Disappointing Tivo Cyber Monday Sale

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Resist, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Dec 2, 2019 #1 of 21

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003


    Tivo's Cyber Monday sale is so disappointing. It's $499.99 for two "renewed" boxes, the 500GB Bolt VOX and Mini VOX, with the all in service plan.

    While having that all in plan is great, they're used boxes. Maybe this works for someone else. I just prefer not to buy used electronics.
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  2. Dec 2, 2019 #2 of 21

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    For whatever it's worth, my experience with TiVo renewed has been what seemed to be a brand new TiVo box, and which hasn't given me any issue in 3 years, now. (My suspicion long has been that manufacturers sometimes will sell a product as a refurb. even when new, so as not to cannibalize the main selling channel.)

    If one can get beyond that aspect here, this package deal is a nice one, especially for someone wanting a cable TiVo box.
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  3. Dec 2, 2019 #3 of 21

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    It's a perfectly OK deal for someone who needs those things. I arguably have too many "refurb" like new boxes from past Thanksgiving weekend sales still paying for themselves so I don't need any more hardware.
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  4. Dec 2, 2019 #4 of 21

    powrcow Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    I would have jumped on this deal if not for TiVo+ and all the TiVo-inserted ads (guide, preroll). I have a Premiere/Stream/Mini and earlier this year I was thinking about upgrading to a unit that supports OTA. Not any more.
  5. Dec 2, 2019 #5 of 21

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 1999
    Buffalo, NY


    I think this is a great deal.

    I’ve done refurb from lots of places, never had issues.
  6. Dec 2, 2019 #6 of 21

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Nothing on the WiFi 5 and Amazon still is out of stock.
  7. Dec 2, 2019 #7 of 21

    dishrich Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    My 2 Roamio's were refurbs from Tivo & my Roamio Pro was used from ebay, all of them over 3 years ago & I haven't had problems with any of them. However, when I got the 2 Roamio's, I DID replace the 500gb drives with (new) 2TB ones...so technically, the important part of those units are brand new. ;)
    If I really needed new Tivo boxes, I would go for these, as it is a good deal.

    Quick question - can someone refresh my memory & tell us if these (black) units CAN be downgraded to TE3???
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
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  8. Dec 2, 2019 #8 of 21

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Yep--it's the specifically-denominated Bolt OTA that can't be sidegraded to TE3 (as well as the Edge platform).
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  9. Dec 2, 2019 #9 of 21

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    The short answer: sidegrading to TE3, which hasn't been "infected" with the TiVo ad bugs and TiVo+ (and which, when this was inquired about a few months back, was not slated (at least, as of then) to be).
  10. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    I like my Roamio OTA that I got on BF a few years ago for $200 with Lifetime. The regular Bolt would be a downgrade for me tuner wise, but I see no reason to get anything newer. All my streaming is on Roku anyway.
  11. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I guess that WeaKnees currently has a lock on it (along with TiVo itself)? But at least, one can purchase from WeaKnees via Amazon.com.

    Having said that, a half-price BF/CM intro. of the adapter would have been way cool and a nifty buzz generator. And would it really have cost TiVo that much, for the publicity and goodwill? And it might even have brought in some more Mini VOX sales.
  12. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006
  13. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Hey, it raises the re-sale value of my TE3 boxes. :p (Really, though: it saddens me. If only TE4 had not jettisoned the few remaining features that so many of us rely on. I would be there in a minute. (Well, wait, I forgot: there's the ads factor.))
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  14. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006
    I have TiVo to avoid the commercials! :rolleyes:

    So sad to add them back!

    And I like the transfer to PC to TiVo and again.
  15. wendyallad

    wendyallad New Member

    Oct 3, 2016
    Glad they had an all-in sale since I currently have all-in. But I was looking to possibly upgrade to more tuners. Btw I bought my bolt renewed in bf sale 3 years ago. The first delivery was a dud, but I haven’t had any problems since then.
  16. tommiet

    tommiet Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Hail Hydra!
  17. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    That's funny, because it sounded like a pretty good deal to me.. I just don't want another "only" 4 tuner device, and don't want to be forced into the new UI.

    (I've vaguely been interested in getting a Tivo Stream to use even though I have 2 Tivos.. I didn't actually buy a big TV like I keep saying I will, but will keep watching prices until xmas... it's not a price thing, more a laziness thing... but I want to still be able to use QuickMode & SkipMode on the "other" TV.. so I presume I would with a tivo stream, instead of e.g. using the Premiere 4, which can do skip mode but not quick mode..)
  18. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    I've put larger capacity drives in my Tivos anyway, which, I think, kind of mitigates the used factor, since the drive seems to be the cause of failure most of the time.
  19. drober30

    drober30 Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    I agree, I wish they would have offered a compelling deal to existing lifetime subscribers, it would have made customer base happy and put money in TiVo's pocket.
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  20. jcliff

    jcliff Member

    May 23, 2017
    I actually tried to call and ask if they were offering any other promotions for existing subscribers. No joy.

    I ended up getting the holiday deal anyway since I've been meaning to get a Mini, and the total bundle costs less than trying to add lifetime to my spare Bolt.
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