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Old 09-06-2006, 05:18 AM   #1
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Transfer S1 or S2 lifetime to S3 for $199!!!

Limited time offer from Tivo - transfer S1 or S2 lifetime to S3 for $199!!!
I just heard it Straight out of the mouth of TiVo Shanon.
Tivo will even keep service on the S1 or S2 for another 12 months at no aditional cost.

Maybe I will get one after all.

This is from the teleworld recording that is taking place right now.
You heard it here first.

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Old 09-06-2006, 05:25 AM   #2
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Beat me to it

Yup. The TV was on when TiVo switched over to recorded it's "Enhanced Content". One of the ad's was this promotion.

No mention of how much the S3 box will be but $199 to transfer lifetime over to the S3 from either an S1 or S2. It was referred to as a VIP offer and a webpage was mentioned, tivo website slash vip, but it looks like the page isn't active yet.

My brother happens to have an old Sony S1 box with lifetime that is prime for this promotion.
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:34 AM   #3
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Yep, just saw the same thing.

There were two videos from TiVoShannon announcing the Series 3.

A couple features mentioned...

The new TiVo HD is THX certified.

The new remote is backlit.

The chasis has extra dampening to keep the box quiet.

No mention of box price or availability date.

Now for the big news...

TiVo is allowing current Series 1 or Series 2 lifetime boxes to have the lifetime service transfered to the new Series 3 for a one time charge of $199. They also throw in an additional 12 months of service on the existing box when you pick this option..

Box must be purchased by December 31, 2006 and lifetime transfer by January 31, 2007.

Special hotline to do the transfer 866-424-8486.

www.tivo.com/vip to buy the box (page is not up yet).

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Old 09-06-2006, 05:34 AM   #4
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The $199 fee was the original lifetime fee (before bumped to $249 and before discontinued).

This is GREAT news... especially since you keep the old Lifetime box active for a year.

I also didn't realize (but am also not surprised) about the THX certification. Very cool!

BTW, anyone else notice how great Shanan looked?
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:40 AM   #5
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A couple features mentioned...

The new TiVo HD is THX certified.

The new remote is backlit.
and
The remote is a learning remote.
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:08 AM   #6
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Nice offer. But you'll have to take a chance on a newly released Series 3.
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:20 AM   #7
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Glad to see TiVo decided to offer this. There were enough people interested.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:17 AM   #8
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Darn you Tivo! Just when I'd mustered the will to say no!

Glad I didn't get wrapped up in the ebay auctions for old S1's or lifetime giftcards!
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:19 AM   #9
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I wish I had gottten lifetime on my S1 box.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:24 AM   #10
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Wow!

Never, I mean NEVER did I think this would happen.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:50 AM   #11
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Darn it, I didn't have this on my TiVo this morning.

I agree, I NEVER saw that coming. VERY cool! Not please give me a price much cheaper than $799!

It's awesome that my old unit will keep service for a year too so I could, if I wanted to, sell the S3 if I decided it wasn't for me and keep the old unit as a backup for awhile.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:53 AM   #12
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Hey, sounds like a great way for TiVo to 'lose even more money on Lifetime.'

Looks like TiVo made alot of us look pretty foolish.

12/31 ain't so limited. What happens after, Lifetime for $149?

Anyway, this soons pretty good for us, but I am not sure its such a good way for TiVo to move things along.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:21 AM   #13
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Wow

This Lifetime Service transfer for $200 illustrates perfectly how unreliable all the "informed" speculation on these Forums really is. But that stupid Forum Troll got ridiculed more than once for posting the bright idea that TiVo ought to price Lifetime Service @ $500! It essentially is, probably to test the market as well as reward existing customers!

WOW!

Well it looks like there will be a Series 3 in my future and another Series 2 laying around and not being used (after a year), and it also looks like I'll end up taking a bath on that Lifetime Service Gift Card I bought.

Hmmm. What else was that dummass Troll yakking about lately? Oh, yeah, a Series 2 upgrade which would support OTA STB tuners for TiVo's mass-market.






Sheeit!

Obviously that will never fly.

Or will it? Maybe I'd better hold on to that Gift Card.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:32 AM   #14
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:32 AM   #15
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Where does this show up under after it's recorded? I just checked and I only have Hollywoodland on TiVo Central.
Do I need to subscribe to the Tivolution showcase?
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:36 AM   #16
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I think it's hidden until Tivo tells your box to display the star icon.

So we will still have to wait to actually see this video.
The posters were just lucky enough to actually see the Tivo recording it.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:37 AM   #17
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It won't show up until TiVo sends a second set of instructions to your box. The download and display of showcases/yellow star items are separate.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:40 AM   #18
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Where does this show up under after it's recorded?
The recording is hidden until a Tivo Higher Power gives the command to splice it into the menus.

If you can enable backdoors, you can use ThumbsDown ThumbsDown ThumbsUp InstantReplay from Now Playing to see the hidden recordings.

