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Broken Remote - Is this a good time to upgrade

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by sean33, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Mar 8, 2012 #1 of 18
    sean33

    sean33 New Member

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    I think my remote hit the ground one too many times so now a few select buttons won't work. I took apart the remote and cleaned with alcohol but no luck.

    I've been toying with the idea of upgrading to the Premiere but I'm not sure if I should or not. I'm not on a lifetime, so I am paying $12 a month but I have upgraded the HDD. Looks like I can get service for $14 but I am leaning towards lifetime because I've kept my HD box for 4 years.

    Should I just cough up the cash for a remote, or is now a good time to just make the plunge into Premiere? I can't decide.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2012 #2 of 18
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    If you replace you old Tivo with a Premiere, you could be paying $19.99 for the subscription, if you buy a $99 Premiere (no lifetime). But on a $299 Premiere, you can get lifetime for $499.99.

    It would be cheaper to get a replacement remote for about $20 or so, on the cheapest model.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2012 #3 of 18
    mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    You can buy Tivo remotes on ebay for less than $10 shipped.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2012 #4 of 18
    Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    I have a lot of components in my H/T system. I find a Harmony One does a nice job of working eveything seemlessly.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2012 #5 of 18
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    I don't think this is accurate for an existing customer. The OP can get a $99 premiere with lifetime for $399.

    Plus, when they try to cancel the old one, they will likely get a $99 lifetime offer for that. Bonus, and great for selling or putting on a slightly used TV.

    If they keep the old one in the same room, they can use the one remote for both.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2012 #6 of 18
    mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    It's what I use as well.:up: The Tivo remote is fine for controlling a Tivo and maybe a TV. It's neither practical or flexible enough for use with more than one or two components. Most Tivo remotes I've ever owned have never been taken out of the plastic bag.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2012 #7 of 18
    unitron

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    If you have a TCD652160 or TCD658000 you may be able to call TiVo and threaten to cancel and get lifetime on it for $99, there's a whole thread about this around here somewhere.

    That will considerably increase its resale value.

    Or you can keep it as a backup machine and to qualify you for the Multi-Set Discount on subscriptions on any other TiVos you acquire.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2012 #8 of 18
    lpwcomp

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    Trying to use the remote that comes with the TP to control two TiVos in the same room would be a major PITA. No 1-2 switch.
     
  9. Mar 9, 2012 #9 of 18
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    I don't do this. From the descriptions I have read it takes extra steps, but would not be in the "major PITA" category. It is button pushing, yes?
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Cover up the front of the remote, hold down pause and TiVo buttons until the LED comes on, then hit the number button corresponding to the remote code to which the TiVo you want to control is set. Which, IMHO, constitutes a major PITA.
     
  11. mr.unnatural

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    Or you could simply program two Tivo remotes to control each Tivo individually. The best approach is to use a universal/programmable remote that you can teach the codes for each Tivo. You have to assign a specific code to each Tivo when using multiple Tivos in the same room because the default code witll override any other codeset and control all Tivos simultaneously.
     
  12. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Uh, yeah. But that would require having two working remotes. If you look at the title of the thread and the initial post, the OP's existing remote is broken.
     
  13. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Yeah, but I was responding to your post, not his.;) I've already posted a solution for the OP with regards to finding a replacement remote. Your post dealt with using multiple Tivos in the same room using a single remote.
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    And I was responding to a post addressing the OP's idea (in the initial post) of upgrading to a Premiere. jrtroo suggested he could keep both TiVos, have them in the same room, and use the new remote to control both TiVos.
     
  15. unitron

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    If some buttons quit due to impact rather than use, get a bight light and a magnifying glass and inspect all the soldered joints.
     
  16. wmcbrine

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    It's as good a time to upgrade as any, but a broken remote is not a good reason, nor even a convincing excuse. :)
     
  17. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Use the Remote, Luke!
     
  18. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Hush, he's almost got his significant other talked into it. :D
     

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