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Best Buy lowers Premiere to $99.99

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by davezatz, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. ECrispy

    ECrispy New Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    What if i bought the Tivo today at Bestbuy, for $300. And try to activate it tomorrow, when the price is down to 100. Are they going to demand proof pf purchase, or just refuse to honor the old subscription plan?

    I really hope Tivo is not stupid enough to try and pull this crap. They're just trying to trick new buyers into paying more, since $20/mo is a lot more revenue than an upfront cost.
  2. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub New Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Agreed! Better to have the liquidity of $100 and get the $0 down deal with the same $19.99 monthly price than the 3rd party (BB) $99 "sale price" with the same $19.99 monthly subscription.
  3. hoyty

    hoyty New Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Is there an option at Best Buy to purchase for the $300 price point to get the 12.95 a month pricing? Reading TiVo's site it seems like the $99 price discount is an option not a requirement?

    Somebody mentioned SKU's on these models. Did Best Buy really replace all the SKU's last night nationwide to to be able to differentiate those sold yesterday and before and those sold today and forward?

    Did the $19.95 monthly apply to those units sold at $99 with purchase of TV?

    Lastly, does the $99 price point invalidate all MSD and upgrade lifetime for existing customers?
  4. jgantert

    jgantert New Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Those terms look pretty straightforward. Buy from 3rd party at $99.99 and you're required to pay $19.99/mo for a year. No option for PLS.

    Trick would be to find someone like woot.com or so selling it for $99.95 or something. :)

    Oh, and ECrispy, your good since you purchased it before today.
  5. morac

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    For those asking why pay $99 and be forced to pay $20 a month when there is you can get a "free" box and pay $20 a month, it's because the later requires a 2 year contract instead of a 1 year one. That's $479.76 before tax.

    I know a new TiVo user who just got a Premiere with lifetime for around $450 dollars so none of the above prices are good.

    I'm assuming that once the one year contract is up (i.e. the $338.88 + tax has been paid), you'll be free to upgrade to lifetime or switch to whatever the going monthly fee is.

    What's misleading about this entire thing is that the Best Buy add makes no mention of the new monthly subscription price or the fact that you are not allowed to subscribe to lifetime service if you buy the $99 box. It simply looks like a sale. I'll bet there will be a lot of returns of the $99 box once people figure out they are locked into a $20 a month year long contract.
  6. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Just upgraded to a premiere XL from an old single tuner S2 and love it so far. I checked my tivo upgrades offer online and the price is still the same (all of my units have lifetime) so there is no benefit in calling them.

    Having HD in the bedroom is like night and day. I know because my wife commented on how great it looks, normally she is immune to new technology, but when she notices it is a big deal.
  7. trip1eX

    trip1eX New Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    Wow guess mine is going back unless they give me lifetime for $299 on it.
  8. plazman30

    plazman30 New Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Companies change pricing and plans all the time. I bought my wife a nook for $249.00. 2 months later, it was $199.00. I bought a refurb Premiere for $169 and am paying $12.99 a month.

    I love both products and don't regret the decision. If you expect a company to give you a refund every time there is a price change, you'll never own anything.
  9. morac

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    The difference here is that the price is changing, but they are only advertising half the change; the lower base price. The higher service cost change isn't advertised and the only way to find it is in some obscure corner of Tivo's web site. It is sort of bait and switch unless they inform you of the higher service charge at the time of purchase. It isn't really because you can return the product to retail within 30 days. This might end up hurting TiVo since I think they'll end up with a lot of open box returns which can't be resold as new.
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    Yep, especially since BB's website still says you can get Tivo service plans for as low as $8.31 a month. I would imagine they will fix this soon after Tivo finds out, though.


    "TiVo Service as low as $8.31 per month* *Minimum 1 year service plan required. Early termination fee and other restrictions apply. Call (877)BUY-TIVO for service plan details."
  11. Xecuter2

    Xecuter2 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    So if I am reading the rules correctly, the only way to get product lifetime service is to purchase the Tivo directly from Tivo? :confused:
  12. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    The people making these decisions at Tivo are complete fools. The people on this site are pretty much Tivo "experts" and even they can't figure out the pricing. How is an average consumer supposed to?
  13. TiVoPony

    TiVoPony New Member

    May 11, 2002
    Guys, passing this note along confirming the pricing changes:

    We know there has been some threads about the new holiday pricing for Premiere and Premiere XL. Happy to confirm that Premiere is now available for $99.99 with a one-year commitment of $19.99 per month (an upfront instant savings of $200). The price of TiVo Premiere XL is also dropping today to $299 with a one-year commitment at $19.99 per month.

    These reduced prices are available for a limited time. To learn more about the TiVo Premiere holiday pricing visit www.tivo.com or a Best Buy store near you.

  14. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan New Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Is the sub $19.99 / month only for the first year? Or would that continue?

    I thought it would be a good time to replace my two TivoHDs with two premieres at $99 ea. But with the actual discount being only $100, and the possibility that my monthly sub would be doubled in year two and beyond, I've dropped the upgrade idea. Stick with my HDs for another year and hope a great S5 units then.
  15. deandashl

    deandashl New Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    DVR rental from Comcast in the Twin Cities is about $18/month.

    I can see the benefit of a fee only plan. Most people who don't like TiVo dislike the purchase AND monthly fee. So they may pull the trigger.

    It knocks out the "free DVR" concept of cable DVR's. I'm not saying it's right or anything, but that's the "perception" out there. I just wonder how many "if TiVo had no upfront costs I'd get one" people there actually ARE, out there?

    Of course, people on THIS site prefer the lifetime subscription because it's cheaper in the end. I don't see where I'd buy a TiVo without a lifetime subscription.
  16. dudewsp

    dudewsp New Member

    Nov 14, 2010
    I live in the Twin Cities too, and the Comcast HD DVR totally sucks and is almost $20 a month. I was considering going to Tivo. But not for $20 a month. I called tivo, and if you pay full price the $299, and pay another $399 you can get the lifetime subscription.

    So if you pay almost $700, and comcast keeps their dvrs at $18/month. In 3.2 years you could break even! What a horrible deal.
  17. SMWinnie

    SMWinnie Dis Member

    Aug 17, 2002

    Thank you for checking in. I ordered two Premieres yesterday. I am eligible for MSD and expected when placing my order that I would be activating both boxes with Lifetime. Should I understand that to still be an option?

    - Shawn
  18. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Active Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    Ordered from Amazon(Prime-free two day shipping) this morning before seeing all this and already received shipping info, too late to cancel. However, I'm confident that I'll be able to get lifetime on it for $299 max somehow, someway.
  19. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    I don't see how, you should probably return that Tivo or just refuse delivery. You're not going to get $299 lifetime on a $99 box purchased from today on (until they change the pricing again).
  20. deandashl

    deandashl New Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    I had a Comcast DVR for 4 years. Crap and a waste of 4 years $$$. I bought a HD XL and will break even in about 4.5 years. PLUS, a better DVR and greater functionality.

    PLus, Comcast in the TC has first Cablecard free!!

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