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Upgrade Confusion - Tivo HD to Premiere XL4

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Spiff72, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Spiff72

    Spiff72 Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    Hello everyone...

    I have been a Tivo customer for a LONG time back to the first series 2 single tuner DVR, but now have a Series 3, and a Tivo HD. I am paying about $13 for one of them and $7 for the second one.

    I would like to replace the Series 3 with a Premiere XL4, and want to know my options. Can I just replace the Series 3 online with the Premiere and keep the same monthly pricing?

    I see that this DVR is available online and in store (Best Buy) for $350 ($50 off) right now, and I would love to have 4 tuners at my disposal on one device.

    Is this an option?

  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    If you plan on being a customer for the next two years, what you should really consider is LIFETIME.

    In addition, if you purchase a premiere with lifetime, you will probably be offered 99 lifetime on your older unit. Jump on that, and sell if unneeded to offset the new Premiere.
  3. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    I did exactly what you are proposing (and actually mirror your history -- my first TiVo was a Series 2). TiVo will tell you that the monthly pricing for the Series 4 units is now $14.99/month. I dickered with them until they let me keep my S3's rate of $12.95.
  4. Spiff72

    Spiff72 Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    Crazy question...

    I could be remembering this wrong, but when my S2 died, and Tivo offered me a refurb Tivo HD, when I went to activate it I think I went to the "Change Service Number" option on the account, picked the S2 number, changed it to the HD service number, and I was off and running. Never even had to call Tivo. Is that a different situation because they were offering me a replacement for cheap, or did I somehow find a loophole?

    And I don't know about the lifetime subs. That is a big chunk of change up front ($400 for the Premiere and another $100 if they offer it for the other one). That is a 25 month time to pay off if I can keep paying the $20/month I am for my two boxes.
  5. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Yes, it is a big pot of $$. But, financially you are way better off. Plus, it strongly reflects in resale value, which helps with future upgrades.

    Look up the value of a S3 on ebay with/without lifetime- the difference is way more than the 99, which helps defray the upfront costs.
  6. MsUnderstood

    MsUnderstood New Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    Clovis, CA
    You should call TIVO and ask them if you are eligible for the upgrade offers that are pooring out for customers (it may only be lifetime members but see what you can get). They are offering the Premiere 4 for $549 with lifetime (but not the XL).
  7. Ben_Jamin75

    Ben_Jamin75 Member

    Dec 18, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    I just upgraded from a HD box to a XL4 box. I tried the TSN change link on the website and it wouldn't take it, it recognized it as a premiere TSN and gave an error. Wheni called they said I couldn't transfer a monthly 6.95 or 9.95 to a premiere, it had to be 12.95 or 14.95.
  8. ohporter

    ohporter New Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Wadsworth, OH
    I tried the same thing with my HD box. They said you had to have a S3/HD with a lifetime TSN for the $550 offer. Fortunately, today's BIGGAME promo was $50 more so we went to P4 w/ lifetime and added lifetime for $99 to our HD to sell it off. Wife won't let me pull the plug and wants a Tivo Mini for the other room so this is the best I could do...can't go back to the TWC boxes.
  9. PooperScooper

    PooperScooper New Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Leominster, MA
    I had a TivoHD and bought a XL4. It cost the same to get lifetime on both as it would have for just the XL4. So I now have 2 lifetime Tivos. I decided to keep TivoHD but I could have gotten more than $99 that it cost more to get lifetime on it.


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