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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. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

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    How long do you think it will be before TWC/comcast starts charging per tuner in order to get around the Mini's savings?
     
  2. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

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    Then feel free to exit the thread. There's no need for me to continue to bore you. Sheesh.
     
  3. Goober96

    Goober96 New Member

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    Since the Mini doesn't have a tuner, wouldn't be an issue for Mini owners even if they did.
     
  4. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

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    yes, but the Roamio has 6 tuners. If they were to start charging for each tuner, I'm sure any savings for the Minis would be quickly eaten. However, I've gotten myself off topic as this doesn't have anything to do with a Lifetime subscription.
     
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Your original topic/question was answered and beat to death long ago.

    The reality is that it is unknowable if paying once (lifetime) or monthly for service will end up being "cheaper" for any individual TiVo purchase until after the fact. Which means there is no absolute right or wrong answer. All the scenarios people can think of have been covered and many people have given their results from prior purchases.

    I recommend that each person do what ever feels right to themselves and enjoy their TiVo DVR.
     
  6. bayern_fan

    bayern_fan New Member

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    Lifetime vs. monthly is similar to the prepaid vs. postpaid wireless argument with regards to smartphone subsidies.

    If you can afford the up-front cost of the device (Tivo + Lifetime, or a retail-price smartphone) it is nearly always better to go for that option over monthly installments.
     
  7. spaldingclan

    spaldingclan Member

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    I hate when mommy and daddy fight
     
  8. squiddohio

    squiddohio New Member

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    I think it must be my fault.
     
  9. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    I doubt it will ever happen. If they start charging per tuner for CableCard devices, then they would have to start charging per tuner on their DVRs as well. And they can know how many tuners your CableCard supports, but can they actually tell for sure how many tuners your CableCard device actually has or is using? You can have a 6-tuner capable CableCard working in a single-tuner device.
     
  10. pegasus

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    That is not true.

    The base model Roamio (like the 1st version of the Premiere) also allow its owners to receive OTA programing as well as cable.

    Like so many others, I have been very happy with the reliability of the hardware used in previous Tivo models. That's why my purchase of Lifetime programing for my Series 1, which is still plugging away after more than 14 years of service was a great bargain.
     
  11. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Yeah and then OP brings up the tired old 'but what if Tivo goes out of business?' line and it's obvious at that point that he really doesn't care what anyone else here says. Logic has no bearing.
     
  12. squiddohio

    squiddohio New Member

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    You for got to mention that he thinks math is subjective.
     
  13. skid71

    skid71 Member

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    From the many pages of evidence, the above is true.
     
  14. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    LOL.... The old "is PLS a good deal" topic. Always a reliable way to launch a huge thread that doesn't settle anything. :D
     
  15. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    I think we pretty much settled that TiVo lifetime service is a better deal than monthly service under almost any scenario.
     
  16. poppagene

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    If you can't afford, it's often best to buy used. In this case buying a used tivo with lifetime. A tivo hd with lifetime can be in the $200 - $250 neighbor hood with used premieres a bit more.
     
  17. gcondrey

    gcondrey New Member

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    This is exactly my issue. I came from DirecTv and the cost of that, plus Comcast Internet only, got out of hand. Went with Comcast double play to save about $85 a month but hated their DVR. I bought my Roamio Plus and am very happy with it but find Comcast so hard to deal with. Every month they have something wrong on my bill, no two months have been the same since I began 7 months ago.

    I may get so fed up with Comcast's customer service that I have to bolt back to satellite. In that case, the lifetime Tivo service would hinder my ability to change.
     
  18. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Correct. Monthly is for suckers.
     
  19. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Um, resale value? :rolleyes:

    Like I said, in this thread logic has no bearing for some.
     
  20. aristoBrat

    aristoBrat Active Member

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    Ha, maybe that would inspire them to update the cable card/tuning adapter firmwares (in all markets) so that they actually supported 6 tuners!
     

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