Can I transfer "lifetime" to new Tivo HD?

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  1. Dec 9, 2008 #1 of 16
    weetoots

    weetoots New Member

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    I see a good buy on refurbed Tivo HD. Can I transfer my "lifetime service" from my S2 to this newer Tivo or will I have to pay for monthly use?

    TIA
     
  2. Dec 9, 2008 #2 of 16
    RonDawg

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    Neither...
    You can only transfer Lifetime to a different box under the following circumstances:

    1. Warranty replacement

    2. A one time transfer for subscriptions bought before January 21, 2000

    3. A special transfer offer from TiVo, of which there are none at this time
     
  3. Dec 9, 2008 #3 of 16
    weetoots

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    Ok, thanks.
     
  4. Dec 9, 2008 #4 of 16
    David_NC

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    If you are looking at the refurbished units on Tivo's website, you cannot get a multi-service discount (MSD) with those units. Its often less expensive to buy a new unit at a retail store and get the discounted service.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2008 #5 of 16
    DrewTivo

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    I suppose you could "transfer" for a $299 fee . . .

    If you're going to do this and have an S2, the best approach is to buy the Tivo HD, get the $299 lifetime service offer for a second/MSD unit. Then cancel the S2 subscription (assuming you're going to have only one tivo) sometime down the road.
     
  6. Dec 9, 2008 #6 of 16
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    First: You can't cancel a lifetime subscription.
    Second: Buying a lifetime at the MSD rate that you qualify for in no way resembles transferring a subscription.

    The OP can by a Tivo and Lifetime at the $299 MSD rate and then sell the S2 with it's lifetime sub in order to recoup some of the cost.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2008 #7 of 16
    DrewTivo

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    True, hence the quote marks around "transfer". I don't see how economically paying $299 for a new lifetime sub and transfering a lifetime sub is different, except that it's better because you keep the old sub as well.
     
  8. Dec 9, 2008 #8 of 16
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    The question was "can I transfer my lifetime service"
    If you want to believe that saying "I suppose you could "transfer" for $299" makes any sense, when the answer would more ideally be "No, you'll have to buy it for $299," I can't argue with it.

    Economically the two are very different because one cost $299 and the other option is doesn't exist.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2008 #9 of 16
    mattack

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    but he can sell his series 2 with lifetime for a decent amount to recoup some of what he paid for the new lifetime. Still not a transfer... but useful.
     
  10. bicker

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    A bit OT, and perhaps a bit obvious, but I want to confirm, to be sure. If I have a TiVo S3 in the middle of a three year contract, can I get the $299 price for lifetime service on a new TiVo HD?
     
  11. pdonoghu

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    Yes. You qualify for the lifetime MSD rate as long as you have at least 1 active Tivo subscription.
     
  12. classicsat

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    Yes.
     
  13. weetoots

    weetoots New Member

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    Actually, I want to retire my S2 before it dies, keeping it as a backup. I would think that in this down economy, Tivo would be open to selling another unit to a satisfied costomer and allowing the "lifetime" to tag along. Or at least reducing the "lifetime" on the new unit to a reasonable rate, maybe $100. ;)
     
  14. DrewTivo

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    Yes, which is what I was trying to be, rather than pedantic or hypertechnical.
     
  15. nigebj

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    Very wishful thinking on your part I'm afraid. Tivo know many people are going to move to TivoHD/Series3 or another technology around the Feb in the confusion caused by HD ... yet this year they have made no attempt to keep those confused soles by offering S2 migrations deals. When they did, it was 199 and you got a 'free' year of use on the old device.

    BTW - my experience of leaving hard disks offline as 'backup' is not good - don't count on it working if it sits idle for a long while. Make sure you have a backup image so you can swap the drive should you need to bring it back into service.
     
  16. lew

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    There was a recent thread that indicated tivo has some kind of "deal" for those few customers that were using an antena as of a certain date.
     

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