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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

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    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 User

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Hot in West Texas

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    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

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    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

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    you will need a premier or newer to get ondemand.
     
  9. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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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