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Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by dhoward, Sep 18, 2013.
I think that means Craigslist.
yes Craiglist, the seller never used the XL4, but it was on his acct and transferred to my acct fine. Apparently he has 5-6 Tivos, including new Roamios. My older used Premiere must have been in service 3 years before me, but a few weeks ago when I called TiVo they said they could only lifetime it for $199 and that was only if I was buying a new Roamio. I guess it passed the 3 yr mark. They must do the $99 Lifetime on older Premieres if you also have an XL4 or a Roamio? I think they did mention the XL4 had been bought at full price.
I like how TiVo credits 2nd owners like they were the orig full price buyer, can't complain..
So what happens if I buy a Romio and get them to give me a $99 lifetime for my Premiere. If I later return the Romio, what happens to the Premiere that has been converted to lifetime?
I think it stays lifetimed. but I wouldn't return the Roamio to Tivo, I would sell it 3rd party. The main effect on your Premiere, I think, is that you could not use it to leverage other discounts later on on other boxes you add to your acct. No multi-box discount off of it or other deals.
I considered this too, but I wouldn't return the Roamio, I'd sell it to someone.
Roamio has the 1 yr commitment, so if someone stops paying the monthly fee before 12 months, they will be charged the $75 early termination fee.
I just talked to Tivo again about an old Premiere. They said since it's been deactivated for over 30 days it does not qualify for discounted lifetime. The best they can do is the multi-service discount (since I have a current XL4) of $12.95/month.
Was hoping to get it up and running again or the basement, but not at $12.95/month. Looks like it's back to the closet. Is there something I'm not doing right when I'm talking to tivo? Seems like discounted lifetime subscriptions are pretty easily obtained from reading the boards.
I'm guessing that if you activate it for a couple of months TiVo might be more agreeable to offer lifetime discount on it. or jut keep calling and asking.
I'd think TiVo would love having additional boxes to report on their quarterly call... no idea why they're not activating these old ones for cheap. I've got a 2-tuner Premiere that hasn't been powered up in like 10 or 12 months. And it'll never be powered up again unless they float me a $99 offer.
I keep hoping that maybe that email will come thru like it did last year, at the end of 2012 for the $49 lifetime on deactivated boxes. I know some of us got them and some didnt. I've got several just sitting in the closet that will just sit there for years to come.
I called to cancel my premiere since I got a roamio. The rep asked what I was going to do with it and I said "I don't know". He recommended selling it and he will flag it for the $99 lifetime if I sell it to someone within 3 months and gave me a credit on my bill for that. He said the person can call to transfer the Tivo to them and get the $99 lifetime when they do it.
I posted a Series 3 I have on Craigslist. It currently doesn't have any kind of subscription to it. I posted in the ad how its eligible for the $99 lifetime offer. I got someone interested.
They actually want to get the $99 lifetime offer on it, but says they don't have a TiVo account and were therefore told they can't get this offer. Says it can only be done for current subscribers. In turn, they want me to get it lifetimed and will then pay me the extra $100. I told them I will look into and I am not sure I want to mess with all that.
I know I was able to get this $99 offer in the past on another Series 3 when I initially subscribed (& made it the 4th TiVo on my account), but then "changed my mind" less than 30 days. They then basically offered me the $99 lifetime offer and then also credited the initial $9.99 from the first month.
Now, if I can maybe get TiVo to "flag" it for the $99 lifetime offer as mentioned here, this seems like a better & easier option. Of course, after lifetiming it, being able to sell it on ebay for slightly more then might be an even better option too.
Nor sure why you would assume a new subscriber could get a $99 deal. some longterm users with multiple active TiVos can't always get it.
I'm cautious I guess, but I would not pay for a used 'lifetimed' TiVo unless the unit is currently certified lifetime by TiVo.
I just upgraded to roamio + mini and they are being shipped. I have two premieres. One I paid monthly sub for 3 years and they let me put lifetime on it for 99$. My question is the second premiere will have been on a monthly sub for 2 years at the end of the month. Will they offer lifetime for 199$ on it? Should I wait until it has been exactly 2 years to call?
