$99 lifetime offer

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Shanezam203, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    You mean they may be charging a price above cost for the service, which all providers seek to do. That is different from profit.

    It would indicate that the service contributes positively instead of negatively to the overall bottom line.

    Just before I posted this I note that you revised your previous statement- looks good.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    I think CSR roulette is always a factor
     
  3. buscuitboy

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    I have still be scouring & keeping an eye on ebay and Craigslist for possible series 3 HD TiVos (160GB), but am now rethinking it all. Instead, just waiting till these new IP set-top boxes come from TiVo later this year. Depending on their price, it might be a better "whole home" solution for my needs.

    Getting a Series 3 for about $50, having it month-to-month for about 6 months, paying Comcast $8/month for the cable card and then trying to $99 lifetime it would mean about a cost of $275+ over that 6 month period. Then, there would still be an ongoing cost of $8/month from Comcast for the cable card.

    I already have an older dual tuner Premiere (lifetime) & recently read here that these IP boxes will work with these units after all (with a software update). This IP box would go in a basement room that has a TV that is not frequently used so this might be a great solution for my needs instead of paying an ongoing $8/month to Comcast for the use of their cable card (that probably isn't gonna be used all that much anyway). I might even be willing to get one of the newer/cheaper Premiere 4 TiVos since it has 4 tuners.

    While I'm being optimistic & hoping these IP boxes will be around $99, I'd be willing to maybe pay around $199 since it would essentially not need a cable card either. Another Comcrap cost I don't like coughing up. Will see (hopefully) this fall & I guess it all depends on the base pricing and if & how much of a monthly cost there is.

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  4. cannonz

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    When you return their DVR or box for card (and TA) you should get using your own equipment discount. At least that's how brighthouse is and if they are doing it I'm sure the FCC is making them, they won't do anything good for consumer they don't have too.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2012 #505 of 556
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    Here's another data point from this month.

    My parents had an S2 put into service about 5 years ago, renewed annually. About 6 months ago, I swapped it with an HD. Now, I called up to cancel the renewal and replace the box with a spare lifetime HD. The rep was able to offer the $99 lifetime on the annual unit. I wasn't upgrading to a premiere; just cancelling, so that still seems to work. I imagine the duration of the account helped.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2012 #506 of 556
    unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Were both the S2 (single or dual tuner?) and the HD on their account, or were you transferrring the HD to their account when you said you wanted to cancel the S2?
     
  7. Sep 7, 2012 #507 of 556
    Hamstring

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    service for my TIVOHD. They gave me $6.95/mo no Lifetime 99. I've been around for 8 years. Just an FYI. The chat guy wouldn't give me any deal, had to call.
     
  8. Sep 7, 2012 #508 of 556
    unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Is that your only TiVo?

    How long have you had it and what did you have before and what were you paying on which the whole time?
     
  9. Sep 8, 2012 #509 of 556
    mstenzel

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    I'm currently on the $6.95 retention plan for my TiVo HD, but I just confirmed that the $99 is available to me. I am working on repairing the hardware on that box (thx, unitron), so I'm going to wait to make sure all is well before I drop the hundy.

    I suspect that the timing of transfers and account changes can affect outcomes, so here's my question:

    If I were able to buy a used TiVo HD and transfer my current service to it, would I be able to hang up, call back the cancel/retention dept., and get the $99 PLS for my "new" box? In other words, can I transmit my status laterally to a different box that acquired the $6.95 rate, then still capitalize on the offer?

    The reason I'm considering this route is that if I can transfer my status, the I won't bother cannibalizing parts from the purchased used box.

    I know I can ultimately get these answers from TiVo CSRs, but if there's any finesse involved in my plans, I'd rather be careful in my timing.;)
     
  10. Sep 8, 2012 #510 of 556
    nycityuser

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    You should be able to just go to your account online and change the TSN (TiVo service number) from your old broken box to the newly acquired box. Then you can call in and ask for the $99 PLS. Your account will still show the same duration of service as you currently have so this should work OK.

    I have also found that if the first person you talk to doesn't do what you want then you thank them, hang up and call back another time to talk to someone else. Different folks give different answers.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2012 #511 of 556
    mstenzel

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    That's my hope, but I worry that the offer is tied to the specific box and not the service history.
    Assuming it would work, Do you have any idea if that would also work if a Premiere was my new box?
     
