New Tivo Price Plans - No More Lifetime + Responses to Summary

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by lajohn27, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Mar 8, 2006 #101 of 1393
    SullyND

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    The first post:

    So, you buy the box, you pay $12.95/mo with a one year commitment.
    You don't buy the box? $19.95/mo/$224 prepaid for a year, $18.95/mo/$369 prepaid for two years, or $16.95/mo/$469 prepaid for three years.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2006 #102 of 1393
    lajohn27

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    Thanks Sully.. It's like Twilight Zone Message Board around here lately.

    I failed to notice this thread mark TW's first two posts to the forum.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2006 #103 of 1393
    perry7566

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    Then why can't you buy a life time gift subsciption on tivo web site today ???
     
  4. Mar 8, 2006 #104 of 1393
    lajohn27

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    You haven't been able to buy lifetime on the TIVO website for sometime.... as in months.

    You can still get it by calling the 800 # tho apparently. And if you already have a TIVO account, or sign up for one, you can activate lifetime directly thru the manage my account section.

    Just checked, it's still there.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2006 #105 of 1393
    TiVoStephen

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    I just answered a question about warranty separately, so please forgive me for pointing you here so I can recycle my answer:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=3842747&&#post3842747

    If you take no action, your contract will continue. Basically you'll return to monthly pricing, at whatever the monthly fee is for the period of time that you selected for your contract.

    However, after your contract has expired, you can call in and switch to a service-only contract whenever you want.

    Later today I'm going to post about multiple subscription discounts in a separate thread, since there's been a bit of confusion.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2006 #106 of 1393
    perry7566

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    because

    according to Tivo termsand conditions

    1. TiVo service gift subscription values expire 2 years from date of purchase if not activated with TiVo Inc.*
     
  7. Mar 8, 2006 #107 of 1393
    Gregor

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    I am not sure I understand the pricing.

    $469 gets you a Tivo and 36 months of service, up front, or I pay $16.95 *36 which is $610.20?

    So essentially it's a free Tivo and 36 months of service at $13 something, if I pay upfront or $16.95 if I get billed monthly?
     
  8. Mar 8, 2006 #108 of 1393
    gastrof

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    You got it wrong.

    If you get the box from TiVo and pay nothing for it, your monthly fee will be seven dollars higher. (About $20 per month.)

    If I understand right, when you outright BUY your box, for now you'll still be paying the $12.95 price per month, but I wouldn't be surprised if that goes up as well.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2006 #109 of 1393
    lajohn27

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    Yes.. there appears to be a healthy discount for paying up front.. Which is fair since they get the use of your money and you don't.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2006 #110 of 1393
    peepoop

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    Could I buy a pre-paid Tivo lifetime gift card today and then apply it to a Series 3 when they're available?

    Do those gift cards expire? It's illegal to have a gift card or gift certificate expire in the state of California, right?
     
  11. Mar 8, 2006 #111 of 1393
    MickeS

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    Wow I didn't even see this thread today. How the hell did that happen?

    No more lifetime. :thumbsdown:
    EDIT: Yay, multiple discount still there! :up:
    Higher monthly fees. :thumbsdown:

    What exactly are they trying to do here? Price themselves out of the market? Because now they're competing with cable boxes that cost the same, INCLUDING digital cable. Who in their right mind will get a TiVo now?
     
  12. Mar 8, 2006 #112 of 1393
    Willin

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    I am one referral away from a lifetime sub. I just checked and it is gone from the list of rewards now. Thanks TiVo.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2006 #113 of 1393
    perry7566

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    Expiration date does not apply in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or Washington, and where expiration date may be extended by law. Applies in New Hampshire only for gift subscriptions over $100.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2006 #114 of 1393
    davezatz

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    It's obvious we have lots of questions and there may be a decent amount of confusion... and this thread is moving very quickly (I can't keep up with lajohn's posts). I suggest Stephen, Pony, or one of their henchmen maybe scan this thread for the major questions (including ones already answered) and put together a FAQ in another thread. I would really APPRECIATE that.
     
  15. Mar 8, 2006 #115 of 1393
    MikeMar

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    Problem isn't nessarily convincing people to stay, it's getting NEW customers. I had a co-worker that loved tivo, but wouldn't even pay the extra few bucks to get it over comcast dvr. I would give her shows in ipod format and she loved it, but no way in hell would she get it now.

    and the no mutli-discount is horrendous!
     
  16. Mar 8, 2006 #116 of 1393
    TiVoStephen

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    Sorry about that -- I just had to do a little checking with the powers that be. I can confirm that existing service-only monthly pricing is not changing next week.

    So, go into Best Buy next weekend, pick up a unit, and just like today you can activate it for $12.95 per month with a one-year commitment.

    Here's what is changing about service-only pricing:

    1. Product Lifetime will no longer be offered after Wednesday next week.

    2. Three new prepay options will become available sometime after Wednesday next week, increasing options for consumers who purchase their boxes from retail or who have existing boxes.

    What about the Multiple Subscription Discount? It is NOT changing for service-only montly pricing.

    So, Multiple Subscription Discount *IS* still available for service-only monthly pricing after next week's changes. What does that mean? That means that if you have an existing box, and then go out to Best Buy next Friday and activate service-only, you will still pay only $6.95 per month on that new contract, just as you do today (for as long as you have another qualifying full-price monthly or Product Lifetime unit in your household).

    (The multiple subscription discount is NOT available for prepay bundles or for the new bundled pricing, as you would expect. That's what Pony was referring to earlier.)

    EDIT: Clarification
     
  17. Mar 8, 2006 #117 of 1393
    MikeMar

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    Maybe i'm confused, but what exactly is 'service only'? Isn't that every box?
     
  18. Mar 8, 2006 #118 of 1393
    angra

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    horrible, extremely disappointing. It's their business and I guess they feel that this will make them more money, but it definitely makes a S3 a lot less attractive to me. Oh, well.

    very bummed.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2006 #119 of 1393
    dmk1974

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    Question...Lifetime service is tied to the BOX, not the subscriber, correct? I have an old Series 1 box with lifetime service that I want to sell. Irregardless of the date I sell it, the lifetime service tied to the box should be able to be transferred to another person's own account, right?
     
  20. Mar 8, 2006 #120 of 1393
    peteypete

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    I suspected this was the case although the PR doesn't state it specifically.

    It makes it a hard decision whether or not to go lifetime now on a MR discounted box. I guess it depends on how long you think it will last, and/or if you think a series 3 stand alone will be coming out sometime.

    All in all, I think it is kinda crummy going forward to have no lifetime , but kinda necessary for tivo as a company to do. boxes probably last way longer than 3 years.
     

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