HD Upgrade + Lifetime transfer!!!!

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

  1. Nov 1, 2007 #121 of 150
    10_pearljam

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    I think #2 is the option I may go with...you can always throw the old tivo on a TV in some room...
     
  2. Nov 1, 2007 #122 of 150
    mattack

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    But if one has premium channels, I think one would have to compare the cable box cost (including 'emotional cost' of possibly lost recordings via IR blaster -- I'm honestly not trying to raise a false issue, it is an issue for some people) vs cable card cost on the Tivo HD.

    Plus future worries of analog stations going away on cable and thus having to record EVERYTHING from a box (I guess people with a cable box do that now unless they hack their tivo to record analog stations natively).
     
  3. Nov 2, 2007 #123 of 150
    orev

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    Did you try your TSN on the page? I transferred my S1 to an S2 a LONG time ago (original S2), and it still allowed me to do it. I have a feeling their tracking wasn't so good back then.

    I also bought my new HD from amazon, and they allowed the transfer.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2007 #124 of 150
    Shawn95GT

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    Well I'm glad those that got in on this are happy.

    If I had to do it all over again with my S3s I wouldn't do it unless you are going to throw away the old box at the end of the pre-paid service.

    At the end of the pre-paid service, you will be charged 12.95/mo for the old box(s). I did 3x lifetime transfers the first time around with S3s. Guess what? $38.85/mo coming soon to a credit card near me.

    I called to complain... Why yes you do qualify for the MSD rate, which contract would you like to sign?

    So in short... do this and you forfeit your contract-free freedom. Many of us know they'll probably pry our Tivos from our cold dead fingers so commitments aren't a huge problem. That's well and good for 1-2 Tivos, but what happens when you have 5? You really start to question if it's worth it.

    One of my old boxes is staying around and the other two are canceling. Way to go Tivo! If you'd have given the 6.95 rate automatically (no commitment) I'd keep 'em around.
     
  5. Nov 2, 2007 #125 of 150
    Shawn95GT

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    The only 'catch' is that you won't get the 6.95 MSD rate unless / until you call Tivo and commit to 3 years on your old hardware.

    That's the hard-sell for me.

    Once the 12month pre-pay is up Tivo will bill you $12.95/mo. To get any MSD rate you'll need to do a 'new activation' as they call it at the MSD rate. There is no activation fee (I was shocked there wasn't a fee at this point).
     
  6. Nov 2, 2007 #126 of 150
    JustAllie

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    You can move the commitment to a new TiVo in the future. It's tied to your account, not to the hardware. (By comparison, lifetime service is tied to the hardware, not to your account.)
     
  7. Nov 2, 2007 #127 of 150
    Shawn95GT

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    Understood, but for #4, 5, and 6 tivos?

    It makes sense if you have a THD + your S2... much beyond that and it doesn't' scale well.

    You can always commit when you buy new boxes.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2007 #128 of 150
    Leon WIlkinson

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    Just to be clear and to make sure, this isn't a typo on the regulations on the deal

    You can buy Nov 7th,and you have until December 8 to call and transfer the lifetime, Right?
     
  9. Nov 6, 2007 #129 of 150
    buddhawood

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    Correct.

    Transfer of an eligible (as defined below) Product Lifetime Subscription to a a Qualifying DVR is required by 12/8/2007 by calling TiVo Customer Support at (877) 367-8486 between 7AM and 8PM PST.
    Product Lifetime Subscriptions eligible to be transferred to a Qualifying DVR pursuant to this Offer must be (1) activated prior to October 1, 2003 and (2) not have been previously transferred pursuant to any prior transfer offer from TiVo
     
  10. Nov 6, 2007 #130 of 150
    jkalnin

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    I am waiting till the last minute on this for some reason. Maybe it's because my TV is 4:3 non-HD and I have no money to upgrade it anytime soon. Two days to buy your Tivo... (Offer ends Nov 8th)

    And I hate to ask again, but someone out there has purchased theirs on Amazon (the cheaper non Tivo store version) without any trouble doing the transfer, correct?
     
  11. Nov 6, 2007 #131 of 150
    orev

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    I bought mine on amazon and they didn't ask me where i got it. Transfer went with no problem for me.
     
  12. Nov 6, 2007 #132 of 150
    memoody

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    Does anyone know whether Tivo HD can still control a Motorola Comcast digital cable box via serial cable, or only with the stupid IR controller? I'm thinking of doing the lifetime transfer from my old, dead lifetime S1 box to a Tivo HD and replacing my S2 box that I pay $13 for monthly. I'd prefer to keep digital cable going until I get myself an HDTV. Thanks!

    Oh - and can someone also confirm that if I do the above that the other S2 I have in my bedroom will still only cost me $7/month?

    Thanks!
     
  13. Nov 6, 2007 #133 of 150
    CharlesH

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    No and no. The TiVoHD replaces the cable box. It cannot control a set-top box, period.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2007 #134 of 150
    orev

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    As the other poster said, neither. But, for the S2 you are using, you could qualify for a multi-service discount (MSD), couldn't you? That brings the monthly service to $6.95. I think the S1 just needs to dial in once every few months.
     
  15. Nov 6, 2007 #135 of 150
    memoody

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    My current S1 box is dead (modem fried), so it can't dial in - thus the desire to transfer. I was getting $7 MRD on my two active boxes for a while, but they switched one over to the $13/mo rate.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2007 #136 of 150
    memoody

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    So what does it mean that in the product specifications: "Signal sources: Digital cable, Analog cable, Digital antenna (ATSC) and Analog antenna channels (satellite not supported)". If TivoHD can't control a set top box, then how can it support digital cable signal sources then? I'm clearly missing something there.

    If I may, a follow up (Sorry if this is a really dumb question): Is it possible to use the TivoHD box to receive OTA HD signals with an HD antenna, but then down-convert and output to a non-HDTV in SDTV (480i) mode? My thinking is that if I can't use the digital cable box, maybe I can improve the signal quality of the regular channels. I realize that the regular channels via cable box are still analog, but they seem to come in a LOT better via the digital cable box than without.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  17. Nov 6, 2007 #137 of 150
    c3

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    The TiVo box decodes the digital signal by itself.
     
  18. Nov 6, 2007 #138 of 150
    windracer

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    Well, only if you put CableCARDs in it ... so technically it's not doing it "by itself."
     
  19. Nov 6, 2007 #139 of 150
    c3

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    No. TiVo decodes the digital signal. CableCard decrypts the digital data (already received and decoded by TiVo). These two are completely different. You don't even need CableCards to watch unencrypted digital channels.
     
  20. Nov 6, 2007 #140 of 150
    JayBird

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    I just convinced my wife to let me order a TiVo HD based on the argument that I can transfer our lifetime sub from our 7 year old SVR2000. We will probably retire the old TiVo once the 1 year sub that it gets as part of the transfer deal runs out.

    Now I just need to convince her to let me buy a 60" Pioneer KURO plasma to go with it...
     

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