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Roamio Deals?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Dec 22, 2013 #761 of 3246

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Ah ok. :) I will need to do some more number crunching once I find out exactly how many Best Buy gift cards we get for Christmas this year. It might be a better deal than the TiVo email special for a Pro.
  2. Dec 22, 2013 #762 of 3246

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    Best Buy does a terrible job providing specs. I don't want anybody to buy a drive without knowing the specs, so I'm providing some Newegg links. This is just a FYI. I'd never recommend the first drive.

    That first one you posted a link for is not a Green drive. Only Green drives are recommended for TiVo use, like the second one you posted. There is no gain in performance by using a "mainstream desktop drive", like the first one. It will draw more power, and will run hotter, without giving your TiVo any performance gain (and could, potentially, end up shortening the life of the Drive and power supply of the TiVo, especially the base Roamio).

    The only alternative to a WD Green (or Green-AV) drive is a WD Red NAS drive, which despite being called "Red", is actually a green drive. It also is AV-rated, although that is not necessary. The Red NAS line comes with a 3yr warranty, just like a WD Green-AV (AV-GP model).

    Here's a Newegg link for that first one you listed, with all the specs, which Best Buy fails to provide: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G15X3841

    Here's a Newegg link for the second one you listed: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136874

    Here's the popular AV-GP drives at Newegg, which are the same ones TiVo uses: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236602&Tpk=WD30EURX , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136926&Tpk=WD30EURS

    Here's the Red NAS drive, which I use, at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236344

    Newegg is good about providing specs and reviews. I always double-check at western digital's website http://www.wdc.com , before I pull the trigger, in case there is anything wrong, or omitted by a retailer/reseller listing. SATA 2 is all you need, but soon all that you'll be able to get are SATA 3 drives (even TiVo is using a mix of both). If you can get a SATA 2 drive cheaper than SATA 3, there's no performance difference (when used in ANY existing TiVo).

    As you stated, AV-rating is not a requirement, nor will you gain anything by having it, other than a 1yr longer warranty, which comes with both WD AV-GP and WD Red NAS drives.
  3. Dec 22, 2013 #763 of 3246

    Wingershute New Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    Hey thanks for the tip. I tried the chat thing even though the Roamio was $399 and the mini $88. I asked for a deal for one of each and was quoted $339 for Roamio and $ 83 for mini. No tax and free ship. cheaper than Tivo even with the special code they sent me for $150 off a Roamio with lifetime.
  4. Dec 24, 2013 #764 of 3246

    jeffosoft New Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    I would like to see the $0 down on the basic model.. that would be awesome.

    Tivo and forum users always claim it was a hassle and wont be back.. but It pops up fairly often still... but just not on the Roamio yet :(

    I Gave up on the High end with lifetime a long time ago. I found that the basic models are fine and significantly cheaper.
  5. Dec 25, 2013 #765 of 3246

    lpwcomp Active Member

    May 6, 2002
    In keeping with the spirit of the season, I will refrain from responding as I initially was inclined to do, and merely say that I was not recommending anything, merely pointing out that those two WD 3TB are available from BB, which was the subject of that particular discussion and not general drive availability, prices or recommendation.
  6. Dec 26, 2013 #766 of 3246

    moolman New Member

    Dec 22, 2005
    Just wanted to post how I just bought my Tivo Roamio Pro today.

    Kinda takes a bit of legwork but worth it for me.

    Check out one of the deal sites about the ISIS 20% cashback especially if you use T-mobile. ISIS is a mobile payment system like Google Wallet where you tap your phone to pay. If you fund it using an AMEX Serve card, you get 20% cashback up to $200 until January 31, 2014. Took me about 15 minutes to set it all up, link my credit card. Besides that if you use a non-AMEX credit card to fund your SERVE account, you get CC points, miles, or cashback. It does warn you that your CC can consider the charge a cash advance but I have yet to find a CC that does, it goes as a purchase.

    I went to CVS bought a gift card for $545. ($500max per gift card, so 2 cards) I used ISIS to pay at the register.
    I went to BEST BUY, had them pricematch the Roamio Pro for $499.99 from the website that had the Roamio Plus and Lifetime for $899.99. The Best Buy guy saw it, I told him it was $100 off the machine, $100 off the Lifetime and he did it. This is YMMV cause some people reported that they won't match it I think but I found the website on Tivo.com by googleing Tivo Roamio Discount.
    Best Buy has the $50 gift card back and to my surprise, they gave me another $15 gift card, don't know why, the website only says $50 but I didn't complain.

    I paid $500 plus tax 9%, so $545, pricematch to Tivo.com
    I will get back $109 from ISIS
    I got a $50 and $15 Best Buy GC.
    $371 for the Tivo Roamio Pro after tax, in my hands.

    Good luck to everyone else, this sounds complicated but didn't take me long at all.
  7. Dec 26, 2013 #767 of 3246

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Hrm, I wonder if one of mine is a $15 one. That would be sweet! :) The guy handed me 2 cards today... I assumed that they were both $25 ones.

