1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Should I take TiVo's offer for a 45 hr TiVo Premiere?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Mike20878, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
    So, first my old Series 1 died and now my Series 2 has died. I didn't really want to upgrade, somewhat content with the Comcast DVR. I called to cancel but the rep offered me a free 45 hr TiVo Premiere ($300 value) with service at $19.99/mo.

    Is it worth it? Should I take the deal? Is there any chance two-way cablecards are on the horizon? I like my on demand.
     
  2. farmermac

    farmermac Recorder of shows

    132
    0
    Jan 31, 2012
    that deal came up for me this morning on a banner on this very forum. Its not a good deal. Its a factory renewed and it locks you in to a 19.99 a month plan for a minimum of 2 years. That's $480 of payments. Its cheaper to buy a refurb tivo for $79 and get lifetime for $399.
     
  3. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
    I just chatted with a CSR to confirm what you said and they are telling me this promotion is for a new box. It is the 2 year commitment, however.

    What kind of refurb TiVo can I get for $79? I wish my lifetime was still transferrable.
     
  4. farmermac

    farmermac Recorder of shows

    132
    0
    Jan 31, 2012
    https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance.do

    Factory renewed TiVo Premiere is $79
    New old-stock 45 hour TiVo Premiere (what they're offering you) is only $99.

    It would work out to be only $20 more to have lifetime off the bat on the same box they are offering you for free. So obviously their deal sucks. After 2 years you are stuck with a worthless box if it doesnt have lifetime. The S5 will probably be out in 2 years.
     
  5. GoEagles

    GoEagles New Member

    125
    0
    Dec 2, 2006
    Craigslist, eBay and woot! are also great places to get them. They usually go for about $45 - $50.
     
  6. ciscokid

    ciscokid Member

    849
    0
    Jan 14, 2003
    Tampadelphia...
    You're probably better off getting a used HD for about $40 off eBay and dropping in a 1 gig hard drive for about $80. It may not ne the latest and greatest but you'll have a highly reliable machine that is better than the Premier in many respects.
     
  7. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
    Why does lifetime give it any more value if its technology may be outdated in 2 years?

    Sounds like I should go ahead and cancel and take some time to look around. They are such a pita when you try to cancel.
     
  8. mae

    mae member

    243
    0
    Dec 10, 2001
    USA
  9. farmermac

    farmermac Recorder of shows

    132
    0
    Jan 31, 2012
    It wont be outdated in 2 years. In fact it will be fine and will not lose any features.

    The difference is if you take their deal the box will stop working in 2 years if you stop paying. If you spend the same amount up front and pay for lifetime you will end up paying the same amount and the box will work forever. and it will be worth $300 while the one yo got for free will be a brick.

    I'm not sure I can explain it any clearer then this. The 19.99 a month deal is bad.
     
  10. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

    451
    0
    Dec 17, 2009

    You may get a better offer if you try and cancel.
     
  11. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
    Wow, that was easy this time. I didn't get the hard sell and my account was canceled. Now I can take my time... Thanks.
     
  12. Scottie99

    Scottie99 New Member

    12
    0
    Sep 24, 2008
     
  13. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    2,008
    1
    May 7, 2006
    Omaha,NE
    cable cards are 2way already it's the Tivo that's not
     
  14. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    20,734
    4
    Apr 9, 2001
    sunnyvale
    Because it will almost certainly still be usable by *someone* in 2 years, even if you think it's "outdated". (That is, the cable technology is unlikely to completely change in 2 years in a way that will make the Tivos unusable.) Heck, even S1s apparently work with the DTAs (the "mini" cable boxes for digital channels.)

    ..and Tivos with lifetime retain a lot of resale value.
     
  15. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
  16. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Jake & Adam's dad

    1,026
    1
    Jun 8, 2001
    Gaithersburg...
    Damn, I reread that and it's on my existing service which happens to be my dead series 2. Thanks for nothing, TiVo!
     
  17. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    4,059
    5
    Feb 4, 2008
    What is wrong with it?

    The folks here can often help bring a tivo back from the dead- then at least you could sell it to help defray any costs from a new unit. Or just keep it chugging.
     
  18. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    2,506
    0
    Nov 12, 2004
    Texas
    That's actually for a series 1 (010 prefix).
     
  19. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    16,387
    2
    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Go to that link and replace the number at the end with the TSN of any non-lifetimed S3 or older you happen to have and see what happens.
     
  20. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    16,387
    2
    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Which S2 is it? Model number wise.
     

Share This Page