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Old 05-19-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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Thumbs up $200 Rebate on S3 Coming May 27

Looks like the S3 is going to drop into the very affordable range here real quickly. TiVo is set to launch a $200 rebate on May 27th as part of a Fathers Day campaign.

I will certainly be adding that second S3 to the home!

If you thinking about a purchase you may want to hold off a week.

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Old 05-19-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:04 AM   #3
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Interesting that the rebate form mentions "DVD products" four times.

1. "New TiVo service* or TiVo PlusTM service* (on DVD products) activation required between 5/27/07 and 7/16/07..."
2. "Valid only for new, TiVo Series3 Digital Video Recorders (including designated DVD products) purchased from an authorized TiVo retailer."
3. "To receive rebate, mail completed Rebate Form (available at www.tivo.com/rebate) dated receipt for any eligible TiVo Series3 DVR or DVD product purchase..."
4. "Limit one rebate per eligible TiVo Series3™ Digital Video Recorder and
DVD product."

Is it possible TiVo will soon launch a Series 3 with DVD?
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:10 AM   #4
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Sweet! 2nd S3 for the bedroom on May 27th!
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:11 AM   #5
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Would Costco be considered an "authorized retailer"?
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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I guess we can't take advantage of MSD pricing with this coupon, since it requires a one-year service plan?
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:23 AM   #7
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I guess we can't take advantage of MSD pricing with this coupon, since it requires a one-year service plan?
The exact same wording was on my S2 rebate in December 06, and its on MSD pricing with my other S3 being my primary.

I think they charge back your credit card for the rebate amount if you cancel with 1 year.
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:24 AM   #8
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Would Costco be considered an "authorized retailer"?
pretty sure they are, but I'll let others speak up
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:35 PM   #9
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I wonder if you can transfer current service on a S2 to a new S3 and still qualify for a rebate (I doubt it, but doesn't hurt to ask. ). I know that you can transfer the service regardless, but saving $200 would be cool.
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:16 PM   #10
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I wonder if you can transfer current service on a S2 to a new S3 and still qualify for a rebate (I doubt it, but doesn't hurt to ask. ). I know that you can transfer the service regardless, but saving $200 would be cool.
Its only for new activations so it will not work.
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:23 PM   #11
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Interesting that the rebate form mentions "DVD products" four times.



Is it possible TiVo will soon launch a Series 3 with DVD?

Hope it's HD-DVD Writer!!
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:38 PM   #12
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If they mirror what they did on the Series 2, they will do a player only DVD bundle first. Toshiba is the most likely since they are a past partner and use the same BCM chip for playing MPEG2 HD streams.

Wow. Costco looks like a safe bet for a $399 Series3.

