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Explain Why Lifetime Service isn't a hugely bad idea

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bengalfreak, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Mar 13, 2014 #81 of 196
    mpnret

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    It's a tough call. I am still sitting on the fence on this one. Initial plan was to add a mini to my Roamio pro. But when I called in to cancel my 1 year old XL4 service they offered me lifetime for $99. I jumped on it being it made it more marketable on ebay. Now I am having second thoughts. If I keep the XL4, cable card is free from Comcast, I have backup unit to Roamio if ever needed, extra storage space, plus 4 extra tuners. I figure I could get $300. tops for the XL4 and the mini w/lifetime would cost $238. So close to a wash there.
     
  2. Mar 13, 2014 #82 of 196
    L David Matheny

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    What number do you dial for 911 emergency service? OK, (seriously) the PLSR code is "PLSR", and you enter it when you are activating your new TiVo bought from somebody other than TiVo themselves. It's worked for a long time, and I used it back in January.
     
  3. Mar 13, 2014 #83 of 196
    jrtroo

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    The problem with Comcast is the outlet fee. A mini gets you out of that fee, which is around $10/mo for most areas.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2014 #84 of 196
    mpnret

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    I don't pay an outlet fee for the second cable card. I do pay an outlet fee for a HD DTA but that was on the account before adding the second cable card.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2014 #85 of 196
    javabird

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    Sorry for the OT question, but how do you travel with the TivoHD - do you take along an antenna?
     
  6. Mar 13, 2014 #86 of 196
    Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    One could have several hundred hours of recorded shows on one's TiVo HD. You could plug it into a hotel tv or at a relatives house you are staying at and what watch what you want when you want.
    I pack mine in my luggage.

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk
     
  7. Mar 13, 2014 #87 of 196
    Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    I live in Michigan but travel to Arizona during the winter. Phoenix has Cox cable so I hook it up, do not use a cable card, just basic cable.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2014 #88 of 196
    bklinc

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    Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for me. Comcast removed the monthly DVR rental, but added in a monthly fee for "an additional digital outlet" which, when combined with the TiVo monthly fee, amounted to more than the Comcast DVR rental. Apparently, the "additional digital outlet" fee was "included" with the DVR rental fee!
     
  9. Mar 13, 2014 #89 of 196
    bklinc

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    OK! I'm 73 years old! Don't know how long I'll live, but hopefully my kids can reap the benefits of lifetime TiVo service. I have a Premier and a basic Roamio. I will now purchase lifetime service for both, and pray a lot!
     
  10. Mar 13, 2014 #90 of 196
    brianric

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    I have two Tivo's and Philly Comcast, and I'm not paying an outlet fee.
     
  11. Mar 14, 2014 #91 of 196
    Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    I had no outlet fee. Then one month I got a letter from Comcast in Philly saying they had made an error and weren't charging my outlet fees.

    I'm dumping two Premieres and changing them to Minis.
     
  12. Mar 14, 2014 #92 of 196
    tarheelblue32

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    I've read that Time Warner is starting to charge outlet fees too. Outlet fees just make the Minis w/lifetime an even better deal.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2014 #93 of 196
    ncfoster

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    I think those who are lucky enough not to pay the outlet fees are likely to get hit with them eventually when the automated audits hit their account.

    Good luck to anyone who isn't paying it, though.
     
  14. Mar 14, 2014 #94 of 196
    boulderskies

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    What's 911? :)

    So, it appears I can go into my TiVo account on a Roamio that I bought about 2 months ago and still purchase a Lifetime; can I use the PLSR code at that point???
     
  15. Mar 14, 2014 #95 of 196
    Grakthis

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    I would sell the XL4 and get the mini. Actually, I would keep the XL4 and get a mini and use the XL4 for OTA recording and storage (transferring shows to and from it as needed) and then if something horrible happened to the Roamio, you can use the XL4. Or lend the XL4 to a friend/family member to use.
     
  16. Mar 14, 2014 #96 of 196
    mpnret

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    Doesn't make sense to keep the XL4 and get the mini especially since I have no need for OTA. I am leaning toward keeping the XL4 and skipping the mini. I may have to rethink this if they start charging me for the cable card in the XL4 but for now it's free in both the Roamio and XL4. I tried researching this charge a bit and opinions are all over the place. And just when you think you understand the Comcast charges you notice that little disclaimer at the end "Certain markets may have alternative pricing.".
     
  17. Mar 14, 2014 #97 of 196
    mpnret

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    Just log on to your TiVo account and click on schedule a future plan. My roamio Pro is about 2 months old and it offers me lifetime for $399. ($499 is next to it crossed out). At that point you can click on have a promotional code and enter PLSR. It will then dispaly PLSR pricing which is also $399. At that point you can just log out and do nothing.
     
  18. Mar 14, 2014 #98 of 196
    Grakthis

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    Oh, I missed that the CC was free. That definitely changes things. I pay for each CC.
     
  19. Mar 18, 2014 #99 of 196
    bengalfreak

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    Wow, no need to get nasty and imply that I am stupid...:D
     
  20. slowbiscuit

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    No, just kind of tired of how you're using any excuse you can come up with to pay monthly, which is pretty much in line with how most of the country rolls.
     

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