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Premiere Lifetime for $99

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

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    With lifetime, you could sell for maybe $300, without you'll be lucky to get $50.
  2. ejuand

    ejuand New Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    I upgraded to a Roamio.
    Kept the premier active to transfer season passes.
    I called to cancel and they offered me the lifetime for $99.
    I had the dvr for 2 yrs 11 months.
  3. tivoboy

    tivoboy Member

    Jan 14, 2002
    A bit OT but is there a link to the process to do the SP transfer?

    When you setup the romaio and the premier was on the same network, were you able to transfer any shows?
  4. spaldingclan

    spaldingclan Member

    Aug 22, 2012
  5. Cybernut

    Cybernut Member

    Oct 1, 2013
    Thank you ejuand. Yet another example of less than 3 years of subscription to get $99 lifetime. In my case it was 2 years 8 months.
  6. d_bondi

    d_bondi Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    I have 2 TiVo Premieres, and called TiVo and spoke with a CSR on 03/03/2014.

    The first has been on yearly subscription for 4 years and is renewing in a few months, the second has been on yearly subscription for 3 years and had just renewed for the 4th a little over 30 days before my call to TiVo.

    The short/quick response when I told them I was considering everything from cancelling to switching to a new Roamio, was we can sell you a Roamio at a reduced ($179) price and allow you to switch an existing plan over. That wasn't bad since they no longer offer the yearly plan, but not a great offer. The next was to offer $199 for Lifetime Service. Again, OK, but not special, I had received this offer via email recently.

    I pointed out that if I switched to a new Roamio or cancelled, they would receive no more revenue from the Premieres and told them I had heard of offers of $99 Lifetime Service. After a bit more discussion on that topic, the rep asked if I could hold and checked a few things. With a supervisor, I would assume. When she returned, she told me that they could offer me the $99 Lifetime Service on both of my Premiere boxes. I said great, and then asked if they could do that on the one that had just recently renewed the yearly subscription (my second box). The trick here is that the 30 day "change your mind" window had expired by 3 days. After more extended hold, she returned and indicated that they could in fact do that.

    Within a day, my second box showed Lifetime Service. The first box is up for renewal in May, and my TiVo account shows that it is scheduled for $99 Lifetime Service.

    So.... Thanks to all the good discussion here in the TiVo Community Forum, I had the opportunity to get my facts and thoughts straight before making the call and ending with a successful outcome.

    Thanks !!
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    <montgomeryburns> "Excellent" </montgomeryburns>
  8. Apr 1, 2014 #108 of 250

    tivoboy Member

    Jan 14, 2002
    Well, after spending 6-8 hours on the weekend to get a comcast cable card working on a new roamio, I managed to get everything sorted with Tivo.

    I HATE the fact that I wasn't able to put the boxes in service for a couple months (due to work and the death of a friend) and therefore, wasn't able to pick the actual plans I wanted for the roamio and tivos. Annoying thing was, I ordered three minis back in jan. Originally, I ordered two (put them in my in-box online with my advisory panel coupon) and added lifetime to them. Then, went back and added a third mini. Well, or course it didn't get the lifetime added to it at the time or purchase. Not really sure how I missed that. So, it was billing at 5.99$ till this weekend when I managed to get everything in. Had to work to get a couple months billing credit back since what I wanted all along was lifetime on them.

    The second thing was. I was taking one premier off an annual (which was going to bill in a few days) and I THOUGHT that since I had a premier with an annual on my account, I was going to be able to put the ANNUAL plan on the new Roamio that I bought from tivo. Well, no can do. ANNUAL plans are no longer available and even though it's a legacy MSD account and all, I can't put that plan on the new Roamio. They did essentially offer me the 99$ lifetime on the premier, which I took - even though I'm a TAD concerned with the FAN on that box, but I can probably repair that easily..

    So, in the end. 8 hours on the phone with comcast and 20 minutes on the phone with tivo and it should be good or a while.

    Now, need to figure out what to do with the lifetime premiers.? IF a box is listed as the MSD qualifying device, what happens if it is taken off the account?
  9. Apr 1, 2014 #109 of 250

    d_bondi Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    While I was talking to the TiVo CSR (which eventually got me $99 lifetime on both Premieres), she offered to sell me a new Roamio and allow me to transfer my Annual Plan from one of my Premieres to that new Roamio.

    So.... you might want to take another run at them.
  10. Apr 2, 2014 #110 of 250

    truman861 New Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Tampa FL
    I was offered $99.00 for the series 3 and $199.00 for the premiers but after buying a new roamio plus $399 and 3 minis at $100.00 each, i'm all tapped out. I dont have a money tree unfortunately and the funds just arent there.

