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Please take note that we do not allow the talk of any type of service theft on this site. Be it DSS, Service Guides, or what have you...it is really not welcomed on this site at all.


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ReplayTV Service Activation for a newly purchased unit is mandatory.


Whether you choose the monthly or lifetime service plans, you must activate the unit with ReplayTV. If you do not activate your new Replay, it will cease operation completely. It will not work as a digital VCR, it will not let you do manual recordings, it will not let you do anything. It becomes a doorstop.


Why, you ask? Because the cost of the units is greater than the sale price of the box at the retailer. When you activate the unit, you are simply paying the remaining cost of the unit to ReplayTV. If you just paid for the box, ReplayTV would lose money on every unit sold. If you want to know the price of just buying a box and never paying service fees, just add $300 to the price of the unit at the store. :)


Some units in the past have been sold with service activation included in the price, and some have not. See below for information on how to tell the difference.


Any discussion of methods to avoid paying this service fee are absolutely prohibited here in this forum, and anyone who discusses this topic will see their posts deleted and face possible banishment.
 

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(someone was kind enough to remind me to update this :) )


At the current date (December 25th, 2003), ReplayTV service is $12.95/month or $299 for "lifetime" service. Activation is *per box*, and belongs to the box. This means that if you sell your old box, the activation goes with the box and any newly bought box needs new activation.


In summary, Replay's official product line:

2XXX or 3XXX models: lifetime activation included on all boxes with these model numbers.

4XXX: lifetime activation included on all boxes with these model numbers.

45XX: Requires paid lifetime or monthly activation

5XXX (unless bought at Radio Shack for $499 and up): Requires paid lifetime or monthly activation.

5XXX (bought at Radio Shack for $499 and up): Had a 3-year activation at sale, now has lifetime activation.

55XX (If bought for $499 and up) was sold with 3-year activation at sale, now has lifetime activation.

55XX: (If bought for $149 [40], $299 [80], or $449 [5160]): Requires paid lifetime or monthly activation


Users who registered their monthly activation at earlier price levels so far have continued to pay their original price. Any changes in service (like changing the billing person or converting to lifetime) will convert the unit to the new pricing level.
 
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