Is the $19.99/month "deal" here for good?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by comma splice, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    Refurb TiVos have a code in the TSN IE 746-001x-xxxx-xxxx, it's the 3rd 1 in the TSN that tells TiVo its a refurb unit.
     
  2. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I think the $19.95 service will be around as long as there are subsidiized Premieres being sold.
    TiVo could end the "promotion" and only sell full priced Premieres from here on out, but they would still require the subsidized boxes (based on the TSN) to have the $19.95 rate.

    Personally, I think TiVo is trying to get people used to the $19.95 rate so it's less of an impact when they announce that it will become the standard rate (all the more reason to get lifetime NOW :p).
     
  3. jdfs

    jdfs Unspecial Member

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    I hope so. I hope the free plus $19.99 is here to stay too in the future so I can keep getting new ones every two years like cell phones.
     
  4. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    That is a great deal to spend $480 every two years and then get a new TiVo OR if you are an existing TiVo customer you could spend $470 and get a new TP with Lifetime and after two years, if you don't want a new TiVo, just keep your TP, if you do want a new one you will get back at least $300 to $400 by selling your old TP with PLS.
     
  5. bbaucom

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    When I signed up, the promo was $19.99/mo w\ the box for free.

    I would have rather gotten the lifetime, but at the time I preferred to not have to spend $600+ up front.
     
  6. TWinbrook46636

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    So are all Premiere/Premiere XL TiVos being sold currently locked into the $19.96/mo 1-year commitment? I see a lot of major resellers selling them at around $99/$249 but some mention the commitment and others don't.
     
  7. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Yes they all require the $19.99/mo service with a 1-year commitment. You can buy a new Premiere from tivo.com that does not require the $19.99/mo service but you will pay more for the Premiere.

    Thanks,
     
  8. SMWinnie

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    Has anyone gotten a definitive answer on whether a $99 premiere can be switched to a different plan (Annual/MSD/PLS/whatever) after the initial one-year commitment?

    We're still, what, seven months away from the first wave of renewals?
     
  9. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    This was a subject of great debate. Not sure if it really is resolved, it depends on what certain words in TiVo's service agreement actually mean.

    What I believe based on what I have read is that if a person does nothing TiVo will continue to bill them at $19.99/month.

    I also believe if a person calls TiVo they will likely be able to cut another deal as long as they are willing to say they are going to cancel the service as it appears the $19.99/mo service requirement is release if the service is canceled after the 1 year commitment period.

    Thanks,
     
  10. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    I don't understand why TiVo removed the online ability to schedule a new plan when the commitment was satisfied. It made it so much easier for the user to choose a new plan (if wanted) months ahead of time...
     
  11. lessd

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    For TPs that cost $99 and under is no other official plan, this November when the first of the $19.99 plans ends we will see what if anything TiVo will do about any lower cost rental/lifetime plans. Amazon had new TP for $40 something, we all know the parts cost is much more than that, without a TiVo Sub somebody taking a big $ hit.
     
  12. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    Assuming that $19.99 x 12 months doesn't cover a Premiere's costs, a hit will still be felt starting November 2011 if those $19.99 subscriptions don't get renewed, with TiVo no longer able to recoup any loses through a more affordable subscription rate. I would think it be in TiVo's best interest to allow choosing a $12.95/$199/$399 plan online and ahead of time over risk of subscribers cancelling when the commitment is satisfied, basically assuring in a loss.

    The $19.99 rate was/is a good gimmick to attract new customers, but it sure doesn't seem like a good long-term plan...
     
  13. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    It will be interesting what the plan will be if there is a 4 tuner server coming as rumors indicate.
     
  14. kturcotte

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    I would *THINK* they'd let you switch. Look at the figures. After paying $100 for the Premiere, after a year they've only gotten $339.88 out of the customer vs the $455.40 they'd get on the "Regular" plan. My guess is it will automatically continue at $19.99 unless you call and "threaten" to cancel. If they continue to INSIST on $19.99 monthly, they're just ASKING for trouble.
     
  15. WhiskeyTango

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    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    The reality is that we just don't know what will happen until later this year. I find it hard to believe that people won't be able to switch plans after their commitment is up.
     
  17. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Yup exactly what I think.

    Thanks,
     
  18. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    Switch to what plan, I just tested activating an old Series 2 TiVo on my account, the only plan their web sight offered was the $12.95/month, TiVo has taken away all mention of yearly plans and Lifetime plans (except for the TP upgrade offer with Lifetime). I think Lifetime Service will be gone for good (for a new customer) except for special upgrade programs TiVo may offer existing customers.
     
  19. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    You need to talk to someone paying monthly or annually and see what options they have.

    I have one DVR I pay monthly ($6.95). There is a button where I can "Schedule a Future Plan" if I click it I have 4 options:
    1. $19.99/mo
    2. $9.95/mo with available MSD - $12.95 without MSD
    3. $99/year with available MSD - $129 without MSD
    4. $299 lifetime with available MSD - $399 without MSD

    Of course none of them make any sense given what I am paying but I am assume the button appears when your commitment period is over.

    Thanks,
     

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