  12. Sep 8, 2012 #512 of 556
    steve614

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    AFAIK, the Premiere is not available for a TSN swap online. You'll have to stick with a TivoHD if you do it that way.
    If you were to buy a Premiere from TiVo @ full price, they might be willing to transfer your $6.95 plan over to it. You just have to call and ask.

    Otherwise, you might as well try to get your TivoHD running. If you buy another one, there's no telling how "used" it is, and you might find yourself having to repair that one sooner rather than later.
     
  13. Sep 8, 2012 #513 of 556
    mstenzel

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    You are correct on the Premier. Spoke with CSR today and was told that one cannot move up into a different generation of unit.

    Re: the TSN swap and the PLS offer. I must do the swap before I go Lifetime. So I'm stuck with two choices:
    1. fix the power supply on my own box, then take the PLS offer, or
    2. test out the used TiVo HD that I will buy, deem it fine, transer the TSN, then take the PLS offer.
    If either unit fully dies after that, then I'm stuck as there are no transfers post-PLS. Obviously easier for me to not have to cannibalize the power supply from the "new" unit and just use it. But as you said, I can't really know how used something is. I did have a TCF member PM me with an sale offer, so I suppose that lends a bit of credibility to a seller. Decisions, decisions. :confused:
     
  14. Sep 9, 2012 #514 of 556
    unitron

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    What did they offer to sell, and how much were they asking?
     
  15. Sep 9, 2012 #515 of 556
    mstenzel

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    Unused TiVo HD for $50.
     
  16. Sep 9, 2012 #516 of 556
    nycityuser

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    Wow, that sounds pretty enticing. $50 for an unused machine and $99 for PLS. That's $149 for unlimited years of TiVo service.

    As an aside, I have a TiVo Premiere at a 2nd home but use TiVo HDs at my main place. I don't find any advantage for myself with the Premiere. Perhaps if I had more than one Premiere I would find the streaming of multi-room transfers to be useful, particularly as some networks get copyright protected. Yes, some services are only available with a Premiere. But most of what I use TiVo for (recording shows and some VOD content) can be done with an HD.
     
  17. Sep 9, 2012 #517 of 556
    unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    That's a fair price, although a local one that you can see works and not have to pay shipping on at that price would be better.

    The post office is under orders to push the most expensive shipping options, so you, or whoever's doing the shipping, needs to specifically ask to find out the lowest rates.


    You're the guy who accidentally fried his power supply, right?

    See if the seller is eligible to get lifetime for $99 on that box before they sell it.

    They (TiVo) aren't going to offer it to you once it's changed hands.

    If you get it, you can move the power supply and the not yet set up hard drive to your unit and make sure your motherboard works okay, and then look into getting the power supply fixed.
     
  18. mstenzel

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    I am the power supply frier. The TCFer who offered it to me actually was relatively local and we pulled off the deal today. Nice fella. I pulled his power supply and put it in mine. Everything seems good. So I guess that means that my power issue did not affect my motherboard, right? That's a go/no go issue, I assume.

    That being said, I still have a choice. Tivo will let me transfer TSN to the new box, then get the $99 PLS. Or I can just get the $99 on my current box. The owner of the box I just bought told me it was just sitting around as a spare that he kept if he ever needed parts. He didn't need any parts, so it's all original stock. So, perhaps it's been used less than mine and has more life in it, if that makes sense. (I guess I should ask him if he bought it used, in which case, who knows how much it was used.) That being said, is a mobo that has been used more than another more likely to go bad?

    That's an interesting idea re: him getting PLS. I doubt he would be eligible for that since he doesn't have a Premiere. Plus, it wasn't under contract -- I'll ask though.

    Now that the power supply is fixed, I'm back to my original problem of having MFScopied shows appear in the NPL, but not be able to play. I don't think I'll go the MFSLive route. I did wonder if I could pull those shows to my computer and then push them back, pyTivo-style. Perhaps the damage would affect playback at original location, but would allow transfers. Prolly not, but worth a shot, no?

    Thanks again for your help.
     
  19. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    There may be something long and complicated you can try to rescue those recordings.

    What you need to do is go to the help forum and start a new thread laying out your story so far, so that it's all in one place, and we can go from there.
     
  20. Scottie99

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    So I called to cancel my TiVo HD service as I have a Premiere.

    I was given the option of $99 lifetime on the HD instead of canceling - as I have only one TV in the house I saw no need but the customer service rep offered to put the HD on hold and keep the $99 until the end of the month.

    Would people say its worth grabbing this offer just to be able to sell the HD TiVo? Does service transfer?
     

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