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Is there anyway to give a gift of tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by HazelW, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. HazelW

    HazelW Member

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    Is there anyway to give someone a gift of a tivo with lifetime? It looks like tivo used to have gift cards but discontinued them a few years ago. When you buy a tivo from tivo.com you have to sign up for service and there does not appear to be anyway to give it as a gift?
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You can do it over the phone. I've done it a couple times.

    Or you can just order it online and when you get it call and have it transferred to the recipients account.
     
  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Order online, and specify the shipping address and billing address as different.
     
  4. replaytv

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    I have bought a lot of TiVos from people that received TiVos for gifts. They never used them at all.
    I have tried to give TiVos with lifetime service to my family/friends. None would take them. I don't know why.
     
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I think the reality is that most of us posting on this forum are really DVR enthusiasts and overestimate the general publics view of DVRs. There are several reasons that TiVo stand alone DVRs are a niche product, one of them is that the general public just don't care and even if they want a DVR they want one that is taken care of by their Pay TV provider.
     
  6. lessd

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    That is correct, not only is the DVR from say Comcast taken care of, but is set up by Comcast, have a problem call Comcast, they will fix or replace your DVR, no extra cost to you. Both of my married kids have TiVo(s) I gave them as gifts over the years, they love them because if they have any problem "DAD" will fix it, (I live less than 30 minutes from them) and they have had some problems over the years, that for me were easily fixed. I have about 6 friends that use TiVo and I (not TiVo) am the person they call when they have a problem, the rest of my friends use Comcast because they don't want to bother me with DVR problems.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yeah my family all has TiVos too, but only because I bought them and support them. If left to their own devices they'd probably have cable DVRs or nothing at all.
     
  8. lessd

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    TiVo should figure out a way to capitalize on this type of business model (Family and friends service and setup), but I don't know how TiVo could do this.
     
  9. lew

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    Wasn't the old rewards program one such way? Get your friends and family to sign up with your code and you got some "stuff"
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yep. I still have an iPod Mini I got through that program that I use in my car. And my Sister still uses a Glo remote I got through that as well.

    I think they dumped it because people were abusing it. I remember seeing people asking strangers on the forum to use their codes and I even remember people selling the rights to using someone's code on eBay. (i.e. pay me $10 and I'll use your code to buy a new TiVo)
     
  11. etz

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    Yup, that's why I refuse to buy my own telephone, especially since I can conveniently lease my phone from the phone company. The rotary dial is acting up lately, so I'm just going to call them and have them replace it with one of those touch tone models. Maybe I'll even get one of those 'princess' phones at a slight surcharge.

    I'm kidding of course, but some people still think that way.
     
  12. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I not sure that an old rotary phone to a new tone phone is the same amount of difference as a Comcast DVR to a TiVo DVR, OH I think ATT will still rent you a tone phone as about 6 years ago I had an old aunt living about an hour from, me so I rented her phone so when there was a problem I would not have to spend 2 hours in my car to fix it, just called ATT.
     
  13. replaytv

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    I use to work at AT&T and there were little old ladies that would call in and have maintenance on their old dark ages phone. We would sent out a tech to replace the phone, always a free upgrade.

    I called Centurylink and changed my service. They sent out a refurbished free DSL router cuz I wanted one with N WIFI!!
     

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