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Tivo Upgrade Offer

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by shadowplay0918, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Jan 10, 2013 #21 of 129
    tka

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    I wonder why they differentiate their "special" offers this much. I have an S3 with lifetime and only got the Premier 4 with lifetime for 549.99 offer. Before I saw this thread, I called to see if they would let me pay up for the Premier XL4, but they wouldn't. Have multiple Tivo's in the house, starting in 1999. Seeing the much cheaper offers here, I am certainly just going to hold off and not do anything.
     
  2. Jan 10, 2013 #22 of 129
    Dan203

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    My Sister's TiVos are registered to one of my email addresses. She only has S2 units. She just got an offer on her lifetime unit (old, original S2) for a 2 tuner refurb Premiere for $299.99 + $99.99 for lifetime. These are the same ones they were selling for $60 right? So all in it's only a $60 savings since normally it would be $60 for the box and $400 for lifetime.

    Dan
     
  3. Jan 10, 2013 #23 of 129
    tka

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    This is just weird, almost as if Tivo didn't know that these offers are going to posted on the internet and will alienate their customers. Here's the fine print of my offer, each one seems to be different even if some of them come out to the same price:

    Get a new TiVo Premiere 4 DVR for $249.99 and a Product Lifetime service subscription to the TiVo service for a one-time fee of $300, plus tax. Terms and conditions apply. See tivo.com for complete terms and conditions. Offer available for a limited time, while supplies last, until January 25, 2013. TiVo reserves the right to terminate this promotion at any time without notice. Product Lifetime service subscription regularly priced at $499.99 with purchase of a TiVo Premiere 4 DVR for $249.99. Limit one TiVo Premiere 4 DVR and service bundle per valid qualifying S3 TiVo Service Number (“TSN”) listed above. Offer is non-transferrable. Product Lifetime service covers the life of the TiVo DVR you buy – not the life of the subscriber. The Product Lifetime service subscription accompanies the TiVo DVR in case of ownership transfer. The TiVo Premiere 4 is intended for use with digital cable systems only and does not work with analog cable or over-the-air antennas.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2013 #24 of 129
    MapleLeaf

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    I got the $549 offer as well. I currently have two lifetimed Tivo HD's and a lifetimed Tivo S3. One of the Tivo HD's serves as the qualifying unit for MSD on the other Tivo HD and the Tivo S3. The email noted the TSN of the qualifying unit, which I guess makes sense.

    However, what I'm wondering now is, if I were to pursue this offer, would the new Premiere 4 now serve as a qualifying unit for future MSD purchases, or would it still be treated as an MSD unit, in which case it would not be eligible to serve as a qualifying unit in the future? I was thinking of selling the two HD's and the S3, but I may want to hang on to the one Tivo HD qualifying unit if the Premiere 4 won't be able to serve as an MSD-qualifying unit. At least to me, it was not clear from the fine print whether the Premiere 4 would assume MSD-qualifying status.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2013 #25 of 129
    dave_d

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    I'm another one that got the $549 offer. I'm tempted but I'd probably want to upgrade it almost immediately.(Since I'm hearing the WD20EURS would work.) Surprised they don't let you just buy the XL4 though.

    Oh I should point out I currently have an upgrade HD.(Upgraded to 1tb.) So obviously getting this with that drive isn't much of an upgrade :)
     
  6. Jan 11, 2013 #26 of 129
    antalo

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    I got the same offer . Would cost me $433.- including tax. I want a Tivo to use OTA and have external input. I got Dish and feed it into the TIVO, but competition or or whatever reason Tivo doesn't provide external inputs for the new boxes. They also advertise the same refurb boxes for 150.- They would charge me double for the same box and 99.- for lifetime.
    If I had the money I would take it, but I still have one big question. Does the OTA tuner tunes in all the digital channels, or just one per station. Each local station transmit 3 or more channels. like 4-1; 4-2 etc, ? If it doesn't I have to decline and continue to use converter boxes. There the only problem is it's not HD- the output, since they were made for the old NTSC Vs.
    About MSD, I have about 3 or 4 life time and 4 monthly subs and I'm no longer qualify for the MSD. Put that in your pipe ! I got a TIVO hooked up to each local network and a couple to dish for anything else.

