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Finally retired my grandfathered May 1999 S1

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ah30k, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

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    The ol' girls has been running like a champ for 14 years.

    I was holding out for the 6-tuner model but for a number of reasons decided to pull the trigger now on a Premium 4 and a mini.

    Transfer the grandfathered lifetime service with one-time transfer to the P4.

    Ordered a 2g hard drive for the upgrade and we'll move into the 21st century.

    Any other old-timers hanging around?
     
  2. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

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    I'm partially in the 21st century already with an S3 but finally had the need to do more multi-room viewing.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Wow. I sure TiVo hates you now. ;)
     
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Maybe not. That's one less grandfathered lifetime in their books. ;)
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Back then it was only $199 for lifetime. So he used it for 14 years then transferred it to a new TiVo which he'll likely use for at least 3-4 more. That's 17+ years of service for $200. (<$1 per month) Talk about a good value. :)
     
  6. ah30k

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    All for the low-low price of a single hard drive upgrade. That was all.

    Of course, the original unit cost an arm and a leg back then. I remember bringing it home thinking the wife was going to kill me for spending that much on a piece of electronics.

    Once she used it though, there was no going back. She got hooked. More so that I wished!
     
  7. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

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    By the way, I wonder how much TiVo has to pay to keep their dial-in numbers active for nightly call-ins??
     
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I was wondering that too.
     
  9. gfgray

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    I think Tivo borrows dial-in numbers from certain ISPs or from the telco. I think I remember some Tivo local dial-in numbers being the same as certain ISPs in a small town.
     
  10. Donzi

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    Mine are not quite that old but I have S1' s from 2000 and 2002 that are still going strong. Each has had hard drives replaced and each originally had lifetime service. I transfered one lifetime to my S3 in 2006 when I moved up to HD but kept monthly service on it so both S1' s have been handed down for my sons use. He was 3 at the time and now he is almost 9 and has been using them daily with a CRT TV. He doesn't know what what TV is like without Tivo.:) :)

    He's ready to move up to a flat screen HD set so I'm hoping for a new lifetime transfer option for the 2nd S1 so I can retire both my S1's and let him move up to one of the S3's and I'll get another Premiere or move the lifetime to my XL4. :D
     
  11. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

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    We still have our two S1's in active use. One was free from the original contest (where you wrote a paragraph about why you needed a Tivo). The other was "free" from buying two on clearance at WallMart and selling one on eBay for the cost of both. They've both had lifetime since day-one.

    I suspect I'm a "poor" Tivo customer since I've spent so little money over the years. :)
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I "won" one of those too. In fact IIRC there was some sort of mistake made and everyone who entered accidentally "won" so there were quite a few of us that got free TiVos from that. :)
     
  13. SnakeEyes

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    I "won" one of those too. It still works but needs a HD replacement that isnt going to happen. One less dial-in
     
  14. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

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    If it's got lifetime service I imagine you could sell it to someone who would be happy to replace the disk (or even give it to me :) ).
     
  15. dallastx

    dallastx New Member

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    When I upgraded to a TiVoHD in 2007 I was expecting a battle in transferring my Lifetime. I even saved a copy of Richard Bullwinkle's 1/21/2000 post on avsforum. To my surprise, the customer rep told me about transferring my Lifetime before I could start arguing. I was impressed.
     
  16. MScottC

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    I've still got my grandfathered Series One running in our office. I also have a Series 3 running in our livingroom on the $7/month MSD. I'm waiting for this fall when I'll replace both with a rumored Series 5 for the livingroom and a Mini for the office. The only reason I'm holding out is that I want to maintain my ability to to do OTA, and not have to rely solely on cable. I can't complain about what I've paid TiVo over the years. Yes I bought expensive units, and installed new HDs over the years, but the monthly costs have been very low. And I expect them to go even lower this fall.
     
  17. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

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    I was hoping for the 6-tuner as well but our home situation made it such that a 4-tuner now is better than a 6-tuner later.
     

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