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Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

carnotaur

I am considering puchasing an old (YX-6936U) Optus Fetch TV box, but wondered if they are usable as a PVR? Ideally also for on demand apps and possibly Netflix. Maybe even EPl for Optus depending on how much that costs?

 

Is this a silly idea and all I will get is a locked box and an expensive hard drive, or can it do all or some of the above. 

 

This concerned me- https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/keilor/other-electronics-computers/fetch-tv-do-not-buy-new-used-fetc...

 

Figured someone here should know the real answer...

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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

Paddylee

From my understanding Optus never sells fetch tv boxes only "rents" them to customers - so its not theirs to sell in the first place.

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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

Davelew

In addition you will need an activation code which Optus won't give you.

 

Dave


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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

petergdownload

You can buy a new Fetch box for $400 from Harvey Norman. Or a much cheaper mini box if you want to view all the channels (FTA, Fetch, Netflix, etc. ) but you just can't record them

 

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Peter Gillespie

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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

Toomey

Hey Guys, just to confirm that any box from a cancelled account will be deactivated and unusable. Even from our end they can't be re-activated, we would send out a new box instead.


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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

carnotaur

Shame, seems a waste of what otherwise would be a good PVR.

 

Explains why the second hand prices are the same as a 1Tb hard drive!

Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

Nat64

So is there an option to buy the ex Optus Fetch box from Fetch (and get activation) rather than just creating more tech waste?

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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

petergdownload

Nope. 

 

Optus technically never stop owning the Fetch box. If you want to be assured of ongoing functionality you're better buying a Fetch box directly from a store.

 

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Peter Gillespie

Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

Dan_C

@nat65,

 

I just want to reiterate, we'd never suggest purchasing a second hand ex Optus Fetch box. The customer is actually required to return the Fetch set top box once they've cancelled their core service (which ever service the Fetch unit was attached to). We aren't able to reprovision the Fetch box for use with an Optus service. If you do have an active Optus service, we can provide you with a set top box for $10-$15.00 a month (depending on whether you opt for a Mini or Mighty set top box.) If you didn't want an Optus service, you're best to approach Fetch or an authorised reseller.


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Re: Old Optus Fetch TV box - Will it work off Optus

GSJSC

My son got sent a fetch TV it remained unopen.  He is now back home and we don't have optus. It seems a shame to just throw it out as it's never been out of the box any suggestions.

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