hd tivo MAJOR price drop today

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by suncom3, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. sbergstc

    sbergstc New Member

    Jun 9, 2004


    When you call the regular CS number to voice dissatisfaction with your D* service and mention that you're considering switching or canceling your D* service you're typically transferred to the Retention Department (as in retaining customers). When dealing with this dept you may be offered incentives that regular customer service reps do not usually offer; for instance a $200 retention credit. A Retention Credit is not instead of but in addition to your MIR (or an instant rebate if you're lucky enough to be offered one). I was told that Retention has the authority to push these higher $$ credits through, but not regular Customer Service.

    Hope this is helpful.
  2. sbaycowboy

    sbaycowboy New Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    Opened up both Tivo's and pulled out both HDMI cards. The refurb. unit has a new style connector. My original unit (purchased 3/05) has the old style connector. It appears that if I want HDMI to work on my original box (w/two drives full of programs), I have to give up the programs and keep the refurb. box. :thumbsdown:

    I'm certainly not excited about either option. It's also my understanding that if I swap my disk drives into the refurb. HR10, they will not be recognized because the mother board won't recognize them.

    Can anyone confirm this?
  3. NFLnut

    NFLnut This Space For Rent

    Apr 22, 2000
    Van Down By...

    The drive(s) are married to the motherboard, yes. They will not work in another machine.
  4. jwhee0615

    jwhee0615 New Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    Plano, Tx.
    Is it possible to image both drives and restore them to the new unit?
  5. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002


    That is a question that should be asked (and answered) in the proper forum. Tivo Upgrade Forum

  6. 94SupraTT

    94SupraTT New Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    I got my HD-Tivo today. :D
  7. jwhee0615

    jwhee0615 New Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    Plano, Tx.

    Gee wiz Dennis, thanks sooo much for volunteering to moderate this forum but I was really just asking a question pertaining to sbaycowboy's post about the problem of swapping out the drives on his unit and maybe provide a solution. So sorry for posting to the wrong section of YOUR forum.
  8. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
    I just pointed you to the right place, ask your question over there (or better still do a search). I don't see the need to "dilute" this topic (cheap HD Tivos) with you answering and asking about Tivo Underground solutions. Besides, THERE is where you will get a quick answer to your question.

    See, now my reply adds more to the dilution....

    Being smart *ss about it does not help your cause, just go ask in the right place and get the answers you seek :)

  9. jwhee0615

    jwhee0615 New Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    Plano, Tx.
    Man I hate it when a topic gets diluted...

    Really...sorry for uttering a single word about something you perceive as not being about the topic at hand. And I would also like to thank you for educating me in the ways of the Tivo community forum. While I am a fairly new poster here I am not new to on-line forums in general and I in turn would like to suggest something to you...

    Un-subscribe if you dont like what you read.
  10. Dick Kalagher

    Dick Kalagher New Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Vienna, VA, USA
    You can restore an image to a drive, but if you move it to a different TiVo you have to do a "clear and delete everything" to make it work. Of course this will erase all of your programs too.
  11. crwarman

    crwarman New Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    Okay, I thought I was done with this, but here's an amusing twist. I had asked the rep to cancel my service effective 12/31 on that call. He confirmed, and said I'd be billed partial for December, etc. No problem.

    Okay, so this evening my wife mentioned that our DirecTV doesn't work any more. So I called them back and sure enough it was disconnected as of 12/8. I see. Well, they're happy to get me hooked right back up of course, now let's talk about why you disconnected, what can we do to keep you on as a customer? How about another $220 in discounts?

    I can't believe this trick. I've been a loyal customer in good standing for 3 1/2 years - three of which I invested literally thousands on their crummy DirecWay service - so I shouldn't have to go through this BS to get the same price everyone else is getting.

    But you know what? Whether they realize it or not they've done me a favor. In the long run I ended up going with Dish network. I'm getting their HD DVR for $250 - which, admittedly, is $50 more than I wanted to pay - But, their HD service plus the all-HD Voom network will still cost me the same as DirecTV without the HD service! So, I'm leaving the disconnect order in place and looking forward to some HD TV next week - on Dish! :)
  12. jlangner

    jlangner New Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Got the deal! Since have been with them since 1998:

    -$200 instant
    -$200 DTV credit
    -$60 HBO ($10/month/6 month)
    -$30 HD pkg ($5/month/6 month)


    love my DTV!
  13. Bovined

    Bovined New Member

    Dec 22, 2005
    399 starting price
    200 instant credit
    3 months of free Premier Service
    6 months of HD service at 5.99
    free install

    net cost: 169 (25 if you count in the premier service!)

    Only tried twice and settled on this deal. I have been with DTV since 99. The first guy would not budge at 299 which he tried to pad with some mediocre programming (free HBO and SHO only for 3 months) but this was definitely a much better deal. The ladies definitely seem nicer in handing out the discounts.

    Installs on the the 26th and I can't wait!
  14. Jan 1, 2006 #1194 of 1232

    landshark21 New Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    My 57" HDTV will be here next week. Are these deals still going on? Also, is this unit a Directivo or is it D*s unit?
  15. Jan 1, 2006 #1195 of 1232

    Guindalf Now with added dalf

    Jun 13, 2001
    The only way to find out if they are still available is to call and try. Read through some of the posts here to get an idea of what to ask for.
    Also, D* does not have a HD DVR yet, so all HD DVRs are TiVo at this time.
  16. Jan 1, 2006 #1196 of 1232

    landshark21 New Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Thanks I'll have to do some reading before I call.

    I didn't think they did, but wanted to make sure. :up:
  17. Jan 1, 2006 #1197 of 1232

    TheRatPatrol Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah kind of silly for D* to have MPEG4 local HD channels but no way for anyone to record them yet.

    If you ask me they're spending too much time and money on this new R15 DVR that doesn't even support MPEG4 or HD. Instead they should be focusing on getting a new MPEG4 HD DVR out quicker. What a shame.
  18. Jan 1, 2006 #1198 of 1232

    Brewer4 New Member

    May 6, 2004
    Thats a good point. I can see D*'s that they want to start using their own software and services but you got plenty of good function tivo SD units out there that getting the HD MPEG4 unit would be a higher priority.
  19. Jan 2, 2006 #1199 of 1232

    Chicago_Dave 65" is not enough

    Aug 6, 2004
    599.00 Unit Cost
    200.00 Mail-in Rebate
    150.00 Instant Credit
    3 months free HD package
    Free install of new dish, cable runs and all setups (I'm moving next week)

    This was via my first call to Retention.
  20. Jan 2, 2006 #1200 of 1232

    Schuyler New Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Ok - finally got a good deal.

    -200 instant rebate
    -200 account credit
    3 months free HD
    3 months free showtime HD

    Total out of pocket: $238 including install and taxes

    Imma happy. :)

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