    I ended up not trying to pricematch anything and got a Plus at Best Buy with our Christmas gift cards ($125 worth) and a 3 TB hard drive at Amazon (got another $25 card there). I plan to use the Best Buy cards I got with the TiVo to do the thing mentioned up-thread, get a Kindle gift card with them to use at Amazon. I didn't wait to order the hard drive because I drop a lot of money at Amazon... it doesn't really matter if I am using the gift card on this or whatever my next order is. Then I used my Amex to pay at Best Buy and will be applying for the "Get $25 when you spend $250 at Best Buy" deal on my Amex account.
  8. Dec 26, 2013 #768 of 3246

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    :eek::eek::eek: WOW!! That was a sweet deal!!!
  9. Dec 26, 2013 #769 of 3246

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    There should be a number on the back of the card you can call to get a balance on the cards.

    I have stored all my money in Amazon GC codes that I could spend on orders which I paid for using cash only. The cash was turned into GC codes using Coinstar machines.
  10. Dec 26, 2013 #770 of 3246
  11. Dec 26, 2013 #771 of 3246

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Sweet! I love surprise money. :D I need to check the cards and make sure they are indeed 50 and 15.
  12. Dec 27, 2013 #772 of 3246

    moolman New Member

    Dec 22, 2005
  13. Dec 27, 2013 #773 of 3246

    alyssa Active Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    yeah, i'm hoping to get to bb today, do a price match to amazon for the base OTA model which would bring the unit down to $85 + PA tax. My folks have agreed to a tivo, finally.

    OTA tivo for $85
    As i was being rung up the cashier looked at the screen & call her co-worker over they both shrugged & said i got the two bb gc cards, To which i did a Mocked surprise face & twinkled. They laughed! <grin>
  14. Dec 27, 2013 #774 of 3246

    cdp1276 New Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    Fairport, NY
    I didn't want to play all the games to price match as my current S3 is all of a sudden crashing a lot & needing help to get past stuck stages of the reboot cycle so I ordered the Plus today from ABT for $339. Just used the chat feature as mentioned before and they honored that price. Then I will get the AMEX credit of $20.

    I hope it is as easy as many of you say to transfer shows from my old S3 when I get this new Roamio Plus to replace it.
  15. Dec 27, 2013 #775 of 3246

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    It may not be possible to transfer shows from your S3 unless it is up and running, and still subscribed to Tivo Service (as well as the newer Tivo). Don't forget to get your S3 to connect to Tivo Service after you have activated and subscribed your new Roamio or they will be able to transfer anything. to Roamio.
  16. Dec 28, 2013 #776 of 3246

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    If you can't get your S3 to boot up, or keep it running for any length of time, your going to have problems.
    It's probably time for you to open the S3 and check the power supply for capacitor plague.
  17. Dec 28, 2013 #777 of 3246

    rmpearl New Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    Just got my Plus last night. Got Best Buy to price match Costco for $349.99. Received $65 in gift cards on top of that.
  18. Dec 28, 2013 #778 of 3246

    tomm1079 New Member

    May 10, 2005
    i been holding out and replacing my elite but with the 65 dollars in gift cards from best buy i think i need to go and do it with the amazon price match to basic.

    Already got a plus.
  19. Dec 28, 2013 #779 of 3246

    Mahty Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    Which particular Best Buy gave you the price match with the gift cards, if you don't mind my asking? (The one particular Best Buy that I tried for a Costco price match said that their $50 gift card would effectively match the Costco price. I rather get the price match outright and not get stuck with a $50 Best Buy gift card that I'd have to use.)
  20. Dec 28, 2013 #780 of 3246

    rtkane New Member

    Dec 28, 2013
    I just got a great deal at Best Buy. They matched the Tivo Upgrade offer for $499 on a Roamio Pro and when checking out, the register added in a $50 gift card (as part of their Tivo promotion) and another $15 for spending $100 or more.

    Took that Tivo out and put it in the car. Went back in and picked up a Tivo Mini and priced matched it to B&H for $86. Applied the $65 in gift cards brought that down to $21. And then by adding in a $15 item I had to buy anyway, I ended up getting another $15 gift card for spending $100, which I'll use on a future purchase.

    Factoring in everything, I ended up paying $505 for a Roamio Pro and a Mini. Of course, I have to add in NJ tax, but figured I'd give the pre-tax prices on everything so you can apply your own tax rate.

    -$100 price matche
    =$499 for the Roamio Pro
    +$99 for Tivo Mini
    -$13 price match to B&H
    -$50 gift card
    -$15 gift card
    -$15 gift card
    =$505 for both

    (for me, it was another $40.95 in tax, so $545.95 out the door, and yes, I'm factoring in that second $15 gift card on a future purchase because I'm always buying something at Best Buy).

    One thing to note: Before I went into the store, I did get on chat with Tivo Support to get them to confirm that the offer they currently have for upgrading is $200 off Lifetime Service and the box which splits out to $100 off on each. That seemed to be the key to the Best Buy associate approving the price match.

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