Bolt "Introductory" Price Ends May 2nd

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  1. Apr 8, 2016 #1 of 92
    fcfc2

    fcfc2 Well-Known Member

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    Got any interesting email ad from Tivo and reading between the lines, it sounds like there will be a new higher price for the Bolts after May 2nd.
    Anyone seriously considering buying one, might want to jump on the Amazon sale going on right now. $232 for the 500GB and $309 for the 1TB model.
     
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    beyondthetech

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    Any chance you could copy and paste that? I thought it was pricey enough. Maybe it's TiVo's acquiring company that thinks a higher price adjustment is going to boost sales (?).


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    ji0005

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    If you go to Tivo.com it says "Launch pricing ends soon! Get 1 year of service included. " So I wonder if they are just removing the 1 free year?
     
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    tarheelblue32

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    That's what it sounds like to me.
     
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    Dan203

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    Probably just a way to get rid of the bundled service. They'll likely reduce the price of the box and go back to having service be separate. They're probably losing a lot of Bolt sales because the price of the box plus lifetime is too high. The new $600 lifetime price wouldn't be quite as bad if the box itself was only $100-$150. But with the way it is now people feel like they're paying for an extra year of service for no reason.
     
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    jfalkingham

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    Just bought the 1tb unit for $263 from amazon warehouse deals. Will use as a primary and keep my roamio pro going to take the overload recording. I think we'll miss the 6 tuners of the roamio.
     
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    pfiagra

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    That was what I took it as. If true, the next question I have is "what if I bought/buy a box beforehand but don't activate it?" Will it still have a free year with it?
     
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    SomeRandomIdiot

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    Yes, most likely a way to reduce their liability with longer subscriptions, given this was suddenly yanked as well, especially if they pull All In.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10851073#post10851073
     
  9. Apr 9, 2016 #9 of 92
    MyM3

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    Just called TiVo (844-254-8486) and was offered a 500 gb Bolt for $199 (1 tb $275) after I asked if they would match the Amazon deal for $232.40 & FREE Shipping link.

    I currently have a basic Roamio (500 gb - ? - mine is stock). I am paying monthly for Service ($14.99) so the free year of service is appealing. I may get the stock 500 gb Bolt and upgrade the hdd in the future to 1 tb.
     
  10. Dan203

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    I don't think they'll pull All in. They've tried that in the past and it always fails. As much as they hate it, Lifetime/All in is something that drives sales. Especially amoung long time TiVo loyalists, who are pretty much all they have left. Most of us don't like buying hardware that requires a monthly fee to function, and they've probably gleened that from the lackluster Bolt sales over the last six months.
     
  11. TonyD79

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    I'm assuming they are just going to pull back the one year like they sell the roamio on their website. $100 more if you want the first year paid.
     
  12. waynomo

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    I was wondering about this also.
     
  13. TonyD79

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    There would have to be a deadline mentioned in the sales agreement since you currently buy a bolt with one year service. They can't retroactively change a purchase but they could require you activate within a certain period. But it would have to be in writing.

    Looking at the Amazon noted for the bolt, no deadline is mentioned. It just says the first service in the box would be one year included or you have the option to piss away that money by buying all in (my wording, obviously) without a discount.
     
  14. SomeRandomIdiot

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    FWIW, when DirecTV went from an owned to lease structure in 2006, units had to be activated by a certain date to be owned receivers - otherwise they were leased units when activated. No exceptions.
     
  15. SomeRandomIdiot

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    But as you have stated, All In is not a great investment with the Bolt.
     
  16. Series3Sub

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    Could this also be leading up to the release of the awaited TiVo Bolt Ira mentioned? Perhaps the "PowerUser" Bolt is coming then.
     
  17. SomeRandomIdiot

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    Explain how raising the price would help another unit's launch?

    Prices should fall with time.
     
  18. Dan203

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    Who says they're raising the price? I'm betting the price drops by $150 after the drop the included service.
     
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    I don't think it'll drop that much. The difference between the Roamio Pro with 1yr of service and without is only $100, so they might drop the price $100, which would be not far from what Amazon is selling them for now.
     
  20. Dan203

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    But if they drop the MSRP by $100 then Amazon will be able to sell them for even less.
     

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