I wouldn't put it past CircuitCity or Compusa to jack up the retail for those days and give you the $200 rebate off of say $749, pocketing 3/4 of the rebate.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:06 PM   #13
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I wonder if you can transfer current service on a S2 to a new S3 and still qualify for a rebate (I doubt it, but doesn't hurt to ask. ). I know that you can transfer the service regardless, but saving $200 would be cool.
I don't see why this transfer will disqualify you for the rebate. I interpret the "at least 1 year sub" requirement as you need to have some sub on it - which lifetime definitely is. This is what I plan on doing with my S2 - can we assume they are still honoring transfers or is it a luck of the draw?
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:28 PM   #14
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Is it possible TiVo will soon launch a Series 3 with DVD?
Don't think so. The rebate form is just copied and edited (incompletely) from a previous rebate form.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:29 PM   #15
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I guess we can't take advantage of MSD pricing with this coupon, since it requires a one-year service plan?
MSD also has a minimum of 1-year service commitment. Works fine with the rebate.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:31 PM   #16
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I don't see why this transfer will disqualify you for the rebate.
It has to be a new activation.
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:24 PM   #17
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Sure. Great. I just ordered my S3 earlier this week and it is being shipped right now! My timing sucks.....
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:45 PM   #18
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It has to be a new activation.
I think your mistaken. If you read the rules carefully, it says 1 year sub required for NEW customers & the S3 has to be NEW (not used). Nowhere does it say "not eligible for existing customers". This would be consistent with Tivo's previous rebates (which I have received without problems).
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:46 PM   #19
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:56 PM   #20
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I think your mistaken. If you read the rules carefully, it says 1 year sub required for NEW customers & the S3 has to be NEW (not used). Nowhere does it say "not eligible for existing customers". This would be consistent with Tivo's previous rebates (which I have received without problems).
No. Fine print point 3 says "New Service activation" required. Which is indeed the same as previous rebates, but not what you're saying.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:43 PM   #21
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OK, I'm stupid. Does this rebate work in the community store here? I may jump!!!!
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:50 PM   #22
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I think your mistaken. If you read the rules carefully, it says 1 year sub required for NEW customers & the S3 has to be NEW (not used). Nowhere does it say "not eligible for existing customers". This would be consistent with Tivo's previous rebates (which I have received without problems).
Huh? The rebate has nothing to do with new/existing customer. The rebate terms don't say that, and I did not say that. As long as it's a new service, rebate works fine. Transfer of service is not eligible for the rebate.
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:57 PM   #23
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From the Tivo page on costco website:
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This item is covered by Costco's guarantee to refund your purchase price if you are not completely satisfied. Costco's guarantee applies, even though this item may not be covered by the manufacturer's warranty, because Costco is not an "authorized" dealer of the merchandise.
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...v=&browse=&s=1
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:00 PM   #24
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IIRC any retailer that sells a TiVo for less than the MSRP becomes "unauthorized".
"Authorized" retailers sell at the set MSRP.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:09 PM   #25
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I think your mistaken. If you read the rules carefully, it says 1 year sub required for NEW customers & the S3 has to be NEW (not used). Nowhere does it say "not eligible for existing customers". This would be consistent with Tivo's previous rebates (which I have received without problems).
(3) New TiVo service* or TiVo PlusTM service* (on DVD products) activation required between 5/27/07 and 7/16/07,
inclusive, and must be active for at least 30 days (beyond TiVo trial period) in order to be eligible for rebate. TiVo service or TiVo Plus service must also be active at the time of rebate processing to be eligible for rebate. TiVo Basic™ service not eligible for rebate.

Also it isn't 1 year sub required. It is 30 days sub required plus time until you get the rebate (10 - 12 weeks total). 1 year sub is required to avoid early termination fees (these apply to everyone getting a new subscripition).
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So any retailer that sells below MSRP is unathorized. So if we shop around and get the Tivo Series 3 after discount for around the same price after the $200 what is the point of the rebate ?
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(3) New TiVo service* or TiVo PlusTM service* (on DVD products) activation required between 5/27/07 and 7/16/07,
inclusive, and must be active for at least 30 days (beyond TiVo trial period) in order to be eligible for rebate. TiVo service or TiVo Plus service must also be active at the time of rebate processing to be eligible for rebate. TiVo Basic™ service not eligible for rebate.

Also it isn't 1 year sub required. It is 30 days sub required plus time until you get the rebate (10 - 12 weeks total). 1 year sub is required to avoid early termination fees (these apply to everyone getting a new subscripition).
You might be right. I read it as "if it's a new sub, must be activated between these dates". I also could have sworn I received rebates on extra Tivos, but admittedly, I could be confusing it with DTV Tivo rebates - I have purchased over a dozen units between DTV & regular Tivos for family & friends. It would be much clearer if it just stated "not good for existing customers" like so many other offers do.
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So any retailer that sells below MSRP is unathorized. So if we shop around and get the Tivo Series 3 after discount for around the same price after the $200 what is the point of the rebate ?
The price you pay has no barring on getting the rebate, I have purchased many Series 2s (for myself and friends) at Amazon.com and paid less than MSP and had no problem getting the rebate. I have xfered lifetime Sub to a Series 2 DT when they first came out and still got the rebate on the DT TiVo without problem.

You must have a properly dated receipt, the TiVo better not have had service on it before the date of the store receipt and the service must be on the TiVo when they go to cut the check.
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So Costco is not an authorized retailer!!! Darnit.....Oh well may still be a good deal with their warranty...
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What in this thread makes you think Costco isn't an authorized retailer?
The fact that Costo says that it is not on the S3 page on it's website.

(SEE POST #23 ABOVE)
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