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Tivo HD Vs S3 Lifetime Value

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by cr33p, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    So I spoke with Tivo this week, want to try to remove some units, I have 5 at the moment, Margaret gave me the option of adding lifetime to all of my Series 3 units, HD included. If I add lifetime to these units I am trying to figure out if I should just update the S3 to an HD on the account and then add the lifetime, or keep the S3 and add the lifetime, what would be worth more money for resale?

    My overall goal is to sell off the lifetime units to get a a P4 or an XL4.

    Thanks guys and gals ;)
     
  2. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

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    Ebay is your friend.
    An S3 with a life time sub is worth significantly more than without.
    The how much is up to the bidder.
     
  3. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Thanks for the reply, yes I know that a unit with a Lifetime sub is worth more, my question is, an older OLED S3 unit vs an TivoHD unit! Was my post not clear?
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    There is no absolute answer to your question. It depends on who is look to buy when you sell and what upgrades or extras the units have had. If they both have original hard drives it is likely the original Series 3 will sell for more, but recent ebay sales really are hard to quantify what the difference might be (if anything).

    What buyers have to think about is that while the original Series 3 is a superior unit they require 2 cable cards, are not self-upgradeable to 2TB and are likely older units.
     
  5. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    I never thought about the two cable cards being needed, tks
     
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Some folks here swear that the original S3 OLED is the best box Tivo ever made but the fact remains that it requires two CableCards and the associated fees. If Tivo will let you do each S3 and S3HD box for $99 each, do them all and sell them on eBay for whatever you can get. Then buy a nice, new, four tuner box with lifetime. I just sold two S3HD and an S2 - all with lifetime to offset the cost of a new XL4 - lite.
     
  7. unitron

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    How much per TiVo are they going to charge you for lifetime?

    Is that contingent on you buying an S4 of some type?
     
  8. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    99 Per Lifetime, she didnt tell me I had any contingents, she mentioned something about a ratio of Premiere boxes on my acct vs the older series 3 units.

    My plan is to lifetime sub all 3 sell them, buy an elite with lifetime, no more subs period :)
     
  9. unitron

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    How many of which model do you have, both S3 and S4s?
     
  10. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    I have

    - 3 Tivo HD 2@ 6.95 MSD / 1 @ 9.95
    - 1 Tivo S3 @ 9.95 MSD
    - 1 Premiere @ 6.95 MSD
    - 1 Premiere Lifetime
    - 1 S2 Lifetime
     
  11. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Thanks, that's one more clue to deciphering the "who can get lifetime on what for $99" riddle.
     
  12. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Yeah, she didnt exactly say how it works, but she did mention a ratio of premieres on the acct.
     
  13. Teeps

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    I had a S1 and S3, both on monthly sub.

    I called TiVo to purchase a XL4; as part of that conversation, I asked the TiVo rep how much to convert the S3 to life time.
    Answer: $99 no hesitation, no further qualification, etc.
    On the anniversary of the S3 sub they billed my cc $99 and the product lifetime showed up in system info screen.
     
  14. cr33p

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    Yeah, I think I will call them back today, man, 4 lifetime subs and a XL4 lifetime thats some major coin :( But I will just resell all the 4 lifetime subs :)
     
  15. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    You will make the new S3 owners very happy. By getting all those lifetime subscriptions, you're performing a service to humanity.
     
  16. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Funny!
     
  17. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Well, pulled the trigger, they can do 1 lifetime per legacy box for each premiere on your account, in my case I was able to purchase 3. Also picked up a XL4 with lifetime :) Super Stoked. Anyone need a liftetime Tivo ? ;)
     
  18. NotNowChief

    NotNowChief Addicted to TiVo

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    Wow you're brave :eek: ! I'd be terrified to lay out that much!
     
  19. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    I have an addiction to electronics, and anytime I want something I come up with these schemes, kinda like a drug dealer buying a large amount to sell and then cover their own habit ;)
     

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