Premiere Lifetime for $99

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by dhoward, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC


    Then we're just going to have to call you bandit from now on, 'cause you made out like one big time.
  2. Darkon

    Darkon New Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I have two 2-tuner Premiers w/lifetime and bought a TiVo Mini in the hope I could find some way to get it working with the 2-tuner models by activating and cancelling a 4-tuner Premier I had sitting in my garage. No luck (which wasn't too surprising based on what I had read).

    I called them 2 or 3 times looking for a discount on PLS for the 4-tuner model, letting them know that I only activated the unit so I could use the Minis and would be OK with having the PLS cancelled on one of my other units, but still no luck. They only offered to give me a reduced monthly service fee after paying full-price for 1 year, which would totally defeat the purpose of the Mini.

    I tried one more time via web chat and clearly stated that after doing some research I had heard that some people were offered $99 PLS and if under what conditions I could get the same offer. The person said that was probably only for someone that had been a subscriber for more than 10 years. When I said I was a subscriber for 10 years, he said I would need to talk to someone on the phone since credit card information would be involved.

    I called and eventually got sent to Cancellations (even though I was told I was being forwarded to Advanced Billing) and finally got someone that was able to help. She confirmed I had been a subscriber for more than 10 years and began looking for options. I said my main goal was to get the Minis working w/o monthly fees, but wanted to know what all of my options were.

    Eventually she came back with the following:
    $199.99 for PLS for my Premiere 4

    $199.99 for a Roamio (base model) with $199.99 PLS
    $399.99 for a Roamio Plus with $99.99 PLS
    $599.99 for a Roamio Pro with $99.99 PLS

    It sounded like the Roamio deals were a limited offering only for this month, and only under certain situations and the $199.99 PLS for my Premiere 5 sounded like a special exception was made for me since it was a newly activated unit (many of the deals in this thread appear to be for units that have been on a monthly subscription under one account or another for a while)

    I ended up going with the Roamio Plus with PLS for ~$500 since that hit my sweet spot and I can always upgrade the drive later (or sooner) to 3TB for roughly 1/2 of the Pro price difference.
  3. BrentOMatic

    BrentOMatic New Member

    Feb 17, 2004
  4. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    Apr 18, 2002
    Fairfax, VA
    Hasn't come my way...although I did receive a comparatively not-so-favorable offer in October: $874 for Lifetimed Pro. Honestly, I'll probably get get a Stream if/when Android downloads arrive and leave the Premiere XL4 headless in the basement - it does what it needs to.
  5. Darkon

    Darkon New Member

    Sep 17, 2007


    Uh...did you read the last post in this thread immediately before yours before posing this question?

    That SD post is pretty much a direct copy of what I posted a few days ago. At least the poster gave some indirect credit to the "TiVo forums", though it would have been nice if they made it clearer where they got the info for the deal.

    And yes, others besides myself have been able to get this deal, but it does appear to require at least 10+ years of being a TiVo subscriber.
  6. BrentOMatic

    BrentOMatic New Member

    Feb 17, 2004
  7. gigaguy

    gigaguy Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    As far as $99 PLS, I thought that if the Premiere had been activated for 3 years you got offered the $99 deal. that's what I got on a Premiere I bought on craiglslist and used for 2 months, then when I added a used XL4 I bought that already had lifetime, Tivo offered me $99 on the used Premiere. I had only used it for 2 months, but I guess the previous owner activated it about 2.5 years earlier.
    this was about 6 months ago..
  8. SVTarHeel

    SVTarHeel Member

    Sep 22, 2014
    Just had a random thought... has anyone ever noticed any difference in $99 lifetime being offered differently for Premieres that were activated online vs using a CSR?
  9. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    You're being too flexible. Don't give the CR any leeway. They either give you lifetime service for $99 or else they must cancel your monthly subscription. If they send you to cancellations, then you hang up and call back again. The CR will brow beat you and tell you all kinds of lies, if you give them an opening.
  10. tazmandman

    tazmandman New Member

    Sep 10, 2011
    Just wanted to chime in on my own experience recently - I have 2 Premieres that were on month to month service since the Aug/Sept 2011 timeframe.

