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Premiere Lifetime for $99

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

  1. May 8, 2014 #121 of 250

    mcf57 Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    I had a Series 3 that I got the $99 lifetime on it. Less than 2 months later, it stopped working (reboot loop). I tried EVERYTHING to get it going; new hard drive, replaced caps, swapped the power supply with another identical S3 that was fully working. Nothing worked. I thought was out of luck.

    I finally got around to calling TiVo about 7 months later. I went through the tech dept. and went through some procedures to try and get it going. As I figured, nothing worked. Finally, they decided to just offer me a 500GB 2-tuner (refurb) premiere for $79. They also said since lifetime had been on the S3 unit for less than a year, they could transfer the lifetime for free to the new Premiere.

    Seeing as I heard about CSR stories here and how you sometimes have to play roulette with them to get what you want, I JUMPED on this offer right away & as I was talking to the guy. I had to give a $99 deposit, but this was fully refunded when I sent them the non-working S3 unit. The new 2-tuner Premiere arrived quickly, has lifetime on it & is working great. I got my credit card refunded $99 shortly after sending the S3 back and all is good. It cost me about $15 to ship it back, but I could still live with this too.

    I have a 4-tuner premiere that is coming up on its annual renewal here and I am thinking of either cancelling it or trying to get the $99 offer for it. Not sure they will do it for a 4-tuner Premiere, but we'll see & worth a shot. I may actually get offered a $199 lifetime so may take that as well. I guess if you are offered a good deal, GO FOR IT right away as it might not be offered again.
  2. May 8, 2014 #122 of 250

    swak New Member

    Apr 7, 2014
    Agree with getting it in your notes. I had the same situation and when I called yesterday the csr saw the offer given to me about 3 weeks prior and i got $99 lifetime on my less than 3 year old premiere.
  3. May 8, 2014 #123 of 250

    squint New Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Another reason to jump on the deal right away is that the lifetime plan goes into effect when your current monthly billing cycle ends. Until then, it's only pending and you can cancel it online anytime before then.

    I just acquired a lifetime Premiere. The one I have now hits the 3-year mark in September so hopefully, I can get it lifetimed for $99.
  4. May 9, 2014 #124 of 250

    tamathat Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    Called today to try for $99 lifetime on a used Premier box I picked up on Craigslist.

    Bought the box and activated it on a month-to-month for my brother to try with over the air. After I saw the posts on here I called to try and get the $99 lifetime. CSR stated she could only do $199 since the box was 2 yrs 8 mos. I told her I would like to cancel under the 30 day trial unless she could honor the $99 lifetime. She placed me on a brief hold, came back and told me that she could do it.

    Happy CSR roulette folks
  5. May 9, 2014 #125 of 250

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    That 30-day satisfaction guarantee on TiVo service sure it a big stick, to talk softly with. :D

    It almost seems like it's worth subbing any TiVo, just to have that 30-day leverage... I wonder how much they factor the thought of losing a monthly sub with a commitment period, versus a lifetime sub... Even though a LT sub is more money up-front, TiVo makes more off those who stay monthly, once they hit the threshold where LTS would begin to equal savings...

    I'm not advocating immoral behavior, even though I sure sound like I am... ;)
  6. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    I basically did this about a year ago to get $99 lifetime on a Series 3 HD unit. Signed up, but then called about 25 days into it and said I changed my mind and it might be too much after all. They offered me the $99 deal and I took it (3 times now). I have since sold the Series 3s, but I guess this tactic can now be used with Premieres as well.
  7. billbillw

    billbillw Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    I called in to cancel my oldest Premiere and was able to snag another $99 Lifetime sub. I've had it just over 2 years. He initially offered $199, but I said I would only consider it for $99. A few minutes on hold and it was approved. Not very difficult really.

    Now I think I am going to replace my Premiere 4 with the lifetime unit and sell the Premiere 4 since I never bothered to get a Mini.

