New $99 lifetime transfer deal

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Dan203, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Offering an 82% discount because someone paid full price once 5-10 years ago would be a ludicrous business plan.
     
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  2. tommage1

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    Well having it as an option all the time might be a bit much. However I think eventually they will want to get rid of S2/S3s completely (maybe S4 too) as they will not want to support them. If they wait until like they did with S1, they may have to offer FREE transfers and discounted Bolts and/or gift cards. Well I don't know all the legal implications so not sure what they would HAVE to do. They were not losing money on these promos, transferring service costs nothing and people were buying Bolts at full retail for the boxes themselves. I think the promos were good for owners AND Tivo, they were making money and getting S2/S3/S4s off peoples accounts, less potential problems in the future. One issue could be since they never actually deactivated most of the promo boxes who knows what is going on out there, boxes used for promos being sold to someone else, maybe multiple times. I would HOPE people who used a box for a promo would not sell it but, well......... And even then if some were sold, then resold there could be totally innocent purchasers who will lose their service sometime, who knows when? Will be interesting to see what develops in the future, We still have 2 S2, 4 S3 and 2 S4 that were never used for promos and we still use regularly, I might be tempted to "upgrade" 2 or 3 of them if/when they do another promo.
     
  3. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    If the option were available all the time, there would be an incentive to plug in and connect any and all old Tivos that could be found even if it wasn't being used so it would eventually be eligible for the offer. I think they want to limit the offer to Tivos that are currently being used.
     
  4. Steve-O

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    It's a drag that they only allowed recently-connected TiVo's to transfer lifetimes from, rather than the oldest units many of us may have in our houses, even if they haven't been connected recently.
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    People always want something for nothing and have jacked up logic to justify it.
     
  6. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    True, but first of all the Tivos would have to be on the person's account already though they might still transfer if the original owner authorizes it. So doubtful any thrift store finds etc could be used as no way to contact the current account holder for a transfer. If a person kept an S2 instead of recycling or selling it they must have kept it for a reason. Such as an S2 can be used with satellite, if someone moves where there is no cable or OTA close enough the S2 would be the only Tivo option for them. Also part of my point was they ARE making money on the transfers. $99 to transfer the service which costs them nothing and full retail for whatever box the service is being transferred to. I have no problem with any time limitations/connection dates myself as all my S2/S3/S4s are active, I can wait for another promo if ever or just wait until they want to EOL them and see what they offer. Heck I'd be perfectly happy if they supported them forever as I like my S3/S4s a lot, and one of my S2s has a DVD burner.
     
  7. dhoward

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    I know it has been asked before but on this last $99 transfer has anyone's Tivo, that was used for the transfer, actually been deactivated?
     
  8. Steve-O

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    (Raises hand)
     
  9. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Mine was on the earlier one (HD upgrade to Bolt) and it was deactivated.

    Scott
     
  10. dhoward

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    How long did it take? Mine still shows active.
     
  11. TivoJD

    TivoJD Active Member

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    I did the premiere to Bolt $99 promo around 9/25/17 and my premiere still shows active on my account.
     
  12. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member TCF Club

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    Same... as of last weekend at least. So I guess if the HD's are getting deactivated, we likely will at "some point".
     
  13. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

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    I still have both the April and the ~September TiVos active on my account online, and in the TiVo app.
     
  14. Steve-O

    Steve-O Member

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    Transferred from TivoHD to Bolt on 5/1/2017; HD worked until 6/30.
     
  15. sideshot

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    mine still shows active with life time
     
  16. das335

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    The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club ;)
     
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  17. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    Well total for our family was 8 upgrades (none on the latest Premiere upgrade though). 7 were S2s on two accounts. None of those have been deactivated. The one on my personal account (I had 6 total, only upgraded 1) did not get deactivated until months later. And only after I called and pretty much told them it should be deactivated. My issue was since I had 6 eligible boxes I wanted to see the correct one deactivated so I would not see the wrong one deactivated in the future. From what I've seen here if they deactivate the wrong one they won't reactivate it, even if it's their fault to begin with. At least that is what one person posted.
     
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    shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I've transferred several ebay Tivo's to my account without the original owner's cooperation. I've never asked the original owner to do anything, the CSR just transferred it. If I remember correctly, board wisdom suggests that Tivo makes little to no profit on the sale of the hardware.
     
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  19. johnd01

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    I got an email that said the deal or something like it is back on until 8/7/18
     
  20. mike-d

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    Yup - Me too, I went for a new Bolt Vox 3TB. I figure lost value on premiere with lifetime is less than $450...
     

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