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Old 11-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Upgrade Advice

I have been looking at the Roamio Pro.

I currently have a S2 (2006, monthly, cable box) and a HD (2009, annual, cableCARD & Tuning adapter) connected to a living room HDTV. There is a SDTV in our bedroom without any TiVo connected as that TV is rarely used.

I was thinking of consolidating down to one device...Roamio Pro, probably w/lifetime service.

I have recordings to transfer, so my plan was to get the Roamio, transfer the recordings from the S2, once done, deactivate service for the S2 and then use the CC/TA from the HD to actively use the Roamio. I am under the impression that the HD should still get analog cable and still be able to transfer recordings until it's service is deactivated (Feb 2014).

However, I am reluctant to just box up TiVos that still seem to be in good working order. However, due to age, I figure I would not get anything for them as they do not have the lifetime service and many would just go for a newer device rather than these old ones.

As I type this, I'm not really sure what my question is...I know I'd like to get the Roamio and I know I'd like to go down to one device. I guess I am wondering the best course of action for the HD and the remainder of it's year of service and the capabilities without CC/TA and what to do with the SD & HD once I've upgraded.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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after you get the roamio and put lifetime on it Tivo should offer 99 lifetime on the HD. Then you should be able to turn around and sell it for a profit. I dont know what HD's go for nowadays but i am assuming it is more then 99 ..
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #3
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Currently, it shows these pricing options

HD: $399.99 Product Lifetime service

S2: $499.99 Product Lifetime service

I guess the $99 must be a phone call option?

Tried to ask about alternative deals with the lifetime via TiVo chat. I was directed to phone support (who are closed) as the chat people are only able to offer what I see online.

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Old 11-30-2013, 10:16 AM   #4
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Thought I would give a follow-up in case it helps someone else...

Called TiVo yesterday and the lady on the phone didn't seem too sure of her prices. She said she "thought" the Roamio Pro "might" be $100 off "if" I was qualified...despite having all my info pulled up. It seemed there was ZERO discount for the Lifetime on the old boxes.

So I decided to call the support number...while they couldn't help with sales (obviously) they did provide some needed info...that I didn't realize was easily available on WikiPedia...and probably on here had I done better research.

S2 = 160GB
HD = 160GB
Total = 320GB

Roamio = 500GB
R Plus = 1TB
R Pro = 3TB

The tech support helped me save $200 by realizing I didn't need the Pro...overkill...we watch a lot of TV, but not THAT much...we've only maxed out the HD a couple times over the past few years...1TB should be good enough.

He also mentioned the $50 off promo that is going on at the moment. However, Best Buy has a $50 gift card. Seeing as we'd spend $50 at Best Buy at some point in the future, it comes out equal.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:59 AM   #5
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Thought I would give a follow-up in case it helps someone else...

Called TiVo yesterday and the lady on the phone didn't seem too sure of her prices. She said she "thought" the Roamio Pro "might" be $100 off "if" I was qualified...despite having all my info pulled up. It seemed there was ZERO discount for the Lifetime on the old boxes.

So I decided to call the support number...while they couldn't help with sales (obviously) they did provide some needed info...that I didn't realize was easily available on WikiPedia...and probably on here had I done better research.

S2 = 160GB
HD = 160GB
Total = 320GB

Roamio = 500GB
R Plus = 1TB
R Pro = 3TB

The tech support helped me save $200 by realizing I didn't need the Pro...overkill...we watch a lot of TV, but not THAT much...we've only maxed out the HD a couple times over the past few years...1TB should be good enough.

He also mentioned the $50 off promo that is going on at the moment. However, Best Buy has a $50 gift card. Seeing as we'd spend $50 at Best Buy at some point in the future, it comes out equal.

What you do is use the possibility of buying a new TiVo as leverage to get the $99 lifetime deal on the old one--hint around that they won't be getting any more subscription money on the S3 when the current sub runs out. $99 being $99 more than $0, they'll probably choose $99.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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(Possible) Last post to close this out:

Purchased the Roamio Plus from Best Buy last weekend, had banked reward points of $300, so the total was only $99 and also got the $50 gift card.

Activated the service @ $399.99 but held off on canceling the S2 & HD boxes until I had transferred everything off of them.

Called this weekend to cancel S2 & HD boxes and was offered the $99 lifetime on the HD. He mentioned there were a few qualifying factors in order to be eligible for the rate...ownership of a Roamio as well as the HD being of a certain age, etc. He also offered a lower monthly rate on my S2, but due to being non-HD, etc. I didn't feel it was worth it. It sounded as if it was something within their system when they go to cancel your service. I did pick the phone tree option of "cancel service" so I don't know if that is a piece of the puzzle as well.

Now we have the Roamio Plus & TiVo HD as lifetime. We'll probably use the HD in our bedroom with our smaller HDTV when we get a larger HDTV for our living room. At least the Roamio & HD should be able to transfer shows between each other.
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