Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Originally posted by Darin
I thought lifetime subscriptions were transferred to the account, not the box, so additional TiVos on that account would also be covered under the lifetime sub, but the boxes sold to another person would not take the lifetime with it. The fact that the HD-Tivo is using HD receivers instead of SD receivers shouldn't matter from the perspective of a TiVo subscription, at least not in my eyes. But someone who knows more about the lifetime subs probably needs to chime in.
I asked a TiVo exec about this at CES. He said that the lifetime is indeed tied to the account, so any boxes you resell or give away do not come with the subscription. If you have lifetime and do not cancel your account, he said you will never pay for TiVo service on DirecTV, even if you add an HD box (or two...). Of course, King Murdoch could change this someday, but it supposedly applied to the HD-DVR250.
It does make sense. Say you had three DirecTiVo boxes on lifetime, and you upgrade and give two of them to two different people. Should they also each get lifetime? By tying it to account, it becomes easier to track.
By the way, I was told that they are planning to add folders in a software upgrade, but that they needed to leave the current version on in order to get the box out on time. Of course, the answer to almost any feature I asked about was "possible future software upgrade" (said with a smile ), but they seemed to mean it when talking about folders, acknowledging how difficult it will be to manage 200+ hours of unsorted programming.
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