    I'm using an HTPC w a 3-tuner HDHomerun now as well, so I don't really need the extra tuners in the Premiere 4. Honestly, the Premiere 4 is a pain anyway. It is noticeably slower than the 2-tuner Premieres. Now I guess I need to call in tomorrow and cancel service on the 4 tuner box.
  8. cykotix

    cykotix New Member

    May 22, 2014
    My Premieres are just over 2yrs old. I said I want $99 lifetime on each. He said he couldn't do that because they weren't 3yrs old yet. I then asked him what the magic word was to get this done. Was it to threaten to cancel? I could tell he was thrown by how blunt I was and replied he didn't know. I read between the lines and said ok, then I'm threatening to cancel. He said ok, asked me to hold for a moment, came back and said he was able to get it approved on both. I was on the phone for maybe 10mins.
  9. Jun 1, 2014 #129 of 250

    jlin Member

    Nov 20, 1999
    Santa Monica
    i called to re-activated my old 2 years old Premier and asked about the $99 deal. The rep said "let me see if the promo code works' on your unit. In less than 30 seconds, I got myself a $99 Lifetime! I didnt' even have to threaten to cancel!

    However, it couldn't be done on a newer Premier (with the 500gb hard drive).

    I believe it may also help that I paid $399 for my Roamino Lifetime and it was the end of May (for end of month better number?)
  10. Jun 1, 2014 #130 of 250
    Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I don't know what makes a Premiere qualify for the $99 lifetime offer but I don't think it had anything to do with your Roamio. It appears that each individual Premiere is analyzed to see if it has earned enough revenue and if it has, it will qualify. In other words, a Premiere subscribed for a year, put in the closet, taken out two years later won't quality. One that was subscribed for three years would. Just a guess since I have no inside knowledge but the goal of having each specific box make a profit might be the key.
  11. Jun 1, 2014 #131 of 250

    advocate2 Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    I just received the $99 deal today when I called to cancel. They said that the unit had been in service for three and a half years and that qualified it. I think the key is how long the particular unit has been in service. With all the premieres manufactured in 2010, their time is ready. You can pick up XL's for around $70, throw in a 2t drive and get lifetime for about $250. Not bad if you can live with two tuners.
  12. Jun 3, 2014 #132 of 250

    Radiomanpj New Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    I just called and was denied. Mfg date 2-3-11 model 746.

    CSR said that they had no promotion available on that unit.

    Darn. Now is when I could afford that deal.
    Guess I will have to cancel when fall comes and my income goes down
  13. Jun 3, 2014 #133 of 250

    jlin Member

    Nov 20, 1999
    Santa Monica
    How many months were paid on that unit?

    Perhaps you can try at the end of this month to see if they want to make their monthly quota.
  14. Jun 3, 2014 #134 of 250

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    I've never seen any sign of monthly quotas (or any reason for it). Quarterly targets, on the other hand, have often had an effect on sales and may be good times to buy. End of July is the next quarter end.
  15. Jun 6, 2014 #135 of 250

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Aren't there 4 quarters in a year, each one consisting of 3 months, and wouldn't March have been the end of the previous one and wouldn't the current one be ending at the end of this month, June, with the next one starting in July?

    Or does TiVo's fiscal year run February through January?
  16. Jun 6, 2014 #136 of 250

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    February through January - makes holiday season accounting a bit easier.
  17. das335

    das335 Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    I just failed to get the $99 offer on a used TiVO Premiere I bought. The rep first said it looked like it qualified but then checked with a supervisor and I was told "No'".

    I called in to the main TiVo customer support number. Any advice on getting this offer from those that succeeded ?

    Has anyone used the "chat" option to do this ? I already have a new Roamio I bought earlier this year and a TiVo HD, bought with lifetime subscriptions.

    I was hoping that the Roamio purchase might help but it seemed to be simply based on the prior usage of the Premiere.

    I will probably try back again in a few days. I was also thinking of taking a monthly rate to try the box but cancelling before the 30 day trial and see if I get any kind of deal.
  18. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    try try try again.
  19. advocate2

    advocate2 Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Check the back of your Tivo. If it is more than three years old you have a shot.

    I just received the 99 offer on three Tivos in less than a 30 day period. Make sure to say you want to cancel.
  20. Jul 7, 2014 #140 of 250

    StEvEY5036 Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    Just was denied on my XL4. Thing was on my last nerve, so slow and really not worth the aggravation any more. Bought a Roamio Plus and a Mini to go along with it, paid the $149 for lifetime for the Mini and asked if they could offer me anything for the XL4 - Was told $399 was the best for lifetime, when I asked for $99 it was a swift no. Off to eBay it goes.

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