'Baby' TiVo

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by warrenrb, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    It's not exactly news, though. Eventually VM want to move all their customers onto TiVo, so if you wait long enough you'll probably get it for free.
     
  2. mikerr

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    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Coming 16th May, our 500GB Tivo box. Exclusively for existing customers
    
    Tivo 500GB box
    Storage for around 250 hours of standard TV
    £49.95 for box activation
    £3 additional monthly fee on TV XL
    £40 installation fee applies
    
    Prices correct as at 11/04/2011
     
  4. VirginMediaPhil

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  5. kmusgrave

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    So if the new box is coming out £100 cheaper and the only difference is the hard disk size, that just goes to show how much VM are ripping off those who paid £150!:mad::mad:
     
  6. passingbat

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    Basic Sky HD box free to new cusstomers, 1TB one £250. They all use a similar pricing structure, i.e., you're paying the extra for more functionality (biger storage space), not the hardware.

    Not sying it's right, but that's how they all seem to do it.
     
  7. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Our "deal" as ex TiVo S1 owners was "priority of early install", not particularly price
    -though £149 and no £40 install still matches the best price given to the current pre-launch installs.

    We've had them installed for a few months now, others are still waiting remember.
     
  8. TCM2007

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    I hope they'll let people who upgraded to XL to get a TiVo downgrade again.
     
  9. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Or how much they're under-pricing the new one to get it into more homes :)
     
  10. Ernie_C

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    It has already been stated by Virgin Media that you will be allowed to do this. The TiVo charge will go up to £8 per month if you are not on TV XL and hopefully this will not be allowed until the 12 month minimum period is served.
     
  11. TCM2007

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    The quoted statement form Virgin did not say you could downgrade before the 12 months are up, nor is it clear whether the £8 will apply to "Baby TiVo" users.
     
  12. TCM2007

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    As you don't own the box, in my book ANY charge is over priced!
     
  13. kmusgrave

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    Do you really think they won't be making a profit on them? :rolleyes: They are ripping people off charging £150 plus a monthly rental fee. They've proved that by their pricing on the new boxes.
     
  14. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Never said they wouldn't, but maybe their profits come on the longevity of each sub.

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    Well the box will have cost them money. They should just give them away? :rolleyes: The monthly fee is seperate and is for the software.
     
  15. TCM2007

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    Er, yes. If it's a rental model you shouldn't have to pay or. Box you don't then own. It's just a Ryan Air style attempt to make th headline fee £10 a month or so less than it actually is.

    Yes, of course it is Carl. You keep on beleiving that.
     
  16. unitron

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  17. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Well it certainly was with the original S1 :rolleyes:
     
  18. TCM2007

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    On the S1 it was for the service, not the software. With Virgin, it's just an extra cost they can add on to their labyrinthine bills. Like making you pay up front for something you then have to rent as well.
     
  19. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Series 1: £499 upfront + £10 pm
    VTivo: £149 upfront + £3pm

    Not that much basic difference, really. Oh, and I'll never have to pay for a repair should it ever go faulty. Bonus!
     
  20. Bob49

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    I seem to recall paying a bit less than £499 - but took out a lifetime subscription at £200 which made up the difference. Have also spent approx £200 on hard disc replacements and upgrades + network card etc. Can't quite see why "ownership" is such a big issue.
     

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