get a new piece of equipment it is possible you will not be able to control it via TiVo.

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    Thanks for this information. I read in a magazine I trusted that without a subscription the TiVo was essentially useless!
     
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    Thanks for all the info guys, I think I had read the same article as leeb.
    However it's all in vain, since I can't find a Tivo at any price, anywhere. Any ideas?
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    Apparently, there's some vendors who advertise via auctions on eBay that still have machines. You should be able to find their sites through their eBay auctions.
     
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    Prior to the release of the latest software (2.5.5) the TiVo was just a door stop without the sub :D

    I have heard that John Lewis still have some units available. They are not listed on their web site, so phone a store and they should do a search for you. Priced at around £150.

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    For anyone interested, MarkE19 is right. The Glasgow branch of John Lewis has two Tivos left, but they are £200 which is a bit too much, it was the £99 price which had attracted me.
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    Get John Lewis to price match their other stores, I paid £149 this week from JL High Wycombe, they did a search and list a few other dealers in the UK, some stores were showing nine in stock at £149 each! The one I just got has one of the very last serial numbers on it so don't think it's all old stock either! :)
     

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