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Old 06-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Finally retired my grandfathered May 1999 S1

The ol' girls has been running like a champ for 14 years.

I was holding out for the 6-tuner model but for a number of reasons decided to pull the trigger now on a Premium 4 and a mini.

Transfer the grandfathered lifetime service with one-time transfer to the P4.

Ordered a 2g hard drive for the upgrade and we'll move into the 21st century.

Any other old-timers hanging around?
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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I'm partially in the 21st century already with an S3 but finally had the need to do more multi-room viewing.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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Wow. I sure TiVo hates you now.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Maybe not. That's one less grandfathered lifetime in their books.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Back then it was only $199 for lifetime. So he used it for 14 years then transferred it to a new TiVo which he'll likely use for at least 3-4 more. That's 17+ years of service for $200. (<$1 per month) Talk about a good value.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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All for the low-low price of a single hard drive upgrade. That was all.

Of course, the original unit cost an arm and a leg back then. I remember bringing it home thinking the wife was going to kill me for spending that much on a piece of electronics.

Once she used it though, there was no going back. She got hooked. More so that I wished!
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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By the way, I wonder how much TiVo has to pay to keep their dial-in numbers active for nightly call-ins??
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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I was wondering that too.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:41 PM   #9
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By the way, I wonder how much TiVo has to pay to keep their dial-in numbers active for nightly call-ins??
I think Tivo borrows dial-in numbers from certain ISPs or from the telco. I think I remember some Tivo local dial-in numbers being the same as certain ISPs in a small town.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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Mine are not quite that old but I have S1' s from 2000 and 2002 that are still going strong. Each has had hard drives replaced and each originally had lifetime service. I transfered one lifetime to my S3 in 2006 when I moved up to HD but kept monthly service on it so both S1' s have been handed down for my sons use. He was 3 at the time and now he is almost 9 and has been using them daily with a CRT TV. He doesn't know what what TV is like without Tivo.

He's ready to move up to a flat screen HD set so I'm hoping for a new lifetime transfer option for the 2nd S1 so I can retire both my S1's and let him move up to one of the S3's and I'll get another Premiere or move the lifetime to my XL4.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:17 PM   #11
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Any other old-timers hanging around?
We still have our two S1's in active use. One was free from the original contest (where you wrote a paragraph about why you needed a Tivo). The other was "free" from buying two on clearance at WallMart and selling one on eBay for the cost of both. They've both had lifetime since day-one.

I suspect I'm a "poor" Tivo customer since I've spent so little money over the years. :-)
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We still have our two S1's in active use. One was free from the original contest (where you wrote a paragraph about why you needed a Tivo).
I "won" one of those too. In fact IIRC there was some sort of mistake made and everyone who entered accidentally "won" so there were quite a few of us that got free TiVos from that.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:22 PM   #13
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I "won" one of those too. It still works but needs a HD replacement that isnt going to happen. One less dial-in
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:30 PM   #14
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It still works but needs a HD replacement that isnt going to happen. One less dial-in
If it's got lifetime service I imagine you could sell it to someone who would be happy to replace the disk (or even give it to me ).
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:51 AM   #15
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When I upgraded to a TiVoHD in 2007 I was expecting a battle in transferring my Lifetime. I even saved a copy of Richard Bullwinkle's 1/21/2000 post on avsforum. To my surprise, the customer rep told me about transferring my Lifetime before I could start arguing. I was impressed.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:07 AM   #16
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I've still got my grandfathered Series One running in our office. I also have a Series 3 running in our livingroom on the $7/month MSD. I'm waiting for this fall when I'll replace both with a rumored Series 5 for the livingroom and a Mini for the office. The only reason I'm holding out is that I want to maintain my ability to to do OTA, and not have to rely solely on cable. I can't complain about what I've paid TiVo over the years. Yes I bought expensive units, and installed new HDs over the years, but the monthly costs have been very low. And I expect them to go even lower this fall.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #17
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I was hoping for the 6-tuner as well but our home situation made it such that a 4-tuner now is better than a 6-tuner later.
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