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# 208981 7-Mar-2017 17:04
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Most TiVo users have been advised that the servers will be turned off and the most TiVo functions will stop, (season pass, recording shows, EPG etc).  I own two TiVos, and have immediate family with four TiVos, and I'm sure many people would want their TiVo to continue for a few more years yet.


First idea


Setup a new back end server for the EPG etc.


Years ago the people were connecting American Series1 TiVo units and got together to make a server system to connect them to.  They scraped the EPG from the individual websites to create the guide.  The series 1 TiVo need a specially loaded hard disk from a PC running LINUX to get it working.


I'm sure that it can be done with Tivo 320s, probably needs a new Hard disk load.  This would require someone to setup a server and create a new TiVo 3 hard disk image.  Once going I would be consider scraping one channel and loaded into the server.   


Once it is up and working we can then look at a Facebook group to manage the news releases and get the existing Tivo users onboard.  Then sell replacement Hard disks (as is the case now) on trademe, so people can install them.  We should be able to get many more years of use out of the TiVos.


I was never involved with the series1 units, but saw it working.  Sometimes a channel would stop when when there was a problem but was fixed quickly.




Second Idea


Another option is to create a Non Profit organisation (Crowd Funded) to buy the Hybrid Televisions equipment and continue to run it.   Possibly there is some way money can be made from the user database and selling streaming video access into TiVos.  Possibly a $25 a year subscription to pay for the expenses.  The organisation would hold the money, and could change fees up and down if required.


Estimates say there may be 100 000 units running still in NZ.


Mike - 021446800

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  # 1772348 29-Apr-2017 10:51
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third idea move on to a different product.  Tivo is dead in the water.   no matter how many, well really few people want to keep it going, it is a dead horse that doesn't need flogging any more.  you say estimates are there are 100,000 units in NZ, if there were that many sold tivo wouldn't of started going belly up in NZ and Australia years ago.  Let's say there are 100,000, at most a handful of people on this one forum have said they want to keep it going, most I would say are like my parents, threw it in the bin and moved on.

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  # 1772352 29-Apr-2017 10:55
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Idea 4, do any of the first 2 and get sued by tivo US.

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