Elite + Lifetime = 1000 really?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by nexus99, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. nexus99

    nexus99 New Member

    Oct 17, 2002


    I though this was more in the 800 dollar range. Was I just mistaken?
  2. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Many people have been picking up the Elite for $499 with a 10-12% off coupon at Best Buy bringing the effective price to below $450. If you qualify for the Multi-Service Discount you can get lifetime for $399 so the effective price is in the $800 range although closer to $850.
  3. Forcelite

    Forcelite New Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Didn't I read somewhere that you could transfer an old lifetime service for a $100 or so off. Not the pre 2000 ones but a newer model I thought there was some benefit to those too.
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    You get $100 off lifetime service with a Multi-service discount. Which brings lifetime to $400.. I have not heard about any transfers of Lifetime to the Elite.

    It's still a great deal compared to TiVos(with HD) offered in the past seven years and their prices.
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY


    If you bought 2 Premieres with lifetime you would spend $1000-1100 and get 4 tuners and only have 640GB of storage. So I think the Elite's current pricing with lifetime of $850-$1000 depending on if you qualify for MSD and where you buy it is competitive. However you do have to want 2TB of storage and 4 tuners in one DVR.
  6. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    And not be interested in recording OTA programming.
  7. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    $850 for the Elite with lifetime sounds like a great deal to me as does the Premiere with lifetime at $450. I can't imagine TiVo can sell enough at those prices for the company to be profitable but TiVo can't sell enough at the price necessary to be profitable either so there is no solution to the problem. Raise the price, sell fewer, operate at a loss or lower the price and sell more and still operate at a loss. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand why TiVo has no competition for standalone full-featured DVRs, there is no market worth competing for.

    I know $1,000 sounds high for a consumer DVR with 4 tuners and 2TB but unfortunately considering the costs to offer one, that is what the price needs to be if the goal is to provide a DVR and service at a profit. All that is needed in addition is a market willing to pay that price. I paid $500 for a TiVoHD with lifetime in 2009 and couldn't find anything comparable for the price.
  8. kettledrum

    kettledrum Active Member

    Nov 17, 2003
    Fishers, IN
    That is one expensive TiVo! :D :p
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
  10. sirfracas

    sirfracas Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Roughly $920 plus tax after adding in the Best Buy $70 4 year replacement warranty and assuming the 10% off coupon.

    Less than $20 a month for four years for 4 tuners. I think it's worth it and never having to worry about conflicts is awesome especially for a sports fan.
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I don't know about never. If I padded my shows I would have conflicts on a regular basis. Without padding I see three to four concurrent recordings on a regular basis.

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