tivo - does it work without subscription?

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  1. caw001

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    Hi, I've been offered a thompson tivo box. Do I need a subscription or anything or can I just plug it in and go? Thanks.
     
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    You can still use it as a manual recorder, setting times on channels and stuff, but you'll need to connect to the service at first anyway to customise the thing to the channels you have etc, so look at paying for one months subscription at least anyway.
     
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    the beauty of the tivo is that it learns your viewing habits and begins to record things you may like on the premise you've previously watched something similar in the past.

    However it can only do that if you subscribed to the epg.
     
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    thx guys, any idea what a thompson scenium box is worth ?
     
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    They've been going for some rediculous prices on eBay lately. (since they aren't producing them anymore)

    If you're looking to get rid of it, I'm sure someone on eBay or the TiVo forums will take it off your hands for a decent amount. A lot of TiVo owners are anxious to pick up second (and third) units because they're just that good.

    If I were you, I'd go for the monthly sub, see what it's like, then cancel and sell it off if it doesn't suit you. Course, most people are hooked as soon as they start using it, so be warned. :)

    (TiVo community forums)
     
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    Hi,

    A small local tv shop has a brand new TiVo for £99 is it worth buying at that price.

    Klippie.
     
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    I'd snatch his hand off at that price.

    Used Tivo's are rarer than hen's teeth, never mind Brand New ones.
     
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    ok I've got it installed and it won't let me watch/record live tv so I guess I'll need to subscribe for a month then ?
     
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    New TiVos come with a limited (2 week?) subscription built in, so that you can see just what you're getting for your money.

    Used TiVos won't necessarily have that, though.

    But even without a sub, you should still be able to setup manual recordings. That will at least give you an idea of TiVo's recording quality. (if not, there may be something wrong with the box)

    You may want to check out the OS version on the box. (manual recordings are only available on certain versions)

    Provided the box works, it might be worth signing up for a month's subscription just to have TiVo upgrade to the latest version, and to see what you're missing. But be warned, it'll be mighty difficult to cancel once you see what it can do. :)
     

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