Originally Posted by lillevig
That's their business model. The only time (other than some very early S1 boxes) that I've heard them allowing a transfer of LT is when you need to replace a broken out of warranty box. Seems they have offered some folks the opportunity to do that for $149.
AFAIR, there have been three "lifetime transfer" opportunities.
I think there was one from S1 -> S2. This MAY have been a free transfer.. I don't remember, but it wasn't ever appealing to me. (They didn't do it when the S2DT came out, or I might have been interested in that.)
They did a lifetime transfer to the S3. I don't remember how much this cost..
They did a lifetime transfer to the Tivo HD. I seem to remember it cost $200 + you got a free year on your existing Tivo (e.g. S1 or S2), which was still way less than the new lifetime cost was.
I think I ended up paying around $800 for my S3 including lifetime, and somewhere around $450 for my Tivo HD including lifetime.
I would do another 'transfer' to an XL4 if it came up, but I admit I'm starting to lean towards getting one anyway.. (though most of the hardware paid through Best Buy GCs I got by using the Viggle app).. I'm even thinking about before the Olympics start, to have more tuners.