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How many subscriptions?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by clherv, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Alvasan

    Alvasan New Member

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    After reading this forum about subscription access keys, Sorry to say My hate for this company got biger, I got 2 Tivos to use with my Comcast Cable Service, that way I reduced cost on leasing HD Comcast DVRs and enjoy the HD, A plus for the Tivos Premier 4 so far.Again but if I need 2 subscriptions at $15 a shot there is my no way jose, Advice to Tivo, You are not so special to let you company put its hands in my pokets. I will hold my opinion what ever I go. Sorry Tivo your company fall in the list of American Companies Abusers.
     
  2. Alvasan

    Alvasan New Member

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    :mad: really very bad, still tivo prices are not justified for me, why I got this 2 Premier 4 Grrrrrrrrrr, Yeah they are very limited, well doing half the job they supossed to do. May say some Atorney Generals My look intoTivo some day
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  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    I'm sorry but your lack of understanding how the Tivo process with subscriptions and service work is not Tivo's problem, nor would an "Attorney General" have anything to do with it. Tivo's pricing is very well published and on the boxes and retailers, your misunderstanding it is not their problem, plenty of folks are fine with it.

    If you dig a bit deeper it should be clear that purchasing the Lifetime service is the way to go since it pays for itself in 3 years and the boxes last significantly longer than that.
     
  4. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

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    you only need 1 and add the second tivo to it
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    That is one serious ripoff. A 2nd Tivo used to be only $6.99 or so under the MSD. You're just making me feel much better about switching to HTPCs and dropping Tivo.;)
     
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Thank you for sharing your gloat.
     
  7. heyted

    heyted New Member

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    I agree with this, but I would like to point out that a guide used for channel changing can be added by purchasing additional hardware such as a ~$100 Google TV device. Google TV's hdmi passthru allows the guide to be overlayed on the currently playing channel, and it is quite convenient.
     
  8. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    You're quite welcome.:D
     
  9. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    This is just utterly stupid. TiVo is in business to make money. They have a business plan that offers the consumer two different ways to cover the cost of delivering the product to the consumer. Both involve letting the customer obtain a unit at far below TiVo's cost to deliver the unit. Once done, the consumer has a choice of purchasing Product Lifetime Service for a lump sum of cash, or else pay a much smaller monthly sum for as long as they use the unit. They even go so far as to discount additional plans if one already has a valid service plan. Complaining about having to pay for the things one uses is just petulant nonsense. If you don't want to pay one or more monthly fees, then cough up the pesos for PLS or don't buy the product. Any CATV company will be most happy to lease you several of their DVRs - for a monthly fee.
     
  10. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Oh, give me a break. First of all, that is the cost for a Premiere, which TiVo is selling much further below cost than they did the other series. Right now the MSD monthly charge for an S3 is $9.95. More to the point is the fact you have spent one whole helluva lot more on your HTPCs than $13 a month, and the result is having a whole lot of hardware on your hands that would not have done me one single, solitary bit of good until I recently switched CATV providers.
     
  11. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    No, apparently it is ours. We have to "listen" to it.

    No kidding. Not only are their practices 100% legal in every respect, they are generally speaking far more consumer friendly than most.

    Actually, it's usually less than that, depending upon how one counts. The actual break-even is really between 18 and 24 months, especially if one counts the resale value. Three years is worst case.
     
  12. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    My three HTPCs cost me exactly $11.97 per month, which is the cost to rent three cablecards from FIOS. They have far more functionality than a Tivo so if you consider the ability to play DVDs and Blu-Rays vs. standalone players, they're cost effective compared to a Tivo. There's no set price for a HTPC because you can build them to suit your tastes and needs, so the cost is whatever you want to put into it. I've actually built fully functional HTPCs for less than $200. With a Tivo you buy a box, rent a cablecard, and then either pay a monthly fee or cough up the cash for a lifetime subscription. HTPCs come with lifetime automatically, or at least as long as guide data is still available.

    FWIW, I've spent far more on Tivos over the years than I ever have on HTPCs. If Tivo is what you want then I'm not going to argue. Everyone uses whatever suits their needs. It's a win-win for everyone. Just don't try debating the cost vs. functionality because Tivo loses every time. Then again, everyone doesn't need the same functions so a Tivo may be all that is required.
     

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