$99 lifetime offer

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

  1. ~kyle

    ~kyle Member

    May 14, 2009


    Definitely, I would.

    and the lifetime service would transfer to the new owner (it stays with the box).
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    The lifetime sub is attached to the machine, not the current owner, so whoever owns it has a lifetimed unit.

    The resale value without a sub is about $50.

    Someone buying it from you would have to pay another $500 for lifetime if that's their only TiVo.
  3. NJChris

    NJChris Kermie Loves Elmo TCF Club

    May 11, 2001
    So I called to cancel all 3 of my tivos (i only use 1 now) and get an premiere 4.

    They offered me the 99 on my Tivo HD and said if i get the XL4 I could keep my 6.95 monthly fee on a second tivo. I'd have to pay full price for xl4 (499). I wasnt sure so they gave me 2 free months on my current tivos to give me time to decide. (the they couldnt guarantee the offer for that long)

    My sister would buy my Tivo HD for $150 so that would knock $50 off th xl4 purchase plus the 2 month free on my boxes would save me another 50-60 $... so it would bring it down to 390-400. I'd make up the money in the apparent saving eventually....

    Still not sure what to do.
  4. Scottie99

    Scottie99 New Member

    Sep 24, 2008
    Well called in to confirm the sale and off to ebay with a lifetime sub HD Tivo.

  5. nycityuser

    nycityuser Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    New York, NY


    What should I do? I currently have 4 TiVo machines:

    1) Premiere on a $129/year annual plan - the "primary" TiVo
    2) HD - $6.95/month
    3) HD - $6.95/month
    4) Series 2 - Lifetime (paid $99 after "canceling")

    I like having the grandfathered $6.95/month because in the past I've been able to swap machines and keep the price. This became verboten when the Premiere came out but it seems like they are getting more lax on that policy.

    So I could call to "cancel" one of the HDs and hope for a $99 lifetime offer, even though I already received that on the Series 2 last year. Is there a good reason not to do so? I don't plan on changing my hardware anytime soon.
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    We all know this is going on, but there's no reason to publicly state so.
    TiVo might yank this offer if this behavior becomes rampant.

    </Debbie Downer>

    Can't hurt. Worst they can say is "no".
  7. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

    Nov 11, 2002
  8. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Well, color me surprised.

    I would have thought that TiVo might dislike individuals making a profit in this manner.

    Maybe they don't mind, as the "new" lifetime sub gets counted in the subscriber stats for another couple of years?
  9. dukenilnil

    dukenilnil New Member

    May 14, 2009
    They have told me the same thing several times as well. "Don't cancel box X, just add lifetime a $99 and either give to family member or sell for a profif."
    I've never taken them up on the offer though (too much headache).

    I'm guessing either the Reps are graded on subscriptions added/lost or Tivo wants to keep "subscriber" numbers high for shareholder and advertising purposes
  10. Laird

    Laird New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Okay, how about this situation:
    - We have 3 units, all with lifetime
    - Series 1 w/upgraded HD
    - Series 2 stock
    - Series 2 w/DVD

    Our cable company is going digital next month, so we would need to go through the hassle of using terminal adapters for them all. Yuck! Would really like to get the Premiere 4 XL for the tuners and HD recording, but hate to pay the 350 for the box plus 399 for lifetime on it. Any suggestions on how to do this for less cash?
  11. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I am once thinking trying to figure out if there is some way to get a TiVoHD to qualify for the $99 lifetime offer. I don't think I qualify and don't think I should qualify but my current situation is I have two TiVoHDs with lifetime and three unsubscribed mostly for parts and one is sometimes used as a dual OTA tuner. I called a couple of years ago and asked and was denied. If I can come up with a coherent argument in favor of TiVo giving me the offer, I am going to call and ask again. I hate to waste customer service time with nonsense requests and won't do it if I can't convince myself it makes sense to ask again.

