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Best Buy lowers Premiere to $99.99

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

  1. plazman30

    plazman30 Member

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    Tivo.com clearly states that the monthly service charge is $19.99 a month. If another site does not state that, how exactly is that Tivo's fault? ***** about Best Buy, not about Tivo.
     
  2. plazman30

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    Tivo had 2 deals going last month for a limited time. They were offering a free Tivo Premiere for a 2 year contract of $19.99 a month, or a Premiere for $99.00 with a 1 year contract of $19.99 a month.

    I'm going to guess that these deals probably dragged in a good chunk of customers, so Tivo decided to make this the deal going forward.

    I was Tivo to succeed, so I want them to do what it takes to make sure they're in business a long time. That's also their responsibility to their investors.

    You always have the option to just go with the cable company DVR...
     
  3. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    It IS Tivo's problem, because BB is their biggest retailer. Consumers are going to think this is a good sale price, not realizing that in return they get to pay for it monthly with the jacked-up service fee. How many average Joes are going to check out tivo.com first, when they're at the store looking at the box?

    I predict a LOT of returns when the reality hits at sub time - Tivo is now more expensive than a cable DVR on many systems.
     
  4. MikeAndrews

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  5. TiVoPony

    TiVoPony New Member

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    Another note to pass along from the Marketing team. Copying it verbatim so I don't run the risk of losing anything in transposing -

    We've been watching the questions that have popped up on the forum and wanted to answer a few here.

    A customer who purchases Premiere at $99.99 will have a one-year service commitment at $19.99 per month. After they have fulfilled that commitment the customer remains at $19.99 per month, but the commitment goes away.

    For existing customers we continue to offer product lifetime service and our upgrade program, but also have the option to purchase the new holiday pricing. We are striving to provide as much choice as possible as well as reward our long-time users.

    More information can be found at TiVo.com.
     
  6. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Thanks TiVoPony for the clarification.
     
  7. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

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    So, after the commitment, I cancel. Then, I decide I want to resubscribe the same box. What are my pricing options if I have another TiVo box subscribed? What are my pricing options if not? (Assume for the purpose of this answer that all prices will be the same at the end of the commitment as they are now, even though we all know that's not guaranteed).
     
  8. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    As someone mentioned in another thread, assuming the $19.99 price remains once you are on a month to month, if you suspend or cancel service on that box and then restart service after so long is it month to month still or are you back to a 1 year contract?
     
  9. shwru980r

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    Since there is no commitment after the first year, can you suspend service for one or more months and then resume at $19.99 again with no commitment after the initial one year commitment is complete?
     
  10. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    So at least for this "promotional period" ending Dec 31. there is no lifetime option available for Premiere units for new customers. The best deal is the $0 up front and $20/month for 2 years, so this new promotion makes little sense if the plan is to keep the box at least 2 years. It only servers to screw people who don't know any better.

    i.e. You are better off buying only via tivo.com (only place you can get the $0 up front and $20/month for 2 year deal) than you are through any other retailer. Seems counter-intuitive TiVo would intentionally want to offer better deal than any other retailer...
     
  11. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    You always have to do a 1 year minimum contract when signing up any TiVo service, so that would be a yes.

    To me the real question is once you finish the year and go month to month and then sign up for a new plan - are the normal pricing options available at that time? Eg currently that would be 12.95 if paind each month or 9.95 per month if MSD eligable. Then you have the pay a year in advance and other such options.
    That is the question that has not been answered directly yet by TiVo inc.
     
  12. trip1eX

    trip1eX Active Member

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    Well ask yourself if Tivo would rather you cancel or give you the $12.95/month rate (or other standard pricing) after you have satisfied your 1-yr contract.

    I would make a large bet on the latter.

    YOu're going to have to call though. Otherwise I'm sure they'll just keep charging you $20/month.
     
  13. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    This is ridiculous - why would anyone WANT to continue paying $20/mo.?
     
  14. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Probably because they don't know any better or don't remember to take action? A *LOT* of money is made from such setups from all kinds of companies.
     
  15. treaty

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    Nailed it. BB page updated already to reflect $19.99 monthly commit for a year.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/TiVo%26%23174%3B+-+Premiere+High-Definition+Digital+Video+Recorder/9744971.p?id=1218165774529&skuId=9744971&st=tivo&cp=1&lp=1
     
  16. tre74

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    The $99 price isn't exactly the best deal on earth when you add up the additional cost of the new monthly cost over the year. I'd be willing to enter another yearly commitment at my current $12.95 monthly rate. I would cancel it otherwise and sell the thing. Now, if HD was added throughout all of the menus and it would stream audio and video of any format from my PC and added SEARCH to the Netflix feature..... Nah!
     
  17. vasilios

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    It's a terrible deal. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the folks that bought it last last week at $99 before Tivo announced this new pricing plan. I bought 2 and was fully planning on purchasing lifetime for both, but if I'm held to this BS new pricing plan I'll just return them and will never consider Tivo at that price point.
     
  18. morac

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    Tivo's new service page specifically says the new restrictions only apply to units bought on or after November 14, so people who bought last week should be okay. They might have to call into TiVo to get the regular monthly charge or lifetime plans though depending on how Tivo's
    web site is set up.
     
  19. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    The question becomes can he activate and then go back and get a pricematch at Best Buy? He has a 30 day price guarantee.
     
  20. vasilios

    vasilios New Member

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    Technically yes, but I've heard mixed results from folks that have actually called in. I'm guessing it's just a matter of calling back until you get a CSR willing to help. I'm guessing retailers weren't supposed to start selling these units at $99 until the 14th and jumped the gun.
     

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