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Premiere Lifetime for $99

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

  1. bacevedo

    bacevedo Member

    Oct 31, 2003
    Chandler, AZ
    I assume that it would require 3 years of some form of payment on it. She said 3 years old, but mine was active for the last 3 years, so that may have been implied.
  2. chef616

    chef616 New Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Yeah, it is just over 3 years old.
  3. TiVoTJung

    TiVoTJung New Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    I just started my tivo subscription on two premiere xl4s in november of last year.

    my account has to be at least 3 years old to get any kind of deal?
  4. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    At least a couple of years before any deal. TiVo subsidizes the hardware, so you need to have paid for a sub for a while before they make any real money off of you. They're not willing to deal until you're past that point.
  5. TiVoTJung

    TiVoTJung New Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    i bought both units off of ebay, still no deal huh?
  6. rcanoza

    rcanoza New Member

    Feb 2, 2014
    N. Calif.
    Recently called to cancel a Premiere XL and after making it clear I didn't care about maintaining 4-year-old hardware, was offered $99 lifetime. CSR actually had it in her script that this would enhance eBay resale value, which did give me a chuckle. Of course something like $350 in subscription fees were already sunk into it.

    AFAIK the company only make money off selling the analytics anyway
  7. kherr

    kherr New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    ... they make money on lawsuits, they lose money on the hardware and monthly fees ..... AFAIK they have never shown a profit on the sales side of the business .....
  8. rcanoza

    rcanoza New Member

    Feb 2, 2014
    N. Calif.
    OK there's that too
  9. thegink

    thegink New Member

    Feb 10, 2014
    I purchased a used 3-year old TiVo Premiere on Amazon for $60. Bought a WD 2TB hard drive and successfully put that in. I had about 5 months of service into it at $12.95 a month. After reading this forum I decided to take a chance and ask to cancel my service. I told them I wanted to close the account to save on money and that I planned on throwing the device away. They offered me the $99 lifetime service. Of course, I took the deal. Very satisfied. Thanks to everyone who posted.
  10. indyrobb

    indyrobb New Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    I have 2 premiers that I just replaced with a Roamio and Mini. I called to cancel the premiers as I no longer needed them. The rep did ask me what I was planning on doing with them, and I told him I was planning on gifting one to my sister, and keeping the other as a spare just in case something happened with the Roamio (oh the horror!). He offered me the 99 dollar lifetime on the one I've had over 3 years, but the one that is turning 2 years in 1 week was the 199.

    I jumped all over the 99 dollar deal. I went ahead and cancelled the other one, and truly will keep it around as a spare.
  11. gigaguy

    gigaguy New Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    I don't think they care where you got it or how long, as long as it's been active for 3 years. I had my used Craigslist P4 for only 2-3 months when I got the $99 deal. They offered it when I activated a used XL4 I got off craigslist.
  12. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

    Feb 8, 2009
    I bought a Roamio Pro on 1/31 using the advisory panel code. The guy on the phone transferred my annual MSD plan from my Premiere to the Roamio. Upon completing my deal he said nothing about continuing service on the Premiere so I asked if they had any deal's to keep the Premiere active. After a few minutes on hold he offered me $199 Lifetime on my 3 year old Premiere. The MSD annual rate I had on the Premiere was $99 a year. So I paid $99 a year x 3= 297 then $199 for Lifetime Service costing a total of $496 for service. I paid $67 for the Premiere online for a grand total of $563 invested in my Premiere. Not including the 2 TB HDD I put in it right after I bought it at $150.
    These things are pricey indeed but I still love them! I just ordered the Pro slide remote for $49, it should be here Friday.
  13. TiVoTJung

    TiVoTJung New Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    ill have to try it, cant hurt
  14. gigaguy

    gigaguy New Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Talking prices-
    my used P4 w/lifetime cost me $175.
    the box was $30, lifetime $99 and 3 months service before lifetime was $45.

    my unused XL4 w/lifetime was $225. has the ext warr.

    both from craigslist..
  15. Coolgrnmen

    Coolgrnmen New Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Would anyone like to provide advice on getting the best deal on a 4-tuner? I'm brand spanking new (kind of) and looking to get a TiVo for Verizon FiOS. I've had RCN (which includes TiVo!) for the past year, but they don't service the new building I'm moving to.
  16. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor MI
    I have some units for sale, PM me
  17. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    Is there any way of telling how long a Premiere has been in service from a previous owner as well as how long I have had it? I got a refurb 4-tuner Premiere off Woot. It is monthly and it running great, but I'd like to find out how long its been in service so I can then maybe try to get this $99 lifetime offer on it when it reaches 3yrs like suggested here.
  18. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Contact TiVo, give them the TSN, and ask when it was first put into service.
  19. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    Someone posted in another thread that there is a way to find out how many hours on a hard drive ( and thus the TiVo in most cases ) , but I think it involved removing the hard drive and temporary installing it a computer.
  20. telemark

    telemark New Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Confused here. Are there 2 different or 3 different lifetime offers going on for the Premieres?

    For example, if I find a brand new unactivated Premiere for a good price, is it's lifetime going to be $199 or like $499?

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