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Cheapest way to transfer service to a new box

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tomhayes, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. tomhayes

    tomhayes New Member

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    My Tivo Series 3 HD box is in bad shape - I bought it 2nd hand 3 years ago and during shipping it was damaged but functional, and now the 1TB hard drive I put in it is failing.

    So I bought a Tivo Premiere XL4 2Tb off of Craigslist for $130 dollars.

    I currently pay $12.95 for my service, but I called Tivo today and they want $14.95 a month for the Premiere.

    Is there a strategy to get them to lower their price that has worked for others here? Any special promos, code words, coupon codes?
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Nope. They raised the monthly fee for Premiere and later models and unless you get really lucky with CSR roulette it's going to cost more.

    One thing they might do is offer you $99 lifetime on the S3. If you take that you can probably sell it, even broken, for $150+ and recoup the fee plus some.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If he does that, sells it, won't his per month on the S4 no longer be eligible for MSD and go up to $19.95?
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Full price is $14.95/mo now. If someone is still paying $19.95 and is past their 1 or 2 yr commitment period they should call and see if they can get it lowered.
     
  5. poppagene

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    First open the hood on the tivo hd. check the power supply for bulging capacitors. If you have a multimeter, check the voltages on the red (5v) yellow (12v) and orange (3v) with the hard drive plugged in. Replace any bulging caps. see http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9587343

    Take the hard drive out and run the manufacturers diagnostics on it. If the drive is failing replace it cheaply.

    Repairing the power supply or replacing the hard driver is your cheapest option.
     
  6. tomhayes

    tomhayes New Member

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    Update: I got the new (well, used) Tivo Premiere upgraded to Lifetime for $199

    I had bought the Tivo from a guy on Criagslist, let's call him Bill. He had had the Tivo for 14 months, but had not used it in 10 since he moved to an area where his cable company didn't support Tivo, but he was still paying the monthly bill for - and it was paid until November 23rd of this year. (So figure it was passed the one year service commitment.)

    Here's what I did:
    I called Tivo and said I had bought the Tivo from my acquaintance Bill and he called customer service to cancel the service you had offered to convert it to Lifetime for $199. (This is actually true.)

    They wanted details like his account number, his last name, etc - but I said I just new him as Bill, but I'm sure the Tivo number would show them the offer.

    I got transferred at least once and put on hold a few times, but they offered it like this:

    They did the Lifetime conversion on his existing account, but used my Credit Card number.
    They said the conversion would take place on November 23rd.
    They gave me a reference number and on November 23rd I am to call back, read them the reference number, and have the Tivo added to my account.

    So on November 23rd I'll add the Tivo to my existing account, transfer my Season passes, and then examine the issues around my series 3.

    I guess if they offer Lifetime for $99 on it I could do it, then sell my failing Tivo for more than $99.
     
  7. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Umm, unless it's some VERY small cable company, they HAVE to provide cable cards, by law... as far as I understand, and someone correct me...
     
  8. nycityuser

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    AT&T U-verse isn't compatible with TiVo. So maybe that was the guy's "cable" company.
     
  9. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Valid point. Then he has to clarify!
     
  10. vurbano

    vurbano New Member

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    as long as you tell prospective buyers that it is failing. Of course no one will buy it then.
     
  11. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If I thought the problem was the power supply and/or the hard drive, and not the motherboard, then lifetime would make it attractive at a low enough price.

    If it was an original S3 (TCD648250(B)), then the ability to move the crypto chip (and the lifetime sub with it) to another motherboard if necessary would definitely make it attractive.
     

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