Goodbye TiVo. It's been a good run.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by emmgee, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley


    Wow. For that price you could buy a lifetime plan with a refubished Roamio Pro warrantied by Weaknees. But first I'd call TiVo again, and play CSR roulette. You may be able to get a cheaper lifetime deal even before you hit that five-year mark.
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  2. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006
    Calling TiVo and inquiring about a Lifetime discount is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get. Call daily, I know a pain, until you get the chocolate you want.
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  3. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    lol i wish that worked for a box of chocolates.
  4. just4tivo

    just4tivo Active Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    pssst.... Whitman's Samplers have a map in the lid so you always know what you're going to get.
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  5. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC


    That's cheating.
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  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    And real men don't use maps. ;)
  7. Davelnlr_

    Davelnlr_ N5GGG

    Jan 12, 2011
    My boss just upgraded to X1 Preferred. 250Mb/s Internet and All basic channels. $80/mo for two years, plus $5 per box in extra rooms (3 extra rooms). I dont *think* the room boxes can stream off the X1 DVR, but I might be wrong.

    As for contracts, when my two year promo ran out this summer, I just went to the Xfinity store and signed up for a new promo with more channels, for $20 less per month, including no cap internet. They are pretty good about working with you around here, anyway.
  8. dishrich

    dishrich Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    They do actually, they're "mini X1" boxes called XiD's. Under Comcast's new package pricing in many systems, ANY/ALL models of cable boxes are now priced@$5/month, X1 or not. They even changed how they charge the DVR service; the "DVR service" is still $10, but that covers multiple (physical) DVR boxes a sub might have on their account, which those physical DVR boxes are now $5/each as well. (each DVR box used to be $20/each)
  9. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    but don't you still have a Tivo that's already paid for?

    you could keep using it, with its better interface and STILL get the lower price..
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  10. Puppy76

    Puppy76 Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    IMO the new interface is worse, but not THAT bad, it still gets the job done. I’m more annoyed that TiVo desktop no longer works for me at all. I can still use the web server interface at least.
    If that goes...
  11. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Real men DO use maps but furtively, and pretend to real women that they don't need to. :p
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  12. just4tivo

    just4tivo Active Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    If they have a peanut allergy they do or they never will...
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  13. dbperkins

    dbperkins Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    Kalamazoo MI
    In my opinion, Tivo is dyeing a slow death. Tivo's voice(vox) remote is junk compared to Xfinity's X1 series. No more spinning circles. Apps are advaible on Xfinity X1 series. The small X1 box in my bedroom has same feature except no hard drive for recording, it uses records on one of the other DVR's. I don't care about keeping programs for years. I don't want to copy to my computer. To me it is a big waste. The Xfinity X1 is quiet and cool to the touch. Bolt always ran hot and needed external fans. Tivo was nice but I just want something that I don't have to baby sit.
  14. dishrich

    dishrich Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    AND, because Comcast uses Gracenote data, DEFINITELY 2nd that one! :thumbsup:
  15. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You can still use pyTivo and pyTivo desktop, with TiVo desktop running in the background. You can do more with kmttg too. If a TiVo is on TE4 you can download from it but cannot pull content onto it, which is yet another reason to stick with TE3. So no Edge for me.
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  16. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    In my area Comcast/Xfinity won't use a splitter if you only want one outlet. They run the coax directly to room with the TV. I already had 6 rooms wired and they guy would not use my splitter. I had to go out and reconnect to my splitter to hook up all the outlets and install the POE filter. They would charge $10 per month to connect service to an additional room, but you could call and cancel the second outlet and they would not come out and disconnect the coax but you might get charged an extra $10 for the first month.
  17. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Did you just ask for it or did you get the offer after requesting to cancel service?

  18. Rey

    Rey Active Member

    Oct 6, 2015
    I asked for it. They asked me why and I said it would help with my monthly cable bills.
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  19. lynncosbm

    lynncosbm Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    Well, I have to say I’ve loved my TiVos over the years and still do but unfortunately my cable company is not supporting cable cards anymore and is only doing digital TV over the air so I have cancelled their service and unfortunately won’t be able to use TiVo anymore. I have two Bolts, one with lifetime and one with annual service. However, I am still able to get a couple local channels over air and am wondering if I cancel the annual service, will I still be able to watch a number of shows I have recorded over the years and also still attach to my lifetime Bolt to watch any new shows I record there? I’d really prefer not to still pay for the annual service if I could do that without it. I'd be grateful for any advice please!
  20. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    If you cancel TiVo service on one of your Bolts, then you can still watch the recordings on that unit using a TV attached to it, but the two units will not be able to see each other so you won't be able to view or transfer recordings over your network.

    Before you cancel the annual service you should transfer all recordings to the Lifetime unit, and if you want to access the Lifetime Bolt from another room then maybe sell the decommissioned Bolt and buy a Mini new, used, or refurbished.

    Minis come with Lifetime/All-In and can be had for total price similar to or less than one year's annual service on a Bolt.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2020

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