Do you buy the extended warranty?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by DawnW, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Mar 2, 2015 #141 of 152

    chiguy50 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA


    Is this the model you bought: CP1500AVRLCD? If so, you have the LCD readout on the unit, so if it's easily accessible you can get operational information right off of the display. Otherwise, or for more detailed info, just go to this webpage, download the SW onto your Windows OS laptop or PC and follow the simple menu-driven system; you will also find a detailed program description on this same webpage. If you are a Mac or Linux user, there are different SW programs; you will find the links at the bottom of the UPS product page (see my first link above).

    Here's an image of the "current status" screen:

  2. Mar 2, 2015 #142 of 152

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

    Jan 20, 2004
    Under a...
    Yes, Chiguy, that's the one! :) We haven't set it up yet but I'm hoping that process won't be too difficult(?) And thank you for the software link!
  3. Mar 2, 2015 #143 of 152

    bsbd New Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    Better double check that... I just used a discount code from spherular this morning on the TiVo website to purchase a Roamio Pro + lifetime + warranty, and there were no discounts for either of the two extended warranty options... 2-years was still $29.99 and 3-years was still $39.99.
  4. Mar 2, 2015 #144 of 152

    Jed1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Frackville, PA.
    My opinion is if you buy lifetime service with a new unit then I suggest you take the extended three year warranty. I did this on both my Premiere 4s and I just had one develop an issue. This unit will be two years old in the end of June.
    I am going through the exchange this week. I will get a replacement Premiere 4 at no charge. My lifetime service is being moved to the replacement box.
    For $40 this is a good deal. I see people buying a $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets and not get one winner.
    When I get the replacement I will put a three year warranty on this unit after the 30 days are up.
  5. Mar 3, 2015 #145 of 152

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles


    Buying an extended warranty is exactly like playing the lottery. Every once in a while it pays off and you get the gambler's rush from winning; but in the long run the house always wins.
  6. Mar 3, 2015 #146 of 152

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

    Jan 20, 2004
    Under a...
    I disagree. Especially with your use of the word "always".
  7. Mar 3, 2015 #147 of 152

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    "Wins" needs to be taken in the context it was provided- in the long run. That means both over time, and across many participants. Any win by the user is just a singular data point, and the cost of doing business to the operator.

    The real question is, just like in vegas, what is the profit margin for the offer, and what is the likelihood of capitalizing on the offer. For these, the profit margin for the house is huge, much bigger than for a normal insurance policy, while the likelihood of using such offer is very small. Considering the amount at risk, which is actually minimal compared to other insurance policies (medical, home, car), self-insurance is the best financial advice.

    Not to say these are not useful to those who don't want the risk of having to either fix, repair, or repurchase, or who measure the cost for it to be unusually high.

    Anyhow, to each their own. The odds are clearly in the house's favor, there would be no offers otherwise, but as a user if someone wants to subsidize my service, then I'm better off.
  8. Mar 3, 2015 #148 of 152

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    In the long run the house always wins. If they stop winning, they change the rules. Remember card counting? Once people started using it effectively, it was declared to be cheating. In the long run the house always wins. If it doesn't, it's not "the house" any more, it's that place we used to go before it went broke. The choice you get is whether or not to play the game.
  9. Mar 3, 2015 #149 of 152

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    The house always wins, as a whole. But an individual's specific circumstances may change the odds for that individual, such as where with problematic wiring or other electrical complications.
  10. Mar 3, 2015 #150 of 152

    raqball New Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    I'll probably get the extended warranty. I purchased another Roamio with lifetime last week that's currently on it's way to me and I have the option under my account to add it.

    How long after purchase do I have to decide / add it? I'm figuring even if I never use the warranty it's worth $40 for piece of mind alone..
  11. Mar 6, 2015 #151 of 152

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    WOW!! I just made out with an extended warranty I had from BestBuy. In 2012 I bought a couple of 16" USB powered monitors and the four year extended warranties. I just had an issue with one of the USB ports. So they ordered me a new one. I got a three year extended warranty since they don't offer four years any more. And I still got back $26. So I'll get a new one with a three year warranty and money back. Which was a great deal. I only wish BestBuy still sold the USB powered 22" monitor. I would have put the money toward that one instead.
  12. Mar 7, 2015 #152 of 152

    gespears Member

    Aug 10, 2007
    You are correct. I double checked and it was 30 bucks for tax and 40 bucks for the warranty. I actually make out okay though. I sold my two premieres on eBay for 340 and 350. Only was out a couple hundred after everything. I can't complain about that.

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