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Transfer of Lifetime from Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo for $99, with purchase of new Bolt

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Mikeguy, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. lynncosbm

    lynncosbm Member

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    I think it was April 3, but I live in Bermuda so it takes longer to get here than to people in the US mainland. It was shipped on the 10th. ;^)
     
  2. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    Another bunch of hints for those who choose to use the web site to migrate your SPs from a TiVo HD:
    - make sure the KAM limits for your shows are set right. It seems many of mine are set to 25 eps when I think they were set to all on my TiVo HD
    - most of my OPs seem to be set to record new eps only when that's not my intent (e.g. catching reruns of Mythbusters, Bizarre Foods w/Andrew Zimmern, etc.) I had to go thru and change a ton of my OPs.

    I currently have 66 OnePasses. Overall, I'm quite impressed by the Bolt+. It is BLAZING fast on almost everything compared to my Tivo HD. And, some of the features like being able to watch from a tablet or phone are pretty cool.

    The extra buttons on the remote and some UI convention differences take a bit to get used to. There was no button marked Back on the Tivo HD but now there is beside pressing left, which isn't always the same. Guide button location throws me off too since that's where Select was.
     
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  3. Jrr6415sun

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    so i can't read through 42 pages of this, any chance of calling and getting them to still give you the offer even though it's expired?
     
  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    So try just the past few pages. ;)

    Yep. I would call and simply note your interest and ask for it--some have had success. Also, one person, upon asking, was told that they are working on another promotion, which will be coming soon (who knows . . .).
     
  5. Worf

    Worf Active Member

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    Apparently you can still upgrade to a Bolt+ on this offer. Upgrading to a 500/1TB Bolt is less likely, but you might get lucky.

    Might have to play CSR roulette.
     
  6. leiff

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    I'm curious nobody has confirmed if they bought more than one at once online with this offer that has shipped? Because of this I didn't buy more for resale. I had the opportunity to get more of these old qualifing Series 2 boxes for around $50 on eBay before they sold out perhaps others people having the same idea is as me? Better 4 those to get one that really wants one - I'm happy I got one bolt with for an extra $50 eBay price tag for owner account transfer to me. I still haven't submitted my Discover price protection mainly since Amazon price match price went up & since mine hasn't shipped yet and transaction was removed from my CC
     
  7. caughey

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    The real question is, once the Bolt arrives, can you hide it inside the old Series2 case?
     
  8. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    As you may see in the posts, some people have, at least over the phone, if I recall correctly. Personally, absent my already having the boxes, I wouldn't want to go out and buy others and try--there always is a risk.
     
  9. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    I'm toying with trying to get a transfer of my LT HD to a Bolt series. What's the best place to learn how to easily install and use KMTTG..... and sadly I have to ask....will it run on XP?


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  10. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Oooops didn't read ahead enough.....looks like kmttg may no longer work. Oh well


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  11. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I downloaded and installed kmttg with almost no pre-knowledge (well, actually, it's not installed--you run it from its folder, even easier), and it was a piece of cake. The interface itself can seem intimidating--there's lots there--but again can be fessed out without too much fuss.
     
  12. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Ok one more question. If I were to try and still get the deal for my LT HD (with my own 2TB drive in it), would it make more sense to get the 1TB Bolt (I don't need 6 tuners), wait for warranty period to lapse and then consider an upgraded drive or invest in a Bolt+? I may be fine with 1TB long term but upgrading should be easy enough after warranty....


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  13. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    3TB internal drive replacement for the Bolt: currently around $150 at Amazon.com.

    The sweet spot seems to be, doing this with the 500GB Bolt, which is $100 less expensive than the 1TB Bolt. And which would bring the cost of a modded 500GB/now 3TB Bolt to $350, as vs. $300 for a 1TB Bolt pre-mod. But, then, the mod will take half-an-hour or an hour. ;)
     
  14. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    More like five minutes if you know what you are doing.

    But I've opened up the Bolt's a couple dozen times now. So I can swap out the hard drive extremely quickly now.

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  15. leiff

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    Color - black vs white might matter make difference to some also
     
  16. Redoctobyr

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    I have 2 Series 2s, and bought 2 Bolts online in the same order, yes. They haven't shipped yet, but there's nothing to make me suspect there will be an issue beyond the delayed backlog of orders that's affecting a lot of people.

    I bought the 500GB, and will upgrade the drive. Based on what I paid, another $35 (vs the cost of the 1TB model) will get me 3TB of storage. And I'm fine with having 4 tuners, rather than 6. I'll deal with the white case, though it's not my first choice of color.

    What do you mean by kmttg may no longer work? Not work in XP? Or in general? I'm running kmttg on Win7 and Win10 at the moment, transferring shows from my S2s. I guess I'd (naiively) be surprised if it wouldn't run in XP, it's a Java program. I'd expect that might make it more "tolerant" of running on a wider range of Windows versions.
     
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  17. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I'm waiting for some enterprising company to come out with some interesting (ventilated) skins for the Bolt. ;)
     
  18. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    It's been eighteen months since the Bolt was released. If the skins aren't available now, I would think that they are unlikely to appear.

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  19. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I agree, but am surprised--I woulda thought that this would be a gimme, given how easy a skin would be for the skin companies to produce and the Bolt's simple design. Have a skin for your different rooms and moods: a faux leather skin for the den, silver or gold-reflective for that 70's style living room, a sedate pastel for the bedroom . . . . Hmm, will have to check out the Con-Tact paper at my local hardware store. ;)
     
  20. jlb

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    Would you guys upgrade right away or would you wait for warranty expiration? Also, what is the best drive for upgrade in the Bolt? And lastly, would someone be as kind to provide a link to the easiest/best instructions for Bolt drive replacement?

    Sooo regarding upgrade, is upgrade for bolt vastly different from the old days and upgrading my HD? If it only takes 5 min or so.....and I'm techie so I'm pretty good with these things in general....


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