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TIVO vs Xfinity DVR in Houston. Why stay with TIVO?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by SRHookEm, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. SRHookEm

    SRHookEm New Member

    Aug 9, 2003
    I have two TIVO units, a Premier and a Series 3. I am currently paying $32 per month for the TIVO service. My wife is on me about dropping the service and going to XFinity's DVR's.

    I have to say---I'm considering it! They have the On Demand that I can't get. And they have programming from iPad/Phone/Computer that I love with TIVO. The rental for two DVR's would be far less than I am paying now.

    We do use Netflix with the TIVO service. I don't know if I can still get that with XFinity.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Have you used a comcast dvr? It will cut your lifespan from the aggravation. Tried it prior to getting my premiere. Missed shows, uneven/unintuitive interface, slow to get around, no links to home PC, and small storage space were my major complaints.

    In a major market, you will probably get on-demand at some point with the premiere.

    No netflix with comast box.

    Think longer term savings- get lifetime. Your old unit may end up qualifying for $99 lifetime if you threaten to cancel. search it.

    Double check their DVR pricing, into offer? Including all of the charges? I remember they were quoting me incremental charges over their own box rental, so it appeared cheaper than it was compared to Tivo.
  3. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    Are you sure about that? The price schedule I have from Comcast shows the DVR cost at $16.95 each, effective June 1, 2012.

    Also, what pricing plans are you on that cost $32? Current rates are $14.99 for the first Tivo and $12.99 for each additional.
  4. SRHookEm

    SRHookEm New Member

    Aug 9, 2003
    I pay $19.99 for the Premier, 9.99 for the other plus tax. It totals $32.85.
    Comcast also is charging $18 for cable cards
  5. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    You might want to complain about that because, again, according to their price schedule, the first is free and the second is $1.15
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    Thought I saw that Tivo is advertising that their current monthly plan for Premieres has dropped to $14.95. Wouldn't hurt to call.
  7. SRHookEm

    SRHookEm New Member

    Aug 9, 2003
    OK, got a $99 lifetime for my HD DVR and 12.99/mo for the premier. Comcast also credited my account back almost two years of incorrect pricing! The cable cards should be free for #1, and $1.50 for each additional. Score!
  8. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
    you will need a premier or newer to get ondemand.
  9. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    This was me a few years ago.

    I paid over $700 to rent a Comcast DVR which stopped working properly. I didn't want to lose all of the recordings that couldn't be off-loaded (even though they were not protected and Comcast told me that off-loading would be possible "soon"). I offered to just hang on to the failing DVR at a drastically reduced rental rate but Comcast said, "no", and offered to replace it.

    I created a spreadsheet and found that the cost of a TiVo -- not even lifetime, is cheaper after a couple of years. Lifetime is better if you can get the $99 deal. With all of the streaming opportunities, I don't see paying over $10/month to rent a DVR anymore
  10. kellyjcook

    kellyjcook New Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Soooooo....how did you pull this off? This is definately not how the pricing works. The useless CSR I talked to would not budge - said the $1.99 cost was for basic outlet cost and did not cover a CableCard. The CableCard cost was covered in the "digital reciever" cost of $9.25, but we get a $2.50 discount per outlet for having our own equipment - which is what my bill reflects.

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