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Old 06-27-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Should I take TiVo's offer for a 45 hr TiVo Premiere?

So, first my old Series 1 died and now my Series 2 has died. I didn't really want to upgrade, somewhat content with the Comcast DVR. I called to cancel but the rep offered me a free 45 hr TiVo Premiere ($300 value) with service at $19.99/mo.

Is it worth it? Should I take the deal? Is there any chance two-way cablecards are on the horizon? I like my on demand.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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that deal came up for me this morning on a banner on this very forum. Its not a good deal. Its a factory renewed and it locks you in to a 19.99 a month plan for a minimum of 2 years. That's $480 of payments. Its cheaper to buy a refurb tivo for $79 and get lifetime for $399.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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that deal came up for me this morning on a banner on this very forum. Its not a good deal. Its a factory renewed and it locks you in to a 19.99 a month plan for a minimum of 2 years. That's $480 of payments. Its cheaper to buy a refurb tivo for $79 and get lifetime for $399.
I just chatted with a CSR to confirm what you said and they are telling me this promotion is for a new box. It is the 2 year commitment, however.

What kind of refurb TiVo can I get for $79? I wish my lifetime was still transferrable.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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I just chatted with a CSR to confirm what you said and they are telling me this promotion is for a new box. It is the 2 year commitment, however.

What kind of refurb TiVo can I get for $79? I wish my lifetime was still transferrable.
https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance.do

Factory renewed TiVo Premiere is $79
New old-stock 45 hour TiVo Premiere (what they're offering you) is only $99.

It would work out to be only $20 more to have lifetime off the bat on the same box they are offering you for free. So obviously their deal sucks. After 2 years you are stuck with a worthless box if it doesnt have lifetime. The S5 will probably be out in 2 years.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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I just chatted with a CSR to confirm what you said and they are telling me this promotion is for a new box. It is the 2 year commitment, however.

What kind of refurb TiVo can I get for $79? I wish my lifetime was still transferrable.
Craigslist, eBay and woot! are also great places to get them. They usually go for about $45 - $50.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:41 PM   #6
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Hd

You're probably better off getting a used HD for about $40 off eBay and dropping in a 1 gig hard drive for about $80. It may not ne the latest and greatest but you'll have a highly reliable machine that is better than the Premier in many respects.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #7
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https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance.do

Factory renewed TiVo Premiere is $79
New old-stock 45 hour TiVo Premiere (what they're offering you) is only $99.

It would work out to be only $20 more to have lifetime off the bat on the same box they are offering you for free. So obviously their deal sucks. After 2 years you are stuck with a worthless box if it doesnt have lifetime. The S5 will probably be out in 2 years.
Why does lifetime give it any more value if its technology may be outdated in 2 years?

Sounds like I should go ahead and cancel and take some time to look around. They are such a pita when you try to cancel.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #8
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On sale today at Buy.com for $49.99

Noticed this in their daily email.

$49.99 for refurb, free shipping.

http://1saleaday.store.buy.com/p/tiv...215493017.html
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:34 AM   #9
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Why does lifetime give it any more value if its technology may be outdated in 2 years?

Sounds like I should go ahead and cancel and take some time to look around. They are such a pita when you try to cancel.
It wont be outdated in 2 years. In fact it will be fine and will not lose any features.

The difference is if you take their deal the box will stop working in 2 years if you stop paying. If you spend the same amount up front and pay for lifetime you will end up paying the same amount and the box will work forever. and it will be worth $300 while the one yo got for free will be a brick.

I'm not sure I can explain it any clearer then this. The 19.99 a month deal is bad.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
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Why does lifetime give it any more value if its technology may be outdated in 2 years?

Sounds like I should go ahead and cancel and take some time to look around. They are such a pita when you try to cancel.

You may get a better offer if you try and cancel.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:18 AM   #11
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Wow, that was easy this time. I didn't get the hard sell and my account was canceled. Now I can take my time... Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #12
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[quote=mae;9156106]Noticed this in their daily email.

$49.99 for refurb, free shipping.



Thanks,


Just picked this up thanks for the heads up. The description says a one year 19.99 subscription is required but I called TiVo and confirmed its under the new $14.99 no commitment pricing or $12.99 for multi service.

I would assume all lifetime promotions are valid also.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #13
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So, first my old Series 1 died and now my Series 2 has died. I didn't really want to upgrade, somewhat content with the Comcast DVR. I called to cancel but the rep offered me a free 45 hr TiVo Premiere ($300 value) with service at $19.99/mo.

Is it worth it? Should I take the deal? Is there any chance two-way cablecards are on the horizon? I like my on demand.
cable cards are 2way already it's the Tivo that's not
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #14
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Why does lifetime give it any more value if its technology may be outdated in 2 years?
Because it will almost certainly still be usable by *someone* in 2 years, even if you think it's "outdated". (That is, the cable technology is unlikely to completely change in 2 years in a way that will make the Tivos unusable.) Heck, even S1s apparently work with the DTAs (the "mini" cable boxes for digital channels.)

..and Tivos with lifetime retain a lot of resale value.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:16 PM   #15
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Question Whoa whoa whoa, stop the clock

I just got an email with an offer to buy lifetime at 49.99! What's the catch? What do they mean by the purchase of a service bundle?

http://info.tivo.com/PS!6LcNH9PnPGQF...10000050226765

Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #16
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Damn, I reread that and it's on my existing service which happens to be my dead series 2. Thanks for nothing, TiVo!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:47 PM   #17
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What is wrong with it?

The folks here can often help bring a tivo back from the dead- then at least you could sell it to help defray any costs from a new unit. Or just keep it chugging.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #18
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Damn, I reread that and it's on my existing service which happens to be my dead series 2. Thanks for nothing, TiVo!
That's actually for a series 1 (010 prefix).
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That's actually for a series 1 (010 prefix).
Go to that link and replace the number at the end with the TSN of any non-lifetimed S3 or older you happen to have and see what happens.
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Damn, I reread that and it's on my existing service which happens to be my dead series 2. Thanks for nothing, TiVo!
Which S2 is it? Model number wise.
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Go to that link and replace the number at the end with the TSN of any non-lifetimed S3 or older you happen to have and see what happens.
Ok, but does not look like it would do you any good unless you can call them to get the deal. Cause you can't seem to buy it from that link even if you change the TSN.
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Ok, but does not look like it would do you any good unless you can call them to get the deal. Cause you can't seem to buy it from that link even if you change the TSN.
But the fact that you can change the url and not get an error message suggests that it's not just that one poster who can get the deal.

Let me plug in an already lifetimed S2 TSN and see what happens.
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But the fact that you can change the url and not get an error message suggests that it's not just that one poster who can get the deal.

Let me plug in an already lifetimed S2 TSN and see what happens.
Apparently they'll graciously allow me to spend an extra $50 to get lifetime on an already lifetimed machine.

But, hey, it's a toll-free call, right?

All they can do is say no, it's not like they can take away your birthday.
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Apparently they'll graciously allow me to spend an extra $50 to get lifetime on an already lifetimed machine.

But, hey, it's a toll-free call, right?

All they can do is say no, it's not like they can take away your birthday.
True, I only have one box that is no longer lifetime on my account and I no longer have it. So, wouldn't make any difference for me to call them.
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