box + 1 year service, ST $83.40 or DT $155.40, no rebate

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  1. Aug 3, 2006 #101 of 172
    b3ar

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    Ordered my DT on Tuesday and it arrived today (upgraded the shipping, but that was largely wasted since the warehouse it came from is in-state). This seems to be a pretty hot deal. I understand those who already have Tivos hesitating, but for those without, it is a heck of a deal.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2006 #102 of 172
    ZeoTiVo

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    just add them to your account - and mark the calendar for 1 year from now. After the first year is up you will need to call TiVo and commit to another year to get the MSD rate. If you do not call the unit continues at whatever the 1 year bundle deal rate is, currently 19.95.


    I have 4 TiVos already but like this deal as I basically get the DT hardware for 72$ with out a Mail in rebate involved and only 155.40 charge on my credit card in total.

    I almost went instead for the DT 180 plus a wireless adapter for 299$ from TiVo Inc.'s website but since I knew I would get a 500gig hard drive for the DT anyway I decided against that. Spent 330$ for 330 hours (roughly, most everything on high) by going with the MOPS deal and a hard drive this way.


    Plus I will retire a 540 140 hour TiVo and most likely give it to my Sister in law as a present with some time paid on it. They are on the fence about TiVo
     
  3. Aug 3, 2006 #103 of 172
    jlb

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    Man, I am seriously considering getting the 80 hour ST for my Dad. He always says he doesn't want to bother with a TiVo, but I know he would like it if he had one. They're down in Florida and we won't likely be visiting until February. But I could get the box for $83, load it with stuff he likes for 6 months (and generate a good suggestions pattern), then bring it to him for his 70th birthday with 6 months still on it. I would probably just keep it on my account rather than create an account for him. Just easier that way and it would only be $6.95 a month after that.

    I am toying with getting myself a DT and then giving him one my other Series 2, but I don't want to front the $155 right now (though it would be even money for me in terms of the service on my primary machine) and I would be going from 2 to 3 tuners. But then I have the issue of if something happens to the box in transit and all......easier to have a new box for him, even if he doesn't get it for 6 months.

    So, instead of "Hey Dad, you should get a TiVo" and getting the response "Why do I really want to bother when we don't watch a lot of TV and I don't think I want to pay for service" (note that the don't watch comments is probably due to not being able to stay up for most of the programs they like)

    .....rather I could go with....

    "Hey Dad, here's a free TiVo for you with 6 months of service free (by the time I get it to him) and after that I continue to pay the service for you if you like it"......I don't see how he wouldn't enjoy giving it a go with this framework.....


    ?: I'm correct in assuming he could have the box at his house (with his Zip code/lineup) if the box is active under my account with my paying for it, right?
     
  4. Aug 3, 2006 #104 of 172
    lorick

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    Anyone else notice this on the email receipt???

    Order Terms :

    - Includes 1 year TiVo(r) service prepaid and 80-hour TiVo? Series2? DT
    DVR - Dual Tuner.

    - Money Back Guarantee applies only to initial activations if canceled
    within 30 days and DVR is returned for a full refund.

    - No refunds for cancellations, except as permitted under 30 day Money
    Back Guarantee.

    - After 1 year your TiVo Package will continue at the then-applicable
    monthly rate for a 1 year TiVo Package.

    - The parts portion only of your Limited Warranty for your TiVo DVR will
    be extended for the term of your commitment period.

    - Subject to full terms and conditions for TiVo Payment Plans.

    - Not Eligible for Multi-Service Discount.

    - Go to www.tivo.com/policies for complete terms and conditions.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2006 #105 of 172
    jlb

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    Yes. That is correct. This Box, in the first year, would not be eligible for MSD. But if you had another box, having this box at he pre-paid year of service would allow your other box to be MSD at $6.95.

    Plus, after the year, this box could be eligible for the $6.95.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2006 #106 of 172
    lorick

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    Thanks for clearing that up ;-)

     
  7. Aug 3, 2006 #107 of 172
    usnret

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    jib - getting one for your father is a REALLY nice thing to do!! Maybe a quick trip to fla. would be in order as soon as you received it.
     
  8. Aug 3, 2006 #108 of 172
    jlb

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    Does anyone live or have family that lives/has a place at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens?

    I know they have "their own" cable provider (which IIRC is just a packaged lineup from some provider).

    I want to find out if there is a lineup available yet (or if I would need to have a lineup set-up). I also want to try and find out what service my Dad has (without tipping him off). If he has service with a cable box, then it might be a no go as I don't want to do a DT for him and I doubt he would have patience if he had any channel changing issues with the IR blaster (it's been hard enough to try and keep him even interested in the possibility of having a TiVo.)

