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Transferring Lifetime Service

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by gsr852, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. gsr852

    gsr852 New Member

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    Has anyone ever had any luck getting the folks at Tivo to transfer lifetime service to a new unit? Thank you
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    They have run a few limited promotions, but the last one I know of was in 2007 when they offered Series 1 owners the chance to upgrade for $150.
     
  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    I was one of those who got the promo, and it was for $199.
     
  4. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Same here. Upgraded both of our S1's to S3's and transferred the lifetime for $199 each.

    Scott
     
  5. gsr852

    gsr852 New Member

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    I have to say that as much as I love TiVo (been with them since 2001) they don't make it easy for "lifetime" subscribers when you want to upgrade or your TiVo dies. That fine print stating the lifetime subscription is ONLY for the lifetime of the particular box you are placing it on just never seemed right.
     
  6. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    What would expect lifetime service to mean then? It could only have ever meant the lifetime of the box.
     
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Seems he was around when the TOS wording was vague. Many people ass-u-med lifetime pertained to the TiVo service subscription (i.e. You buy a lifetime subscription, and use whatever Tivo you have on it).
     
  8. jjd_87

    jjd_87 Member

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    Mine was destroyed in a fire, they wouldn't transfer the lifetime and I had only had the box for a year.
     
  9. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    You do get a discount on new lifetime service for a new box (even if the box itself is not new). You expect Tivo to only bill you once for service for YOUR entire life? I'm not familiar with anything that does this.
     
  10. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Single payment Life insurance does work that way.
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I still don't know how anyone could think that lifetime TiVo service was for the life of the user and covered any boxes you ever owned during your life.
     
  12. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Yes, but that's just like Tivo lifetime service... however, in this case, YOU are 'the box'.
     
  13. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Dang, that explains my poor memory and my fumbling for the right words - either my hard drive or power supply need replacing. ;)
     
  14. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Yeah, it's bad enough for Tivo that a high percentage of every lifetime box they ever sold is still being used by someone. I went through a couple of S1's, several S2's, an S2DT, and a pair of S3HD units without ever paying Tivo a nickel. Tried to make up for it this past year by buying a Premiere and the new P4. :rolleyes:
     
  15. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    I think my brain has a 286 processor with 3meg RAM and no math-coprocesor and a 1gig hard drive, so I keep telling people "What can you really expect with that??!" It is kinda what I tell my significant other when I ask her ' You DO know I am just a guy, RIGHT?!!??" Amazingly that seems to work pretty good.

    I also have never paid for TiVo service.... always have used Tivos with lifetime that I bought used.
     
  16. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I think that I helped a little when I bought 2 of the really expensive S3 OLED's and transferred my lifetime for the extra $199 each. They got more money from me both in hardware and for service since I was concerned they would never offer lifetime service again at the time.

    Scott
     
  17. gsr852

    gsr852 New Member

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    I understand that TiVo brings in revenue from subscriptions. That being said, I would suggest that if a current lifetime subscriber is buying a new unit, TiVo offer a substantial discount on a new lifetime subscription.
     
  18. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Guess my memory needs an upgrade. :eek:
     
  19. bmgoodman

    bmgoodman Member

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    Possibly a good theory, but how about if I immediately take my new lifetimed Tivo and sell it. And repeat? How many discounts boxes should I get to sell?
     
  20. gsr852

    gsr852 New Member

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    TiVo could place a limitations on such an offer, as they have records of all subscribers this could be done without folks taking advantage.
     

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