I’ve gone looking for any ‘official’ support of this claim – http://www.tivo.com/vip – as well as looking for any other blogs, TiVoCommunity.com, etc – but I haven’t found anything. But WeaKnees.com is a major TiVo reseller and one of the two large TiVo upgrade companies, with a stellar reputation, so it isn’t like them to post something like this if it weren’t true. So I would tend to believe it.
In the early days of the DirecTiVo, you could buy lifetime on the box, just like standalone boxes. But when DirecTV took over the accounts, they converted the product lifetime to account lifetime. But now it looks like TiVo is allowing those early subscribers who bought lifetime on their DirecTiVo to buy a Series3 and transfer the lifetime. Of course, they can’t use the S3 with DirecTV, so it is only useful if they plan to convert to cable and/or antenna.
It opens a fairly small window of opportunity, as the VIP requires the new S3 be purchased by 12/31/06.