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Premiere Lifetime for $99

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by dhoward, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Oct 18, 2013 #21 of 250
    ort

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    I hate how complicated this stuff is.

    Why do they make it so hard? It's just frustrating as a consumer.

    I shouldn't have to come up with complicated plans on how I want to upgrade this stuff.
     
  2. Oct 18, 2013 #22 of 250
    HeatherA

    HeatherA Old AVS Forum Member

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    I just cancelled service on a premier that I replaced with a Roamio a few months back. I would have kept it in a heartbeat if I'd been offered $99 lifetime. The guy on the phone was nearly silent the entire call and had me on hold for ages. Didn't offer a thing... just cancelled my box.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2013 #23 of 250
    atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    It is only complicated when we want deals, like being offered $99 lifetime as a retention offer. The problem with retention offers is they change and are not advertised. Without these forums most of use wouldn't know about them unless we were offered one. The same thing happens with many services like cable TV or telephone. I would look at them as a fire sale, if you catch one your lucky if you don't, don't worry about it.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2013 #24 of 250
    shamilian

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    It is actually not that unfair....

    If you pay for at least 3 years of services with a previous generation of Tivo then they offer a $99 deal... This has you pay more than the lifetime rate would have paid. If you have gotten some lower rate they will not typically offer the program. They may offer it at a higher amount like $199.

    They just want the total to be more than the lifetime rate...
     
  5. Oct 18, 2013 #25 of 250
    gigaguy

    gigaguy New Member

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    Yay, for us newbies wanting Premiere deals. New Roamio purchasers can now lifetime their Premieres for $99 or $199 to sell them off.
    ...now to find a lifetimed 4 tuner...
     
  6. Oct 19, 2013 #26 of 250
    unitron

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    If TiVo had any sense, they'd have someone high up in CS monitoring this site even more closely than she does.

    Just look at the "expired cookie" fiasco from last February--people here had it figured out and a workaround invented while TiVo was still trying to wake up and realize that there was a problem.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2013 #27 of 250
    davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    And then word for word, implement the update as posted to the community... ;)
     
  8. Oct 21, 2013 #28 of 250
    DCIFRTHS

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    What was the "expired cookie" fiasco?
     
  9. Oct 21, 2013 #29 of 250
    SNJpage1

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    DCIFTHS, because of a date in the programing of Tivo Desktop, it caused a problem where you couldn't transfer programs from your Tivo to the computer. Every one had to go in and edit a file in the software.
     
  10. Oct 22, 2013 #30 of 250
    Dr_Zoidberg

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    When I purchased Lifetime for my XL4, they allowed me to get Lifetime for my HD for $99.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2013 #31 of 250
    nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I'll bet that the devil in the details is that the HD had been on a monthly plan, and had been so for at least a couple years. They wanted that HD to remain a subscription they could count in their quarterly reports, rather than risk it being discontinued and put in a closet.

    Sometimes it actually DOES pay to be a monthly subscriber.

    Timing is everything, though. It's hard to predict the best course, when you don't know what they are or aren't going to offer and when.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2013 #32 of 250
    unitron

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    I think it was actually a hard date coded into the TiVo software, because although they issued a patch for Desktop that apparently did the same thing as the workaround invented here, they had to issue updates for S2 and S3 software, and didn't issue an updated version of Desktop.
     
  13. Oct 22, 2013 #33 of 250
    DCIFRTHS

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  14. Nov 1, 2013 #34 of 250
    jlin

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    Is that for sure? I'd definitely buy a Lifetime Roamio just to get $99 Lifetime on my Premier.
     
  15. Nov 1, 2013 #35 of 250
    midlomuncher

    midlomuncher New Member

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    My Premiere (2TB) on a $99 annual sub was up in September. I called to cancel the service.

    The rep asked if I wanted to transfer it with the sub to someone. I said no and that I was going to stick it in the closet.

    They came back with a $199 Lifetime offer. I said no and then asked for $99 Lifetime. The rep had to ask the supervisor. They approved the $99 Lifetime. I agreed and then sold it on ebay for $375 minus fees.

    I had already purchased a Roamio Pro with Lifetime and I'm a long time TiVo subscriber.
     
  16. Nov 2, 2013 #36 of 250
    overFEDEXed

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    On my Premiere;

    I have a two-tuner, that has been on its plan ($6.95) for years. The rep told me that I could sell it and transfer the plan with the box, then another rep said no.

    Another rep said that I could transfer the $6.95 plan to an Elite, then the next rep said no. They said that the plan stays with the box???

    On another call the rep said that they could offer me the $199 Lifetime, not the $99, because the box had not been on it's plan for at least three years???
    Yes it has.

    When I asked the rep about doing the $199 lifetime, could I transfer the $6.95 plan to a brand new, never activated two-tuner Premiere, they said no. It could only transfer to a active or recently deactivated box, not a new one.

    On the HD's;

    Way back when, I called Tivo to buy an Elite. They had already put the $150/$99 LT on my HD's for me. The rep said that I should buy some more HD's, put the $99 lifetime on them, then sell to cover the cost of a four tuner Elite. The "TOP" box, at that time. They did put the $99 LT on many more boxes. I don't even remember how many all together.

    I have purchased over a dozen Tivo's, but on some of these $99 LT requests, I bought nothing from them. I guess that over the years, they made their money off of me. Who knows.

    On the Roamio;

    No deals that I have heard about, on plans. I did ask about transferring my $6.95 plan to a Basic. They said "Not yet, they are too new"

    The Tivo reps say they put notes on your account when you call. My advice is if they make an offer, jump on it then and there, unless you like playing "The CSR roulette"
     
  17. Dec 11, 2013 #37 of 250
    BaileySVU2001

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    Before the Roamio's were released, I picked up a new XL4 at a steep discount on Amazon to replace an old Premiere. I called to cancel the Premiere and every time they gave me a free month to think about it. Finally it was due to bill again (at $19.99) and I called and said I wanted to cancel and they offered me $199 lifetime or a free moca adapter. Instead of canceling, the CSR gave me ANOTHER free month to think about it. I called back the next month to do the lifetime and the new CSR said that offer was no longer available and that I had been comp'd 7 of the last 12 months (very true). He also said the notes indicated that I had asked for a free moca adapter. So, I ended up canceling.

    Talked to tech support tonight and they asked me how my free moca adapter was working out.
     
  18. Dec 12, 2013 #38 of 250
    gigaguy

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    I have a used Premiere basic I got 3 months ago in the box w/ slide remote, on the $15 month rate. Yesterday I got an insane CL deal for a New in the box XL4 w/lifetime and 3yr warr.

    When I called TiVO to transfer over the XL4 I asked if there was any deal on my basic Premiere and they said yes, you can Lifetime it for $99. I was surprised...and paid it! Did they do that because I added the 'used' XL4? seems crazy to me. Everytime this used XL4 is sold Tivo will offer discounts to Tivos a buyer already has. How are they making money doing that? not complaining but...
     
  19. Dec 12, 2013 #39 of 250
    BaileySVU2001

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    Very nice. I wonder how much leeway the CSR's have. Seems like there's different offers based on the CSR's mood.
     
  20. Dec 12, 2013 #40 of 250
    unitron

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    CL?
     

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