Avoiding problems with TiVo MAK

John Toscano

New member
When I upgraded from SDTV to HDTV, I also upgraded my TiVo box to a Premiere. Unfortunately, that caused my Media Access Key (MAK) to change, and all of the videos I had transferred from my old TiVo to my PC with TiVo Desktop (no editing of any sort) were no longer playable. Ouch. I don't want to repeat that problem if I can avoid it.

I am considering cancelling my TiVo service because I am going to start shuttling between two different states for months at a time. My cable company will allow me to suspend my cable service for up to 5 months at a time, and they will also add a DVR to my cable service for very little money, making it more cost effective to pay for the cable company DVR part-time instead of paying for the TiVo DVR full-time.

Don't get me wrong, I love the TiVo in general and feel that they certainly deserve the moderate monthly fee that they charge. But AFAIK they do not offer service on a 6-month on / 6-month off basis.

Sorry for the long, boring lead-in to my real question.

If I cancel my TiVo service, will my MAK stop working, making the numerous videos that I've transferred to my network unusable? Or will I still be able to view and edit them?

I realize that VRD can decrypt them and store them in a non-encrypted form, which would solve the problem in the long run, but I've got so many TiVo files now that there's not enough hours in the day to get them all decrypted before I leave town. I'd like to be able to bring them with me and work on them at my leisure.

So, what is the verdict? (I guess, in the worst case, I could continue paying for the TiVo service for six more months or until I get all my saved files decrypted, but I'm hoping that won't be necessary, since I won't be able to use my TiVo for anything else during those 6 months...)
 
My cable company will allow me to suspend my cable service for up to 5 months at a time, and they will also add a DVR to my cable service for very little money, making it more cost effective to pay for the cable company DVR part-time instead of paying for the TiVo DVR full-time.
Be careful, some cable providers will not allow you to remove the content from the hard-drive. The connections are there like ethernet and usb but ''not turned-on''. I guess that is to protect themselves.

Mike
 

Steve614

New member
If the files are already on your computer, you shouldn't have anything to worry about as long as you keep the MAK that is associated with those files in Tivo Desktop.

If you still need to transfer files to your computer from the Tivo, do that first before cancelling service.
 
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