    All three used TiVoHDs were purchased used, subscription history unknown, I have never paid a penny of monthly service on any TiVo and I can't imagine I ever will. I would however buy my fourth lifetime subscription if I can get it for $99. Even though I don't think I should qualify, I would take it if offered, hardly a compelling argument to convince TiVo, but that is just the situation. My only thought is maybe TiVo wants boxes in service, rather than closets.
  12. Shanezam203

    Shanezam203 Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    I started this thread a few years ago, and still have that Lifetime Box but it's an old series 2 and has gone defective. what options do I have to get it replaced but keep the lifetime?

    Ebay/ Tivo direct sales?

    Thank you,

  13. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC

    I'm pretty sure they're only going to do it for units that are in service, i.e., subscribed, on your account, at the time and that have been for a while.

    This started out with people who had HDs who took out a 3 year pre-paid when lifetime wasn't being offered.

    When the 3 years was up and they called to cancel, they got the offer.

    Then it spread to people buying Premieres and wanting to cancel service on their S3s and S3 HDs that they'd had subbed for several years.

    I'm pretty sure they aren't interested in doing it in situations where it would take the place of someone buying an S4 or S5.
  14. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Attempting to fix it is your best bet.

    These boxes are fairly cheap these days with lifetime, so a "new" box could be in order as the next cheapest option.

    Most likely its the PS (I'm surprised Unitron did not address this above, he has some expertise on this), but the HD is a close second. If its the MB, dump it for another box.
  15. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I think you are probably right, I won't waste their time with another call and just live with two and hope I can keep both running.
  16. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    If you are in Denver, you can come over and get a Series 2 Tivo to use for parts for free. I won't ship it though. It is usually a hard drive or power supply and very easy to fix with just changing the part out.

    I think I would call to TiVo and ask them how much to fix it. Which they will say that they don't fix them, so then you ask what kind of special deal can they give you on a new TiVo with lifetime with some kind of credit for your broken box. I feel that all they can say is 'no'. And they might say 'yes'. You never know what TiVo is going to say. It is like each agent has a 'spin the bottle' technique to decide many things.
  17. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    You could try adding one of the used unsubscribed Tivos as a monthly subscription to your account and then cancel before the 30 days are up so that it is on your account when you ask for the $99 subscription.
  18. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    I'm not entitled to a discount on lifetime on a new box either. I have 2 single tuner S2s, one that I got for free with free lifetime in 2002 for some contest TiVo was running at the time. The other one I have been paying a grandfathered monthly $6.95 since 2006 (!!!) (there was no lifetime when I bought it). I was given the $6.95 rate because of some conflict between CSRs as to how much it should be.

    I'd really love to upgrade to HD since I bought an HDTV last year but for the price of lifetime now, unfortunately, it is a little cost prohibitive right now.
  19. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Get another TiVo of the same model (hard drive size can be different) and somebody who knows how to unsolder and solder Surface Mount Devices and have them move the Atmel brand chip from the lifetimed machine to the new motherboard.

    The TiVo Service Number is burned into that crypto chip, and the lifetime sub is tied to that number in TiVo's database.

    TiVo's servers will think the new board is the old board.

    (Suggest you put new motherboard in old chassis so that the TSN matches the one on the sticker on the back where the power cord plugs in)

    This method should work on all stand alone Series1 and Series 2 TiVos and the original Series 3.

    After that, beginning with the HD, the crypto chip function is incorporated into the custom CPU and it uses a connection method called Ball Grid Array, which is much more complicated to unsolder and resolder and not for those of us playing along at home.
  20. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    I think that if you put the lifetime box on your account by calling TiVo then you will get the discount. I don't think it matters if you or someone else paid for the lifetime originally, or if you got it for free. It does make a difference if it is a 'evaluation' type of lifetime though. Rumor is that if you try and put that on your account TiVo will take away the evaluation lifetime and make the TiVo a 'brick' only good for tuning and 30 minute temp' recording.

    You can get a HD TiVo with lifetime on ebay or craigslist for about $200 now.

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