HD Upgrade + Lifetime transfer!!!!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jkalnin, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. ken8th

    ken8th New Member

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    You should do that for sure. It's a win win situation with your daughter getting a S2 or the S1 for another year.

    Do you have any upgraded HDs?
     
  2. bshuler

    bshuler New Member

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    There was a time when TiVo was innovative. It was a revolution. Now it is just a failing business trying to stay afloat by charging they best customers, the ones that were willing to give them an extra $300 back when they were just a concept, barely a service. My lifetime sub box is going on craigs list in exchange for a case of beer. You are all crazy to stay.
     
  3. LisaD

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    Well, in all fairness, back in the day when we signed up for Lifetime, we fully knew the lifetime sub had to move with the unit. We knew that and agreed to it. At least they sometimes allow an opportunity to keep the lifetime - fee or no fee.

    Bshuler - "charging their best customers". Not sure what you are wanting for no charge.
     
  4. fredct

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    We all know that a company's best customers are the ones that don't pay anything ever!!

    Lifetime was always lifetime of the box, not the lifetime or your ability to want things for nothing. The fact that they even offer the ability to transfer it is very generous.
     
  5. ken8th

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    It's good business on the part of Tivo. They get you to upgrade your technology and move units. Let's face it, there are a lot of people that wouldn't upgrade to HD because of their lifetime subscription.

    I myself am having a hard time deciding because I just bought a 575Hr HD for my S2.
     
  6. BurnBaby

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    Are lifetime units purchased on ebay eligible for this deal or does transferring the lifetime also change the start date of lifetime?
     
  7. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    The easiest way to find out is to check:
    http://www3.tivo.com/tivo-promo/show.do?pg=/buytivo/hdservicetransfer.html

    Put in your Tivo Service number and click on "Verify my TSN >"

    Then you'll know for sure if your Tivo is eligible or not.
     
  8. pjhartman

    pjhartman excitable boy

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    One of my S2 units was giving up the ghost. Even after performing Spinrite level 2 on its drive, the unit had been locking up.

    I copied the shows on it to the other S2 unit and replaced it with a TiVo HD purchased at Costco. TiVo customer support allowed me to transfer my lifetime sub from the S1 unit to the HD unit.

    Then two days later I got my 9.2j upgrade and the same day MRV and TTG was activated. Happy me.

    Now, what do I do with a flaky S2? I guess I'll chuck it.
     
  9. JPA2825

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    What was the Costco price?
     
  10. pjhartman

    pjhartman excitable boy

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    Having just opened their store here last week, they were having some pretty decent deals. I took advantage of their sign up & get $25 certificate.

    The cost of the unit itself from Costco was $279. I know I could have gotten it from Amazon in two days for $253 or thereabouts. But I weighed the possibility of issues with the TiVo and the ease of return & rebuy from Costco versus having to return it to Amazon or RMA it to TiVo. Avoiding the hassle of the possible return was worth the difference to me.

    Of course, I then proceeded to look for an HDMI cable. Costco had a cable set for $40, but I didn't need the other cables in the package. I figured Best Buy would have one, and they did, the cheapest of which was $50. No way. Radio Shack was my next stop, and theirs was $50 also. Get out! I ended up at home connecting my new THD via S-Video and ordering an HDMI cable from Amazon for $12. The cable arrived yesterday and is now connecting the THD to my TV.

    So I guess I'll spend more than I have to in some instances, but won't in others. My wife tries to understand me, she really does.
     
  11. TiVo Troll

    TiVo Troll Registered Troll

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    (An eBay Seller has 2 of these deals and has 271 Positive and no Neg. Feedback entries.) Total cost of Lifetimed HD TiVo would be $699.

    "This auction is only for someone who wants to purchase the new TiVo HD model and would like to get a lifetime subscription on it. This auction does not include the TiVo HD unit (which must be purchased separately), but provides a way to get a lifetime subscription on it for just $399.

    For a limited time, TiVo is allowing customers to transfer a lifetime subscription activated prior to Oct 1/03 to the new TiVo® HD DVR for a fee of $199. This auction is for the transfer of an eligible Series 1 TiVo lifetime subscription to your account (the unit itself is not being sent so there are no shipping fees). So you can purchase this for $200, pay TiVo $199 to transfer the subscription, and get lifetime on a TiVo HD for just $399. This is a less expensive way of getting lifetime than buying a lifetime gift card which have been selling for $600-$700.