    Roamio Plus (Master)
    3 Tivo Mini's (living room and kids rooms)
    3 x Premiers (retired)
    Tivo series 3 HD (retired)
    Tivo series 2 with PLS (retired)
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    T.W. Brighthouse Tampabay - Moving to Verizon Fios
  11. Apr 6, 2014 #111 of 250

    Mgalin Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Bought a new Pro, Support offered me 99$ PLSR on my Elite that was active for 2.25 yrs.. Not bad... Family member going to be using it. Pays to be nice to them!
  12. Apr 6, 2014 #112 of 250

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    If you take those lifetime offers, you can sell the machines for more than you spent on lifetime for them, especially the S3, since having lifetime increases their value above the current scrap/parts machine value.
  13. Apr 8, 2014 #113 of 250

    Sockmonkey New Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    I bought a Roamio and two minis.
    I called to cancel my month-to-month Premier and S3. I was offered lifetime for $199 on the Premier and $99 on the S3.

    The question is, will lifetime on either of these increase the resale value by more than I'm paying?
  14. Apr 8, 2014 #114 of 250

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Yes, that is exactly what happened.
  15. swak

    swak New Member

    Apr 7, 2014
    I was having some issues with my Premiere so I ordered a Roamio with a $75 off coupon I found on slickdeals. I called yesterday to cancell my subscription on the Premiere (hoping I would be offered the $99 upgrade) I was offered to upgrade for $199. I said I'd return the roamio unless I could get the $99 offer. They said ok as long as I kept the roamio for at least 30 days (suppose so I couldn't return it). BTW, my premiere's age is 2 years and 2 months.
  16. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

    Mar 23, 2006
    Just go lifetime on one of my Premieres, it a surprise as it was a used unit that I bought cheap that hasn't been active for sometime and when I first called to subscribe it I was told that it had been inactive too long and wasn't eligible. I ended up adding it to my account on a monthly basis and I called today to cancel it since I was adding a Roamio.

    Since I added the Roamio for a 1 yer commitment, they gave me lifetime on the Premiere for $99 minus the $14.99 that I had already payed since it was less than 30 days since I activated it!!

    I'm tickeled pink, now I'm tempted to activate another permeire I have that was ineligible and see if I can get lifetime for it but I believe my loophole was that I was activating a Roamio and not that the previously ineligible Premeire had been added back into service.

    Not sure what I'm going to do with it but I suspect I will sell it since I don't need another cable card fee or I guess I could cancel my Roamio before 30 days are up and add it back in few months after I activate another of my other inelgible Premeires I have laying around????
  17. ftg

    ftg New Member

    Apr 20, 2014
    (First post.)

    I want to thank the TiVoCommunity and give my experience on getting the $99 lifetime deal.

    I got a letter in January from TiVo letting me know that my annual subscription was coming due and they were offering a lifetime discount. I misread the offer and when I checked online I found it really wasn't all that great.

    I came here to see what other deals might be available and found out that a lot of lifetimed Series 3 and 4s were being sold cheap due to the $99 deal and other factors. So I went shopping on eBay and got a lifetimed Premiere for a remarkably low price.

    After that got transferred, etc., I called TiVo, did the "thinking about cancelling" bit on my HD (expanded to 1TB) and got the $99 lifetime deal. (I had bought the HD used, not sure if it was on my account for the 3 years.)


    So I now have two lifetimed units and no more annual fees for a total cost about what others seem to be paying for a lifetimed Premiere.

    Returned my remaining DTAs, retired my ReplayTV to the basement. (Where it joins a Series 2.) Now, all I have to do is convince Comcast to charge me the right fee and set up the cable card right. It might take a year or two for that to happen.:mad:

    Thanks again, folks.
  18. May 7, 2014 #118 of 250

    krtnheaz New Member

    May 7, 2014
    So I upgraded to a Roamio, service transferred from my old Premiere that I've had for 3+ years. When I was on the phone ordering my Roamio the CSR told me that they would be offering me a $99 lifetime deal on my premiere:up:At this point I'm a happy guy. Fast forward 5 days and when I'm on the phone with Tivo completing the transfer to the Roamio and setting that up I ask about the lifetime deal.... :thumbsdown:NO dice, I give them my case number and they look that up - apparently there weren't any notes written down by the first CSR and they weren't offering that deal right now. Little 'effen irritated by that one since it was something they brought up. Not sure if I have the patience to play CSR roulette.... Lesson learned is to make sure if it's ever mentioned that it is written down in their notes before hanging up...>AAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!!
  19. May 7, 2014 #119 of 250

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

    Mar 23, 2006
    If I was you, I would call back go though the close account phone tree option and threaten to cancel the Roamio, as long as it been less than 30 days since you added the Roamio, you will have bargaining power. If I can buy a used Premiere on eBay, have it a active for less than 30 days and then get lifetime for $99, you should be able to get lifetime for $99 for yours!

    Call back, don't give up on that one!
  20. May 7, 2014 #120 of 250

    dnorth12 Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Kent, WA
    I had an issue about being promised a lifetime a few months ago by a csr. In a later conversation with another csr I wanted to take advantage of the offer and was told that it didn't exist. Gave them my case number and I believe a manager listened to a recording of the conversation and we split the difference in cost.

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