I was given an Optus Fetch TV unit, not used. Although it is designed to deliver streaming content, it is also able to be used as a free to air recording device. But when I plug it in, it requires an activation code. I contacted Optus, they would not talk to me unless I had an Optus account. They suggested I contact my service provider, who is an Optus reseller. They were unable to help as they do not sell Fetch TV. The Fetch TV web site says it costs $1 to activate, but only the original purchaser can activate it from the supplier. Since the unit has passed through a number of hands, possibly originally from a deceased estate, this is not known.
This is a ridiculous situation. I have a presumably perfectly good but unusable PVR. From reading various web comments, it appears that if Optus supply the Fetch TV box, it ceases to be functional when the original contract is terminated and cannot be enabled.
This must be the ultimate in wasteful consumerism. Create sophisticated equipment that can be used for zero hours.
There should be a pathway to enabling this box. I don’t want to use its streaming function, only the ability to record and playback free to air TV.