New Mini Pricing Coming Soon?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by magnus, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. bostlaw

    bostlaw Member

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    Has anyone actually cancelled service and then later reactivated the previously activated Mini and received free lifetime??? Without calling TiVo and negotiating???
     
  2. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I brought this up awhile ago and no one responded. Once you're past your commitment date, there's no penalty so it may work when trying to reactivate without having to pay the $50 Lifetime Upgrade fee.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I don't see how they could prevent it. If you canceled and then sold it to someone else that person would expect free lifetime. Unless they put a block on your account to prevent you from reactivating the Mini on that same account. But I don't think they even have a way to do that, and if they do there is nothing preventing you from opening a new account and then moving both your TiVos and the Mini to it.
     
  4. overFEDEXed

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    That's what I did, kind of. I paid $5.99 for one year exactly and then decided that I'd either get Lifetime or deactivate the box. I had it cut off on August 18th.

    When all of this happened, I called Tivo on Sept 8th, the day before it was to go "live". I told them that I would pay the $50 for LT and they said that they would process it the next day. Funny thing was my Credit card was expired and I needed to update it. They almost hung up on me before I could give them the info. I thought that was strange.

    Anyway, the next day I saw where a guy posted that he entered his new, never activated Mini TSN into the "activate new device" box and it gave him free LT. No charge on his CC either.
    I checked my device list and Tivo still had not processed my Mini LT. It still showed inactive, so I did the "activate device" trick also. It worked and there was no charge on my CC.

    My devices now showed the Mini with Product Lifetime Service and there was never a charge made to my card, YET.
     
  5. mobouser

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    I bought a Mini a few weeks back using ebay (174.00 package) pricing. Accepted a slider remote on that purchase since I was under 30 days. I also got an extra Mini from Best Buy price matched for 88.00. Thanks for info in this thread.
     
  6. grey ghost

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    two questions 1) couldn't TiVo just refund the money without having to jump thru all the hoops? Is Lifetime free or is it $50. 2) if I do have to cancel the mini, how many days will it have to sit before I can activate it again?
     
  7. KrustyVT

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    For anyone who missed out on the discounted pricing, Radio Shack just came back in stock for $99.99 - this appears to be about the last legitimate retailer with discounted pricing. Don't forget, a 10% coupon is available for anyone with an .edu address (register from RS homepage).

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=28391306

    Edit: Now out of stock.
     
  8. Chuckmeister

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    ...or have Best Buy price match.
     
  9. I WANT MORE

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    Would you believe: It goes out of stock as I'm on hold with Best Buy for a price match.
     
  10. bostlaw

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    I don't see why it would be difficult at all. They have the TSNs of all previously activated units...They simply block previously activated TSNs which are not attached to an existing lifetime plan from automatic lifetime registration. A buyer of a previously used/activated unit shouldn't have any expectation of free lifetime service...If the buyer did have such an expectation, that's an issue between the buyer and the seller in any event. It certainly is doable...and it certainly would make sense from TiVo's perspective (I'm not suggesting that pricing decisions have generally made sense in the past)... If I transferred a Roamio with lifetime service, the plan follows the TSN...if I transfer a Roamio which has only had a monthly plan, the same thing applies...the buyer needs to pay a monthly plan or upgrade to lifetime... It's not a question of a new account, it's a matter of the service plan associated with previously activated units. Having said that, I don't know whether canceling and re-activating enables free lifetime...I asked the question because it seems to have been assumed in certain posts, but I haven't seen any posts reporting it happening without the intervention of TiVo...I wouldn't think it should happen...but this is TiVo we are talking about...not a model of consistency....It certainly doesn't seem difficult to prevent that from happening. Frankly, I'd be happy if I could pay something less than $150 for lifetime on my existing Minis....I have lifetime on some, but only monthly on a couple that are only used seasonally (on porches in summer)...I'd go lifetime on those for the right price... I guess I'll keep watching from the sidelines...:)
     
  11. buckyswider

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    Oh poop. Just wanted to vent. Just got a Roamio a week ago. On Monday I got the weakness $149 email and trashed it. Then I started thinking..."I have 4 tuners, why can't I watch them on other TVs?" Did a little research, and on Thursday I was informed that "Mini" was what could do this. I had thought it was just for remotely streaming recorded content. So went back to WK and now one is on the way. Came to the forum to investigate something else and found this thread. If I had done this a day or two earlier I would had minis for the whole house..... :mad: Now everybody is sold out at the old price. Had three in my cart at one place, went to checkout, and they were 'unavailable"...
     
  12. flashedbios

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    I never lose some. If a company screws me over, I screw them ten times over
     
  13. tarheelblue32

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    Even if you both lose, you still lose.
     
  14. Jayboy3

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    It seems like they ought to let us get on the new plan, and pay whatever it takes to even the scales. I have 3 at the old discount pricing. Why can't I just pay $50 for lifetime right now?
     
  15. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I just received my $85 mini from Amazon today and plugged in the numbers at TiVo.com and voila', lifetime service baby! :D

    I think I was the first one to take the plunge when we didn't know if it would work. So many others ordered and got them within that time or at Fry's or BB with a price match and found out it worked. I was so nervous they'd close the loophole before I got mine in the mail and I couldn't do a price match because no BB's here. Whew, I feel better now!
     
  16. overFEDEXed

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    This poster is the reason that I plugged my old deactivated box TSN, into the "Activate Device" box and got my FREE Lifetime.
     
  17. kherr

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    Do you have to call in to deactivate a Mini or can you do it on-line.
     
  18. pjw150

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    So, if I have a currently activated Mini, and have ordered an additional Mini, but don't have a TV for it, do I activate the new one and keep switching it out with the old one so they both stay up to date with firmware and such? (I don't have a TV for the new mini at this time.)
     
  19. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    I would definitely go ahead and activate the free lifetime service on it. Who knows if this free lifetime service will continue. It will probably continue, but some of the online information does say it is for a limited time only.
     
  20. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Get a Slingbox and hook it up to that.
     

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