See http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=122090 for the backdoor code list.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:42 AM   #19
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I am a little surprised but not shocked by this. TiVo get a little over a $100 transfer fee $199 - 1 year of service at 6.95. In many cases they may also get a series 1 taken out of service in a year that uses dial up for access and can not use the new features they are pushing and replace it with a box that is cheaper for them because it may connect using broadband. I bet TiVo would love to find a way to get all the lifetime series 1 out of service. With the series 2 they can at least try to lure people onto broadband to cut costs. With this offer I may well stop service on my series 1 in a year and replace it with a newer box. Without this offer I would most likely have kept my series 1 in service until my cable company shuts off analog.

I will however be shocked if they ever offer to sell new lifetime services. This lets them keep the total number of lifetimes the same and still make a little money.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:43 AM   #20
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The recording is hidden until a Tivo Higher Power gives the command to splice it into the menus.

If you can enable backdoors, you can use ThumbsDown ThumbsDown ThumbsUp InstantReplay from Now Playing to see the hidden recordings.

See http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=122090 for the backdoor code list.
Someone get this up on YouTube!!!!
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:45 AM   #21
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Actually, it looks to me like a way for TiVo to get some more revenue off of the existing lifetime subscriptions, and to encourage die-hard people to buy an early release rather than wait for the price to drop.

They aren't supporting any more lifetime subscriptions than they are now, but they have found a way to get more money from the already existing ones.

I could see this offer being repeated for each new major hardware release.

I am still undecided until I see street prices and more offer details. But this does make it a possibility for me where before it was not likely... (Plus I don't have my HDTV yet. 2007 will be the year of the HD TV for me!)
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:46 AM   #22
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Does the one year free service on the old box require a one year commitment? :he he:
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:50 AM   #23
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This Lifetime Service transfer for $200 illustrates perfectly how unreliable all the "informed" speculation on these Forums really is. But that stupid Forum Troll got ridiculed more than once for posting the bright idea that TiVo ought to price Lifetime Service @ $500! It essentially is, probably to test the market as well as reward existing customers!
I don't know so much about 500$ lifetime, though their is definite backlash on not having lifetime.

this 199$ offer though is a great win win as it does resell current lifetimes off of what will soon be legacy hardware onto the new platform. I think a key point is how surprised TiVo has been that people did not move off the series 1.
You can bet that series 1 lifetimes will be dropping like flies on this. Many series 2 will go as well. So they do it now while they command the best dollar for the S3 hardware and boost sales of S3.

The 12 month on the old box is cool but it will hurt any boost in subscriptions as they will have to specially account for the boxes given the 12 month ride.

but yes way to go TiVo on this offer and they may well sell me a S3 before 12/31 even though I was not ready to get one before then. Now we await the price
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:05 AM   #24
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It sucks that we will have to pay full retail for the S3 in order to take advantage of this deal. I think the S3 will still be $800 on 12-31.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:08 AM   #25
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$1000 for a S3 with lifetime, free S2 service for a year and presumably $6.95/month thereafter ain't too bad...

I wonder if some people who bought Lifetime gift cards off of ebay will be pissed.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:09 AM   #26
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I hate to say it, but....

I told you "never say never" when it comes to lifetime service. Just because they discontinued offering it doesn't mean they wouldn't allow some sort of grandfathering. This is what you all get for all your wild speculation! I hope you've all learned something now - it's always best to wait for the official announcement rather than attempting to second guess.


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Old 09-06-2006, 09:17 AM   #27
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I've thought about going to the S3 just to keep up, but I don't have an HD TV nor do I have digital cable...... but if I do have 4 S1 machines with lifetime.

I think that it might make sense to take them up on their offer to upgrade one to the new S3 and do the $199 lifetime transfer.

Since it has dual-tuner I can upgrade one lifetime S1 to the S3 and sell one lifetime S1. I wonder what I will be able to get for a lifetime S1 on ebay after this $199 deal gets around.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:21 AM   #28
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$1000 for a S3 with lifetime, free S2 service for a year and presumably $6.95/month thereafter ain't too bad...

I wonder if some people who bought Lifetime gift cards off of ebay will be pissed.
well yes and no, if they paid 500$ for it and apply it straight up to an S3 then it is the same result in a way, and they could still sell the legacy lifetimed box they have for a good return on the lifetime. If you paid 800$ then you paid too much.
But this move definitely puts value in the aftersell market. good on TiVo for keeping value in their brand even if some of that value goes to the customer and not the company.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:22 AM   #29
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I wonder if some people who bought Lifetime gift cards off of ebay will be pissed.
Will the monthly subs who are struggling to keep TiVo alive be pissed that the blood sucking Lifetime Che@p B@st@rd$ bent on TiVo's destruction are getting a special deal?
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:23 AM   #30
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I have a lifetime on my S2. If I get a S3, with the multi-unit discount, the fee on the S3 is 6.95 a month.

Or I can transfer the lifetime to the S3 and pay $199, get a year "free" on the S2, and then with the multi-series discount, I pay 6.95 a month.

Tivo is hoping some people are bad at math, which they obviously are.
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