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Old 11-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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How much was Lifetime service in 1999?

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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Back in 1999 i was with directv and i bought 2 tivos at circuit city for $99.00 each and i think i paid $199.00 for lifetime service which i think included both tivos!
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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$199 was probably the cost of lifetime service for a stand-alone TiVo back in 1999. On May 1, 2001 it was raised to $249. At some point in the future it was raised to $299 and around 2005 they stopped offering it altogether (though would occasionally have special offers where it was available for a short time).

The DirecTV TiVo lifetime service was sold for $199, and it covered all the receivers on your account, and was attached to your account, not the receiver.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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I'm also pretty sure it was $199 back then - I had lifetime on my original Series 1.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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In 2012, lifetime service is $150 (on a simple.tv dvr ).
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:44 AM   #6
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Celtic and Doug have it right. I paid $199 for lifetime on our 1st S1 in June 2000 and $249 for lifetime in our our 2nd S1 in May 2002. We transferred both of those lifetime activations to S3 OLED units for $199 each in January 2007.

Coming up on 6 years now and still happy with both!

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:56 AM   #7
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My 30GB TiVo was IIRC $899 + $199
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #8
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Celtic and Doug have it right. I paid $199 for lifetime on our 1st S1 in June 2000 and $249 for lifetime in our our 2nd S1 in May 2002. We transferred both of those lifetime activations to S3 OLED units for $199 each in January 2007.

Coming up on 6 years now and still happy with both!

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The OP is asking about 1999. What you paid the next year and the rest of your life story isn't relevant to the question.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:59 PM   #9
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Well lifetime was not alot back in 1999 but the TiVos were extremely expensive. That is the reason I never got a TiVo when they first came out. And I only got TiVo as an after thought when I got DirecTV and found out how inexpensive the TiVos were. Especially since I was able to buy ten, and sell seven to cover the cost of the three DirecTV TiVos I kept including upgrading them.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:11 PM   #10
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I won my 1st TiVo in an essay contest & believe I paid $99 for lifetime on it. I then bought another standalone with lifetime service & think I paid $198 for both the unit & lifetime service. After that, I started buying DirecTiVos when they first came out & paid $99 for lifetime then bought others that I haven't had to pay any fees on.
I'm grateful that I saw the advertisement in a magazine & decided to enter the contest.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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The OP is asking about 1999. What you paid the next year and the rest of your life story isn't relevant to the question.
Just as irrelevant as your post.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #12
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Just look at post # 3 that is the OPs answer
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #13
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Maybe we can get Tivo to party like it's 1999 and roll back prices.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:11 PM   #14
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Just as irrelevant as your post.
Just like your post, my post is relevant to the post I was responding to, which wasn't relevant to the post he was responding to.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #15
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Well, on the bright side, post 15 makes all the other posts seem more relevent than they originally did.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #16
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Well, on the bright side, post 15 makes all the other posts seem more relevent than they originally did.
Yes, but now a statement classifying the relative relevance of post #15 is almost as irrelevant as my commentary about the relevance of post #16.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #17
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$199... I've still got a series one running with lifetime originally purchased in '99. It's been modded with a network card so it doesn't need a phone line, but it's still happily doing its job after all these years...
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:14 AM   #18
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$199... I've still got a series one running with lifetime originally purchased in '99. It's been modded with a network card so it doesn't need a phone line, but it's still happily doing its job after all these years...
Yeah, I bet that Tivo didn't expect the boxes to last this long. Two of my introductory boxes were S1s with Turbonet cards that I sold within the past year.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:18 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the replies. Especially relevant are the ones about how relevant everything was. LOL
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the replies. Especially relevant are the ones about how relevant everything was. LOL
You could always enlighten us by letting us know why it mattered to you what lifetime cost in the past? Did you buy it? Did you not but wish you did? Are you writing the definitive history book of the DVR ?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #21
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I got lifetime for $99, on two boxes. IIRC correctly, it was late Nov. 2000 and Tivo had a $100 off sale on lifetime. Those were the good old days.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:30 AM   #22
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You could always enlighten us by letting us know why it mattered to you what lifetime cost in the past? Did you buy it? Did you not but wish you did? Are you writing the definitive history book of the DVR ?
Nope. I bought two boxes -- one in 1999 and one in 2001. For some reason my husband, who keeps track of literally everything, didn't keep track of that. I get to transfer the older one to a new box and just wondered how much that was worth then. Sadly, the other one is not transferable so I am probably going to go month-to-month on a new box. I am leaving DirecTV and have two new boxes on order.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:17 PM   #23
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In 2012, lifetime service is $150 (on a simple.tv dvr ).
I had never heard of simple.tv. Besides the low price, it allows remote streaming (like Slingbox) and it allows in house streaming to more devices than just iOS devices:

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At launch, Simple.TV will have apps for the following platforms:
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iPad*
Your PC desktop browser (Chrome and Firefox only)
Your Mac desktop browser (Chrome, Firefox and Safari only)

We don't currently have release dates for other platforms like Android, GoogleTV, NeoTV, XBox, PS3. As soon as we do, we'll let you know.

*iPad app coming shortly after launch.
Source: http://support.simple.tv/customer/po...le-tv-support-

Android support is still missing right now, but Roku and desktop browser playback? Yes, please.
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I had never heard of simple.tv. Besides the low price, it allows remote streaming (like Slingbox) and it allows in house streaming to more devices than just iOS devices:
SINGLE TUNER, cannot watch ON A TV… Doesn't seem inexpensive to me…
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I had never heard of simple.tv. Besides the low price, it allows remote streaming (like Slingbox) and it allows in house streaming to more devices than just iOS devices:

Android support is still missing right now, but Roku and desktop browser playback? Yes, please.
Might want to watch the review in this show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE-0PDPfJdY&feature=plcp before you give simple.tv a try.
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lifetime = $199

1 oz silver = $5.25

lifetime = 38 oz silver

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2012

lifetime = $299

1 oz silver = $34.25

lifetime = 8.7 oz of silver
Ummm... In 2012 lifetime is $499, or $399 with MSD.

When TiVo decided to discontinue lifetime a few years back I actually bought like 10 of the lifetime cards from BestBuy ($299 each) and then waited 3 months and sold most of them for $500-$700. I used 3 myself, but I made enough profit on the others that those 3 were essentially free.

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lifetime = $199

1 oz silver = $5.25

lifetime = 38 oz silver

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2012

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1 oz silver = $34.25

lifetime = 8.7 oz of silver
Why don't you compare the cost of Lifetime to the cost of a 32" HDTV??, your comparison makes no sense as silver has nothing to do with the product category TiVo is in.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #29
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Ummm... In 2012 lifetime is $499, or $399 with MSD.

When TiVo decided to discontinue lifetime a few years back I actually bought like 10 of the lifetime cards from BestBuy ($299 each) and then waited 3 months and sold most of them for $500-$700. I used 3 myself, but I made enough profit on the others that those 3 were essentially free.

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When did TiVo decide to discontinue lifetime? I haven't heard anything about that as I was just able to get lifetime on my Premiere a week ago.
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When did TiVo decide to discontinue lifetime? I haven't heard anything about that as I was just able to get lifetime on my Premiere a week ago.
This was back when the original Series 3 was released.
TiVo discontinued offering lifetime service at the time, and FUD ensued on whether or not TiVo would bring it back.

I would have purchased an original S3 if lifetime service had been available.
That's $800 TiVo didn't get from me. I wonder how many other people stalled getting an S3 because lifetime wasn't available?
Bad decision IMO.
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