$99 lifetime offer

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

  1. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    How long has it been since you last called TiVo?

    I would do what shwru980r said except when you go to cancel before the 30 days, call TiVo. Don't do it from the website.

    See what they say.

    If they don't make the offer, mention that you would gladly take the $99 lifetime you heard TiVo was offering "everybody else" on the internet. :p

    Worst case you don't get the deal, but you might be able to get the info for the rest of us. You can then ask TiVo what would it have taken to get that deal.
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Apparently Shane's post came in as I was composing my reply to Chris, so I didn't see it until sometime later.

    And as you can see, when I did, I addressed his situation in a separate post, where I assumed he'd already eliminated the power supply and drive as sources of the problem.
  3. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    My lifetimed S2 is an evaluation lifetime. That was the problem with my second box. One CSR told me if I bought the second one, it would qualify for the MSD even though the first was an evaluation lifetime. I know now that's not true but back in 2006, I had no idea. I bought the second one and when I went to activate it, it wouldn't do MSD. I called and got very upset and they saw notes from the first CSR so they gave me the $6.95 monthly with explicit instructions that neither machine will ever be good for MSD.
  4. needgeech

    needgeech New Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    I just bought 2 HD's with 1TB hard drives for less than $20 each. Older couple and taken care of. THey had been paying monthly for 5 years up until giving them to me. If I add them to my account with an old S2 with lifetime do you think I would be able to call in to get the $99 lifetimes on the HD's???

    My situation: I also just bought a xl4 with 2.5 yr warranty and lifetime for $450. . .and I have a cancelled Etailz PM with Amazon to try and get for $465 Roamio pro after tax. The deal on the XL4 seemed too good to pass on--especially with the long warranty. That will give me a year to pounce on a real $399 Roamio Deal and sell the XL4 for say $350 plus. That also means that my eventual Roamio Pro will be new a year later. Am I wrong in not just going for the Roamio Pro? I plan to run 3 or 4 TVs. Will try and convert the 2 HD's to $99 lifetime--sell one and use one. Would give me xl4 + 2 more tuners=6. . . plus a mini for tv #3 and S2 or just straight cable for #4.

    Any advice would be great. Not huge Apple people so that's not a real consideration. And the extra $400+ more upfront for the Roamio Pro would be hassle before tax returns.

  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC

    You should have gotten the previous owners to try to get the $99 lifetime on them, they'd have had a much better chance.
  6. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    First time I called was about 2 years ago, and I tried a second time about 6 months later so a year a half ago was the last time I called. If I am going to try, I think you and shrwu980r are right, subscribe, wait almost a month and call is the best approach.
  7. reedog117

    reedog117 New Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    I was just able to get the $99 lifetime deal with a 39-month old Tivo Premiere (2-tuner) that I had been paying monthly for. So.. YMMV.. but I think that's a pretty decent deal.

    Does anyone know what the resale value would be on a 39-month old Tivo Premiere with an upgraded 2TB hard drive? I have been seeing wildly varying numbers between eBay and Washington DC Craigslist, but wanted to try to get a ballpark figure. I may just hold onto it since it's still more useful than a Mini (with the ability to use streambaby, etc) should I decide to get a Roamio later.
  8. ~kyle

    ~kyle Member

    May 14, 2009
    Care to explain how you did that? Did you purchase a new unit and call to cancel your subscription?
  9. reedog117

    reedog117 New Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Nope -- all I did was call customer care and ask whether there was any type of deal for upgrading from monthly to lifetime. I explained that I had been paying the monthly fee for over 3 years and thus have already spent more than $500 on monthly fees. The first rep said that he couldn't do anything so he transferred me to another department. I explained the situation to the second rep, and she put me on hold for a few minutes, then offered me the $99 lifetime deal.

    I only have one box by the way, the 2-tuner Premiere, and didn't purchase a new one.
  10. ~kyle

    ~kyle Member

    May 14, 2009
    Wow, you got a heck of a deal then! I don't believe I've ever heard of that happening before.

    I got $99 lifetime on my HD by calling to cancel the subscription after I bought my second Premiere.
  11. bacevedo

    bacevedo Member

    Oct 31, 2003
    Chandler, AZ
    I just got lifetime on my 3 year old premiere by calling up and asking if they could give me lifetime for $99 or I was thinking of canceling (which was true). I chose the option on the phone to "cancel" service, so I was probably directed to their retention department which has more authority to offer you deals to keep you.

    The woman was very pleasant and told me that she could offer me a deal depending on the age of the premiere. Since it was 3 years old she could give me the $99 deal. This is the only unit on the account and has done the annual service for the last 3 years. My service was set to renew to annual the next day, and I told her if I couldn't get a deal on a lifetime plan that I was just going to cancel the service.

    It appears that if you talk to the right person, $99 lifetime is doable depending on the age of the premiere unit.

  12. needgeech

    needgeech New Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    I did not want them to realize they were losing out on an extra $100+ per unit on ebay w/LT!
    When I checked the TSN's the monthly shows as $9.99. . .was that the norm on the HD's? In any case, seems they would rather have the extra $99 each rather than $0 as they are not being used. When I call I will have an S2 LT, and XL4 LT, a 3rd HD on monthly, and a Roamio Pro to add lifetime service to "during the call" or otherwise to help my odds. . .

    Any other suggestions? TIA

  13. Brighton Line

    Brighton Line Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I just called today to cancel service on my Series 4 TCD746320 (Dual Tuner 45 hr HD) which was rolling over to $14.99 no commitment.
    The Tivo is 2 years old come 2/1 and I was offered $199 lifetime on it instead of cancelling.

    I previously got $99 lifetime on a 3 year old Series 4XL TCD748000 (Dual Tuner 150 hr HD) when I added a Roamio Pro.

  14. ort

    ort Member

    Jan 5, 2004
    Do they only do this at the moment of cancellation, or can you call them a little later and have them reactivate a box with $99 lifetime?
  15. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area

    In the past, I got a used TiVo series 3 off Craigslist. It was previously subscribed to and I tried to get the $99 lifetime offer on it, but they wouldn't do it and said they couldn't since it wasn't currently active.

    For another previous Series 3, I subscribed to it on a regular month-to-month. However, just before the free 30 days were up, I called to cancel and they offered the $99 lifetime (less the previous $10 I had paid to get it initially going).

    I guess this is probably the best way to do it; first activate it monthly, but then call a few weeks later and say you changed your mind. They will then maybe offer you the $99 lifetime or you can also probably say you will keep it if you can get this rate.
  16. Tivogre

    Tivogre Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2002
    Springfield, VA
    My experience has been that it is a right then or never proposition.


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