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Summary of TiVo's new pricing announcements

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Mar 10, 2006 #21 of 222
    TiVoStephen

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    Sorry, but I didn't follow -- I don't understand why you'd think your free year would end earlier. You have an existing subscription with us, and its terms remain unchanged. At the end of your free year, you'll be paying $12.95 per month as per the agreement when you ordered.
     
  2. Mar 10, 2006 #22 of 222
    Dan203

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    Actually that makes more sense. I didn't realize that you had to commit to another year to get the $12.95 price. I just thought you would be dumped down to the lower price on a month to month contract type basis. May want to clarify that a little in the original post.

    Dan
     
  3. Mar 10, 2006 #23 of 222
    Dan203

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    On a similar note will a call be required to switch plans after the initial commitment is up? Or will there be some sort of web interface for making the switch?

    Dan
     
  4. Mar 10, 2006 #24 of 222
    timckelley

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    So it sounds like it'll be a close call as to which happens first:

    1) the prepay options for service-only plans are announced
    2) Lifetime will be discontinued.

    I'm currently paying $6.95 per month on my series 1, and am considering upgrading to lifetime, but I suppose the knowledge of what the new prepay options for service-only could affect my decision, so it would be nice to know what they'll be.

    Note: I'm assuming that somebody who already has a monthly sub will, once their current contract expires next year, have the option to convert to a prepaid form of service-only.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2006 #25 of 222
    Dan Clarke

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    At the risk of being a me too thread, thanks very much for the summary. When I posted during the initial thread, I was mad and confused.

    TivoPony, despite being flogged in the forum, was kind enough to explain it. And now this really crystalizes the new plan.

    I was really upset for a moment, because I'm dying for a Series 3 and thought I'd have some problems. Now I'm okay. Especially if you do subsidize the box. It's a lot easier to pay $22.95 a month (even) and no substantial upfront cost then it is to pay $999 plus a monthly fee.

    I guess I've seen the light. PM me for my address so you can get that S3 out to me :)
     
  6. Mar 10, 2006 #26 of 222
    DrStrange

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    Ok I'm not really fond of that reasoning because presumably Tivo would have already recovered the box cost through the first commitment periods higher fees, so enforcing a second commitment period just to get standard rates seems a bit excessive. But be that as it may, what happens after that second period? Will they remain on the 12.95/mo plan with (finally) no commitment?
     
  7. Mar 11, 2006 #27 of 222
    Frankenstien

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    Thanks. :)
     
  8. Mar 11, 2006 #28 of 222
    gtrogue

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    So even after 3 years of paying for service and the hardware, Tivo is still going to require a further commitment from an existing customer to continue service?

    What a load of shi... crap.

    Once the subsidy has been paid on a unit there should be no further time commitment for it, no matter who activates it.
     
  9. Mar 12, 2006 #29 of 222
    JoeBarbs

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    Well done! Thanks Stephen.
     
  10. Mar 12, 2006 #30 of 222
    John494900

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    so anyone who pays monthly wouldn't pay $16.95/mo for 3 years ($610.20) over $19.95/mo for 1 year ($239.40) and 2 years at $12.95/mo ($310.80) = $550.20 right?
    obviously prepaid is the way to go, but for us monthly people, one year sounds way better. why have the options to pay more?
     
  11. Mar 12, 2006 #31 of 222
    Larry in TN

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    Because about 80% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and are only concerned with getting through the month (or week). A lower monthly payment will appeal to these folks. I'd bet that the $16.95/mo for 3yrs plan will be the most popular.
     
  12. Mar 12, 2006 #32 of 222
    ljk

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    I'm still confused about the MSD. I upgraded my TiVO to lifetime a few weeks ago because my dad offered to send me a second TiVO (from his vacation house), and I only wanted to pay one monthly fee. This second TiVO might not arrive (and thus get switched to my account) until after the 15th. Will I still qualify for 6.95 pricing on the second box? I read all the threads that I could find, but I'm still not sure. Thanks!
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  13. Mar 13, 2006 #33 of 222
    Dan203

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    Yes you will qualify for the MSD. The only restriction is yoou will have to comit to a 1 year term. However that would have applied regardless of the MSD.

    Dan
     
  14. Mar 13, 2006 #34 of 222
    cwerdna

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    A coworker told me that he got screwed and the removal of lifetime happened over the weekend (must've happened very late Sunday night or early Monday morning). I can see that on http://www.tivo.com/3.0.asp, lifetime is no longer even listed. Can you confirm? I have no unactivated TSN to enter here to try to see if lifetime is in fact unavailable.

    Since your posts and all the others have stated lifetime would go away on/after 3/15/06, if there's an issue w/getting lifetime before 3/15/06, will you be wililng to accomodate them?
     
  15. Mar 13, 2006 #35 of 222
    timckelley

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    I'm looking now, and lifetime is still available. (Whew!)
     
  16. Mar 13, 2006 #36 of 222
    timckelley

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    When upgrading, the site tells you this:

    What difference does doing it in the middle of the cyle make? No matter when you do it, this is the final payment on your box. :confused:
     
  17. Mar 13, 2006 #37 of 222
    nuncles

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    Was this question ever addressed? I apologize if I missed it. I am in the same situation. Here is the information I got, but I was hoping someone would clarify this.

    I was on the phone with TIVO Sunday afternoon because my account showed that I owed $12.95 even though I used the gift subscriptions when activating (I activated the previous day). Because of this, It would not allow me to upgrade to the lifetime. The TIVO representative assured me that this was just how their billing system was setup and that it would clear itself in a day or two. After the account was clear I would still have the same 30 day opportunity to upgrade to lifetime.

    Could I get clarification on if the TIVO rep was correct? This somewhat contradicts your previous post. Please let me know if I was misled by the TIVO rep or if he was not informed of the new policy.

    Thanks
     
  18. Mar 13, 2006 #38 of 222
    timckelley

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    I remember a few days ago, somebody saying the TiVo reps weren't yet trained on the new abolishment of lifetime issue, so if I were you, I'd definitely clear this up/confirm the situation.
     
  19. Mar 13, 2006 #39 of 222
    cwerdna

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    Good news. The coworker was able to get lifetime and it seems the page got reverted to one w/the correct choices. Thanks!
     
  20. Mar 13, 2006 #40 of 222
    TiVoStephen

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    The original post was edited to add details about the new service-only prepay options.
     

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