What would it hurt to call now? You never know. I assume it will be $199 to lifetime it if it's less than 3 years activation. at the least they can set it up to automatically process the $199 cc charge when it qualifies. The details will show up in your online tivo acct.
I called to today to ask about a premier that I have for almost 1 year.
They gave me the $199 deal and scheduled for it switch over as soon as 1 year is up.
I asked for $99 deal, but the guy said only 3 year old unit qualify.
I didn't ask if they make exceptions. Anyway $199 was good enough for me.
Most likely I would have had to buy roamio to get $99, but I don't really need a roamio.
I purchased a Roamio Pro with the past Amazon deal and call Tivo to activate it with lifetime with the multi-discount. I have a Premier at $14.99 a month 1 year commitment and an Premier XL on a $99 a year.
I was told the standard Premier was only 2 years old and not eligible for $99 lifetime. The XL was eligible for $99 lifetime but the Customer Service rep did not want to give it to me since it just renewed $99 for the year in November.
I pleaded with her, saying I understand that I just paid, can you please give me the lifetime on it. She refused.
Then I said I was giving it as a gift it didn't matter I wanted to give it with lifetime. She relented and said she would do it. Gave the CC number and everything.
Two days latter, still the XL did not update to status 5 Lifetime, still at status 3 Good Standing but my Roamio did update to lifetime.
Called back and this is reflected online, she put in the $99 lifetime as the NEXT PLAN when my annual expires in November 2014.
So there is no way I can see to sell this box with lifetime as I can't take a screen shot of the info, I have an email saying my next service plain is lifetime but the email does not identify the TSN or anything that shows what box it is referring to.
I think the best bet for me is come 2/1/14 when my standard Premier comes off its annual commitment is to cancel service on that box. I don't need three boxes in Ten tuners with only two TV's. Both the Roamio Pro and XL have larger HD's.
Maybe when i cancel they might offer the $199 for that box, could still sell it at a profit.
Just don't know what to do...
I called to "cancel" the other premiere which I have paid a monthly sub for 2 years. They offered me a free month and to discount it to a monthly 9.99$/sub or 199$ lifetime. I asked about getting another 99$ sub and she said it had to be monthly for 3 years. I guess it would be a wash as it will be 3 years in 10 months. So 99$/month X 10 = 100$ Then it will be eligible for 99$ lifetime = 199$ lifetime sub. Anyways I guess I could keep calling and ask for a manager or something to try to get a lifetime for 99$.
I have a lifetime premiere elite and a 2 tuner premiere that is on a monthly plan ($12.95). I called and told them that I was considering replacing the 2 tuner premiere with a mini, but wanted to see what type of deal I could get to add lifetime. They offered me the $99 lifetime sub and I took it. Call took about 5 minutes.
Is your premier more than 3yr old?
I have a Premiere that I got back in January 2011 that was set to auto renew tomorrow (1/20/2014) for the annual plan at $129. I called today and asked them if I could get a better deal, like $99, on lifetime because I was thinking of canceling my service. I wasn't lying, I have been thinking of canceling because we do almost all of our viewing through Roku and streaming.
The woman was very friendly and said that they are doing deals for premieres but it depends on how old it is. She said since mine is 3 years old, she could do lifetime for $99. There is no other device on my account, so this isn't tied to the purchase of a Roamio. I have had the annual plan on it since I owned it. I used to have two premieres, but sold the other one about 3 months ago.
So others might be able to call and get lifetime for $99 if your premiere is at least 3 years old. She seemed to imply that was the only requirement.
I was very happy with paying one final $99 fee to keep this premiere for recording some live OTA TV. We rarely use it, but it's nice to have for things that we can't stream.
I think she meant paying on it for at least 3 years right? I have a Premiere but I have never activated it and it should be around 3 years. Would I qualify if I've never used it? Also, I have 2 other Premiers with lifetime already so this would be the 3rd.