    This deal is too good to pass up from the gift perspective. I would hate to give a gift that someone then has to pay for service for (although giving someone 6-12 months free then on their own after isn't so bad). And getting a box for him at $83 without rebate may be very hard to pass up......even if the box sits in my house for 6 months recording stuff and getting the suggestions engine primed for him.....

    And I just remembered he has wireless Net down there so he wouldn't even have to worry about having a phone line nearby. Plus, if I do the initial set-up, then we would just have to get the dialing prefix changed for Net access for guide data.....
     
  9. Aug 3, 2006 #109 of 172
    Einselen

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    See I am confused how to just add it to the account. I understand I have to call in before the 1 yr is up and commit to another 1 yr, but then I will be able to continue on 6.95 a month, or if I want I could just cancel it all together (I don't know if I would be able to afford cable then let alone tivo for 6.95) anyway back to my question...

    The tivo comes preactivated, so how does one add a preactivated tivo to the account? When I click to buy it ask me to put in my information, if that matches the account will it be added automatically, would I have to call up tivo and ask them to tie it in under my account?
     
  10. Aug 3, 2006 #110 of 172
    Einselen

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    Are you asking if Tivo has the guide data available for them (as in regards to the linup available yet). If so I just check it on Tivo with the online scheduling. I had to check to see if they had that available for the dorms at school and they did.

    As far as the cable box goes can't help you there. Check the BallenIsles website?
     
  11. Aug 3, 2006 #111 of 172
    Chapper1

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    My HD in my game room seems to be dying and I founf this thread and am considering pulling the trigger on this!!

    Maybe this has been mentioned above and I missed it, but I the price for the 80 hr ST ($83.40) is the exact same amount that one would pay for a box that qualifies for the MSD. At $6.95 a month times 12 months, it also equals $83.40

    In a case like mine, someone who is replacing a dying MSD box, this deal basically works out to equal. I am just paying my MSD for the second box a year upfront and getting a brand new 80 hr box to replace a dying 40 hr box!!
     
  12. Aug 3, 2006 #112 of 172
    c3

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    In order to qualify for MSD after the first year, it has to be in the same household as a full-price unit. Don't knnow if TiVo enforces that rule or not.
     
  13. Aug 3, 2006 #113 of 172
    etemple

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    I'm not sure of the mechanics of it all, but when I bought mine, it was automatically added to my account. You're prepaying the year upfront, so it will be on your account for the year without actually charging you anything. Everything is done for you, so when the tivo arrives, you just plug it in and set it up. It's much easier than all of this makes it sound.

    And then in the last month, you'll want to call them again to convert over or cancel to avoid the $20 charge for the first non-prepaid month.
     
  14. Aug 3, 2006 #114 of 172
    etemple

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    Exactly--it's a great deal!
    :p
     
  15. Aug 3, 2006 #115 of 172
    etemple

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    I think your plan to get a MOPS tivo and then pick up another one from best buy or wherever is probably the best way to go.
     
  16. Aug 3, 2006 #116 of 172
    jlb

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    Not that I would want to do anything that is "wrong", but how would TiVo relaly know? If I am paying for it the only way they would know is they could track what phone number or area code the machine is dialing in from (which I am sure they can), and that someone is running a report that compares call location to household/account location (which I doubt)?

    And what constitutes a "household"? Is it actual family/account, or house? If I own a second home, wouldn't that be part of my household? I doubt that situation would require a second account..........

    I'm going to go to TiVo's website and look at the MSD info.

    If TiVoOps or TiVoJerry can chime in with any info, it would be appreciated. I don't want to go ahead with this possible gift for my Dad if it is against policy.......
     
  17. Aug 3, 2006 #117 of 172
    rainwater

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    Actually, I believe they do check these situations once an a while. Its definately not very often and may only be when some type of red flag is triggered. But they do check this out.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2006 #118 of 172
    jlb

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    I think I found my own answer:

    from TiVo's web-site:

    So, it looks like if I do this for my Dad, I'll activate it under my account until I bring it to him, and then create a new account for him and transfer....no wait...can't do that as that would be like terminating my account (before the year is up).......

    Ok, now I really need TiVoOps or TiVoJerry to chime in.......

    How do I buy it as a gift for my Dad, keep it a secret from him, and be able to get it set-up with some pre-loaded programs and SPs, without violating either the "same service address" policy to be eligible for MSD and while also not falling into a situation where I was "terminating" my account early?

    Is there an "exception" to the early term for a situation such as this, where one is gifting a box, but where same said person wants to set it up ahead of time for the less than technical folk.........
     
  19. Aug 3, 2006 #119 of 172
    c3

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    You can keep it in your account for the 1st year. Cancel it after the 1st year, and sign up again under your dad's name.
     
  20. Aug 3, 2006 #120 of 172
    c3

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    No. Registration of non-lifetime subscriptions cannot be transferred to another person.
     

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