    The full details of this offer from TiVo are available at www.tivo.com/hdservicetransfer. The TiVo HD is not compatible with satellite. Also note that since it uses cable cards, it would have limited functionality in Canada. The basic steps involved are as follows:

    Call TiVo at 1-877-367-8486 between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM PST to transfer the lifetime subscription into your name.
    Purchase TiVo® HD DVR from www.tivo.com/hdservicetransfer for $299 by Nov 8/07.
    When it arrives, call TiVo to transfer the lifetime to the TiVo HD for a fee of $199. Your total cost for a TiVo HD with lifetime service is only $699.
    The offer includes 1 year of free service on the old unit. You need to cancel service on the old unit after TiVo has switched the lifetime to the TiVo HD unit (takes approx. 60-90 days).
    Payment by PayPal only with a confirmed shipping address."
     
  12. TiVo Troll

    TiVo Troll Registered Troll

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    HD TiVo makes sense even with a standard-def display. It provides the best standard-def pictures available with DVR functionality.

    I use S3 to send standard-def signals to a DVD recorder and the results are similiar to commercial DVD's. S3 is kinda' rich for standard-def but TiVo's HD is right-on at the right price!
     
  13. BurnBaby

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    Thanks. I called Tivo and they said that transferring the lifetime service doesn't change the date of activation, so ebay units are eligible for this offer. :up:

    They recommend you do get the TSN number and call Tivo to verify before purchasing a unit for this offer b/c they have had some calls of units purchased on ebay that were supposed to have lifetime but the lifetime was never activated or some other problem. They said you can check on the site but it's better to call them. :)
     
  14. sieglinde

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    I change my cable channels using an IR output from the Tivo to the cable box. I would love to get rid of both because they sometimes don't change the channel properly but I have Mediacom and I have not found anything about their cable cards on the net.

    Does the new HD have the IR output?
     
  15. mute

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    Nope, it's OTA or cable cards. It doesn't have controls for an external cable box.
     
  16. mattack

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    Call them up. Unless they are a VERY small cable company (check the FCC regs, I don't know the exact specs), they are REQUIRED to provide you with cable cards..

    just to make it clear, getting cable cards will get rid of the cable box/IR blaster entirely.
     
  17. sieglinde

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    I went ahead and bought the box plus their external hard drive. I thought the HD capacity was more than inadequate. I am not ready for HD yet but I certainly plan on this box lasting into the HD transition period.

    I will hope that they have the M-cards so I can have one card and two channel inputs. I am actually going to their bricks and morter building Friday to talk about the cards though their phone customer service may be more knowledgable about the cards. I would just love them to hand me the card and let me take a crack at installing it myself.

    After I watch all the TV on my Series II, I probably will give it to my nephew. It has a fairly new hard drive and a new power supply. (Thank you Weaknees.) :)
     
  18. 10_pearljam

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    interesting...i have a S2 lifetime and am getting a TIVOHD for christmas...already ordered through best buy...

    wonder if i ***** enough...
     
  19. 10_pearljam

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    can you use a regular mybook external hard drive or is there something special about the one you purchase through the tivo website?
     
  20. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    I redid the math to check the toal amount spent over the course of the next 7 years picking from 3 options. If anyone spots a problem with these numbers please let me know.

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    Multi-service discount (MSD) = $6.95 month: $83.40 a year
    Buying HDTivo from amazon = $250 total
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    Option 1:
    TivoHD + Lifetime Transfer + Keeping Old Tivo Active (MSD)
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    year 1: $250 (HDTivo) + $200 (Transfer) = $450
    year 2: $83.40 (+$450.00) = $533.40
    year 3: $83.40 (+$533.40) = $616.80
    year 4: $83.40 (+$616.80) = $700.20
    year 5: $83.40 (+$700.20) = $783.60
    year 6: $83.40 (+$783.60) = $867.00
    year 7: $83.40 (+$867.00) = $950.40

    Option 2:
    TivoHD (MSD) + NO Transfer + Old Tivo keeps lifetime
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    year 1: $250 (HDTivo) + $83.40 (MSD) = $333.40
    year 2: $83.40 (+$333.40) = $416.80
    year 3: $83.40 (+$416.80) = $500.20
    year 4: $83.40 (+$500.20) = $583.60
    year 5: $83.40 (+$583.60) = $667.00
    year 6: $83.40 (+$667.00) = $750.40
    year 7: $83.40 (+$750.40) = $833.80

    Option 3:
    TivoHD + Lifetime Transfer + 1year free, ditch old Tivo
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    year 1: $250 (HDTivo) + $200 (Transfer) = $450
    year 2-death of HDTivo = $450

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    I believe those are the three main options for people that qualify for this deal. It seems to me the best deal is to forget the transfer and just pay the MSD for the next 7+ years. The cheapest option is to do the transfer then ditch your old Tivo after the free year expires. The first two options means you'll have two activated Tivo's for the next 7 years.

    Am I missing something?
     

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