    So if I buy or upgrade to anything I would have to pay the full load as if TIVO never heard of me. Isn't that nice...... :)

    How can I come up with $ 430.- ?? :confused:

    Well, good night, or good Morning nice folks !!
     
  7. Jan 11, 2013 #27 of 129
    steve614

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    The Tivo sees and can tune all sub-channels for each station seperately, just like your converter box.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2013 #28 of 129
    lew

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    Could tivo be looking to clear inventory? Sell the Premiere 4 with a larger hard drive once inventory is depleted? Maybe the holiday sales weren't as good as hoped.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2013 #29 of 129
    unitron

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    Not any more. Once they're lifetimed, they're lifetimed.

    However only the one you paid full price for lifetime on can be used to MSD any TiVos you get in the future.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2013 #30 of 129
    antalo

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    Thank you Steve, that's what I needed to know :)
     
  11. Jan 11, 2013 #31 of 129
    moedaman

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    No, the older refurbs were the 320gb model, these are the 500gb models. You also get a free refurbished Wireless G adaptor. And from what I've seen on the Tivo winter special page, Tivo is out of the 320gb models now.

    I received this email also. I've been thinking about getting a Premiere for a couple of months now and for $417.98 for lifetime (after MI sales tax), this is the best offer I've seen.
     
  12. Jan 11, 2013 #32 of 129
    Looper

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    Considering jumping on the upgrade offer- although I wish I knew more about what the pricing would be on the mini.....

    I have a couple of older Series 2/3 units in my account, all lifetime units. The Series2 unit was sold to someone else (but still in my account), and I'm not sure if it's still actually active - and I believe it must still be active to qualify for MSD, right?

    I currently have no need for an MSD, but that might change down the road, especially if they charge a subscription for the Mini. I can't remember whether I paid full price lifetime for any of these units or not. Is there a way to tell which unit(s) were full price lifetime units, and therefore qualify me for the MSD?

    Also, can I tell if the unit is "active" still? Is it as simple as whether they show up on the tivo.com account device list?

    Thanks in advance.....
     
  13. Jan 11, 2013 #33 of 129
    unitron

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    It'll probably show up on the list until such time as the new owner does something to transfer it into their name.

    I think a qualifying unit has to call in every 3 months, or every 6 months, or something along those lines.

    You could call up and talk to a CSR and give them the TSNs and ask which would qualify as qualifying units.
     
  14. Jan 11, 2013 #34 of 129
    Looper

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    Gotcha, thanks. The unit was sold YEARS ago (originally registered in 2003 apparently according to my account list), so at this point I'm guessing I'm safe for as long as it's plugged in. Nice to look back on my devices and see how long they've been registered, reinforces the decision to go with lifetime option.

    I haven't been closely following tivo options / discounts in years, but in general would this upgrade option be considered a pretty good deal? I'd really like to move towards a more whole-house type solution (>2 tuners, single Season Pass list, not a fragmented set of units where you have to copy shows around, etc.), and it seems like the Premiere 4 (plus a HDD upgrade) + mini(s) is the right path. Are these types of offers pretty few and far between these days?

    And if the mini never materialized, or the pricing is out of whack, what's the next best option for a secondary unit these days (i.e. I really only care about it for a streaming client, don't care about recording on it). Can I get a cheaper premiere without service, and have it function solely as a streaming client?
     
  15. Jan 11, 2013 #35 of 129
    P42

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    Nope, else we'd all be doing so today :)
     
  16. Jan 11, 2013 #36 of 129
    ah30k

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    As soon as I jump on this they will release the 6-tuner one :)
     
  17. Jan 11, 2013 #37 of 129
    Looper

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    That is usually how these things work....
     
  18. Jan 11, 2013 #38 of 129
    bruab

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    I got the cheaper offer.

    So the Premier 4 has 4 tuners with only one coax input and one cablecard (on FIOS, if that matters) ?

    I guess the only thing making it interesting is that I could play with their new streaming/downloading box.....Has anyone used it?
     
  19. Jan 11, 2013 #39 of 129
    magnus

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    I'm sure that is the deal.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2013 #40 of 129
    JuryDuty

    JuryDuty Tivoholic

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    I got this same offer. The problem is, I use Over the Air antenna--not cable. Any chance they'd let me downgrade to the regular Premiere? I'd be willing to pay the same price. :p
     

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