how to keep my old Tivo's "alive"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Discussion' started by StL_Don, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. StL_Don

    StL_Don Cool Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I'm one of those people who have patiently (some may say foolishly) waited for a D* Tivo in HD. I'm finally ready to take the plunge but would still like to be able to access the stored programming on my old SD Tivo's.
    They're owned, so DTV won't confiscate them.
    What, if anything, can I do to accomplish this? I don't want to keep them on my account, so they'll be off the satellite feed.

    Sorry if this is asked and answered. I tried searching but didn't find it.

  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
  3. StL_Don

    StL_Don Cool Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Rats, that's a shame. Seems like a while back I saw a comment stating how to do it, but dumb me didn't write it down and now I can't find it.
    Seems it had something to do with the order in which it was disconnected... or something like that.

  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I believe the older DirecTivo boxes can be disconnected from the satellite feed BEFORE you order them deactivated, and you will be able to continue to watch recordings that are on them. Go to for more information on that equipment.
  5. spanishannouncetable

    spanishannouncetable Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    Yep, disconnect cables THEN call & deactivate :up:
  6. sbl

    sbl Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jul 21, 2007
    None of this is necessary. The old DTiVos will play any already-recorded programs without a satellite connection or activation. This is not true of HR2x, HR3x or the THR22 (the latter is a guess on my part).
  7. StL_Don

    StL_Don Cool Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Thanks Steve,
    These are QUITE old. I bought them both back in 2004.

    My wife will be very happy. She has lots of Desperate Housewives she need to catch up on left on the old one.

  8. lotbass

    lotbass Mentor

    Mar 24, 2007
    LOL... my wife is trying to clear off (i.e. watch) the shows from her old TIVO as I read/write this... desperate housewives is what she is watching!
  9. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    What you want to do is disconnect the DirecTiVo from the satellite and phone lines prior to "deactivation". That way, you still keep access to the programming. Then, when you power up the DirecTiVo and it does a search for signal, hit the DirecTV button to access the main menu, then all of your pre-recorded stuff.
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Tip: If you have Netflix, Desperate Housewives all but this season available for streaming.
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I would imagine you are suffering from wishful thinking or you were reading documentation involving stand-alone (SA) TiVos.

    DIRECTV DVRs (TiVo-powered or otherwise) cannot play each other's disc-based files. Only through the magic of Whole Home DVR Service (unimaginably not available on the DIRECTiVo HD) can content from one DIRECTV DVR be viewed on another DIRECTV DVR (assuming WHDS is supported by both DVRs).
  12. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    That is not what he is asking. He wants to know if he can still access his recorded programs on his old TiVo's. The answer to that is YES.
  13. Heynonny

    Heynonny Mentor

    Jul 11, 2009
    Not sure why the misinformation continues; Steve has this one right [edited to add: and I see Herdfan just confirmed it in the above message]. You can take an old DTivo out of the closet years after deactivation, hook it up to a TV (no dish needed) and play back your programs. As long as the hard drive and other hardware holds up.

    With some HR2Xs you can do the disconnect before the deactivation signal goes out and retain the programming; I've seen it last for 6 months, I doubt there's any there's any end point.

    I'm told the THR22 and some HR2Xs lose the ability instantly and unplugging doesn't help, but I have no first-hand experience.

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