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What is your Upgrade offer?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by innocentfreak, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    No. For the first time with one of these upgrade offers, they're saying the product lifetime on the original stays. They even go so far as to suggest you sell your existing box if you don't have a need for it.
  2. paladin732

    paladin732 Life Bites

    Nov 4, 2002
    Has anyone else noticed that the $200 "OFF" lifetime for existing lifetime boxes is really only "$100 off". Think about it. You already get $100 off of lifetime by using the Multi Service Discount. You can verify this by acting like you are simply going to buy a box (without clicking the upgrade link) while logged into your account.

    I feel like the "$200 off as a special upgrade offer" is kinda like false advertising, since it is really only $100 additional :(
  3. prisk

    prisk New Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    No. You still keep the old lifetime, which has value on ebay.
  4. theoryzero

    theoryzero New Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Thanks for starting this thread, I was about to ask this same question.

    My friend has a Series 2 TiVo with Lifetime that he no longer uses. We are trying to figure out if I would still get the $200 off Lifetime discount if he transferred his Series 2 unit to me or if I should convince him to buy the Premiere under his name and then transfer the Premiere unit to me. For the folks that don't get an upgrade offer, can you please comment whether you are currently on a monthly plan or if your box has Lifetime and you didn't qualify for an upgrade offer? I'd hate to have him transfer his box and then lose out on a discount.
  5. alarson83

    alarson83 Member

    Oct 27, 2009
    West Des...
    I'm monthly and didnt get it.
  6. naclone

    naclone New Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    i have an S3 and HD both on monthly plan (with multi-unit discount) and upgrading either box yields a 20% hardware discount offer.
  7. naclone

    naclone New Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    just curious, do we expect bestbuy and amazon to offer discounts as well or is 20% off offered by TiVo likely the best deal we'll see for a while? anybody have an historical account of pricing for S3 and HD?
  8. prisk

    prisk New Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    I have lifetime on my Series 2 and was offered $200 off the new lifetime subscription for the new Premier box, but the box was $299 (full list). After much wrangling on the phone he offered to take $25 off the box. The series 2 box with lifetime is worth about $150 on ebay, give or take a few bucks, so that is the fair market price for it.

    It is probably easier for your friend to buy the new box and then transfer it over to you, rather than transfer the Series 2 to you first and then have you upgrade. Not sure exactly how the offers work, but I believe length of subscription has something to do with it. Keep it simple....
  9. schwinn

    schwinn Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    Offer is $200 on the new-lifetime... nothing on the unit. The only unit they are showing me an upgrade for is the S1 I sold off... the other S1 is no longer eligible, since the current TivoHD I have was bought with that, I presume.

    No deal, Tivo. Hell, with all the issues I'm having with this TivoHD, I'm thinking it may go back as well... so sad to see that the S3s are being left in the cold already.
  10. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    i have some lifetime boxes and some month to month boxes on my account.

    I can 'upgrade' a lifetime box and get the 200 off lifetime offer
    I can 'upgade' a month to month and get the 20% off offer.

    nice to have options.
    Still not sure I'm buying day one. But options are nice.
  11. theoryzero

    theoryzero New Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Thanks, another question...is one only able to upgrade by ordering directly through TiVo? For example, could I order the Premiere through Amazon and then have my friend activate it and still get the discount on the Lifetime service?
  12. jaybird13

    jaybird13 New Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Probably a question you'll have to call TiVo to get the answer to.

    I seriously doubt that will be an option, but that's just my opinion.
  13. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2005
  14. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    This is a considerably better upgrade offer than TiVo gave when the S3 came out and I bought it. That offer was a lifetime transfer for $199; this is an additional lifetime for $199. You get to keep the old lifetime!

    (To prisk : there was never a $100 transfer option when the S3 came out).
  15. nickels

    nickels opinionated dope

    Jan 11, 2010
    Warrington, PA
    It looks like for me the total is about $500 to get the TiVo Premiere with Lifetime service, plus I still keep lifetime on my S2. This is a big improvement from the $700 I paid to get the TiVo HD with Lifetime a few years ago.

    Get Premiere
    Ships in early April -- order yours today!
    and get $200 off
    Product Lifetime service

    When I try to add it to my cart it says that Lifetime is $399 (not $200) - hmmmm
    Take two - this time it came up as $199
  16. blacknoi

    blacknoi Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Same for me: about 535 bux with tax for a lifetime'd Premier nonXL if I do the upgrade from my lifetime unit.

    Or about 40 bux more if I upgrade from my MSD'ed unit (and my existing MSD'ed unit bumps up from 6.99 to 9.99 a month).

    The choice is clear if I am going to upgrade.
  17. natkins

    natkins New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Aloha, OR
    I've been using an old series 2 for over 7 years now and it's still going strong. But now I think it's time to go ahead and get the Premiere and hook it up to my newly purchased HDTV.

    Here's my question: when I log into my Tivo account my upgrade offer is $200 off lifetime service. Do I have to order the Premiere from Tivo (and wait till April to get it) to receive the discount? Or can I purchase it at Best Buy, (which says they will be available later this month), then go to Tivo.com and activate my service and STILL get the $200 lifetime discount?

  18. Kit_C

    Kit_C New Member

    Oct 29, 1999
    I have an HD and an S3 with lifetime, each with upgraded internal drives (500GB on the HD and 1TB on the S3). I got the $200 off lifetime offer on each.

    I checked ebay completed sales this morning, and unless the Premiere causes these prices to tank, I believe I can fully recoup my upgrade costs to repace both units.

    My only concern is that it requires a truck roll from Time Warner, which is a box of chocolates.

    On the upside, I'll save some money each month by having a single M-card in each Premiere, rather than needing 2 S-cards in the S3 and an M-card in the HD.

    I'm in for two upgrades unless the GUI is broken.

    We won't know this until the boxes ship, but what do you think the chances are that the non-XL model will utilize space beyond 1.2TB, like the Tivo HD XL can?

  19. Ruth

    Ruth Now with toddler

    Jul 31, 2001
    Are these upgrade offers time-limited? Any idea how long they will be available?
  20. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    I have the $199 for lifetime offer four times.

    Anyone know if the Premiere still has eSata and, if so, if the MyDVR drives still work with them?

    If TiVo is encouraging people to upgrade to the Premiere and sell their older boxes, it would be nice if there were a way to transfer all your shows from one to the other (without copying to a computer and then copying back). It would also be nice if my eSATA drive from my HD could be configured to work with the premiere with my shows intact.

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