    I called to "cancel" both Premiere subscriptions as I had just bought a Roamio w/lifetime.

    The CR started putting in the actual cancellation paperwork when she asked "what are you going to do with your old premiere(s)?" - I told her that they would probably sit in a closet since I couldn't resell with any value unless they had lifetime on them. It wasn't until the very end when she said, "I can put lifetime on both for $99 each if you want" and so we went ahead with the deal.
  11. Jan 1, 2015 #211 of 250

    dcline414 New Member

    Apr 30, 2014
    Atlanta, GA
    Finally got around to calling... there was no ambiguity in the response at all.

    We have had monthly service for 35.5 months (will be 3 years in mid January). The rep put me on hold and then came back and said that even a day less than 3 years and a conversion to lifetime would cost $199. If I call back in 2 weeks then I will be able to convert our premiere to lifetime for $99, but the system would not accept the code until exactly 3 years from the first date of service.

    I didn't threaten to cancel or anything, but after 36 months of continuous service it sounds like anyone should be able to convert to lifetime for $99. $15 x 36 + $99 is only $639, so not a terrible option if you can't afford the cost of lifetime service up front (or just don't want to make such an expensive commitment before trying things out for a while).

    I am hoping we will be able to do the same lifetime conversion on the Roamio OTA we are about to upgrade to in 3 years.
  12. Jan 3, 2015 #212 of 250
    phone man

    phone man Member

    Nov 4, 2011

    I just found out about the $99 Lifetime subscription option for owners of three + year old Premieres. I called today and found out I'm eligible so I bought the Lifetime deal. No more $9.99 per month. It was a special rate for OTA only in the fall of 2011. For us it's been $9.99 for 37 months plus $99 Lifetime going forward = $469 total subscription cost since Nov 2011.

    I've been happy with the Tivo and happy to be free of catv bills for three years. Now my only expense for TV is Netflix.
  13. beyondthetech

    beyondthetech Member

    Jan 1, 2015
    New Jersey
    My 3-year anniversary of my Premiere XL4 is July 2015, so the rep would only give me $199 for Lifetime, or $99 when July hits. Considering I'm at $14.99/month, seven months of it would be $104.93, then $99. Saved $5 and took the $199 now, and it's lifetime. Thanks for the heads up.
  14. Pacomartin

    Pacomartin Member

    Jun 11, 2013
    Is there any indication when the $199 rate kicks in? Just calculating the two year monthly payments at 2*12*$15=$360 I would hope it kicks in at two years.
  15. beyondthetech

    beyondthetech Member

    Jan 1, 2015
    New Jersey
    I only went by what was on this thread, which saved me from TiVo charging me $499 for lifetime (thank you!). By the numbers, I would gather they will calculate how much it's going to be the same way they did for me. $199 is 14 months of $14.99-19.99/mo, so I think after 2 years of service, they'll consider the $199 lifetime if you play nice with the customer service rep, and $99 after 3 years of service.
  16. roto

    roto Member

    Dec 11, 2001
    New Haven, CT
    It seems the 3 year requirement isn't necessarily set in stone.

    I took advantage of the Roamio deal last month, and yesterday I finally got around to calling and cancelling the Premiere 4 I replaced. I've only had monthly service on it since October 2013. Without even asking, the representative offered lifetime for $99, and I took it.
  17. pcbrew

    pcbrew Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Can you just call ask for the reduced price lifetime or do you have to go through the cancellation dance?

    I have a Premier 4 that is less than 2 years old but shows on the account as activated from 2006 as I got it grandfathered in on a low cost plan. Any idea if this will be eligible for $99 or even $199 LT?
  18. Pacomartin

    Pacomartin Member

    Jun 11, 2013
    I doubt very much that the offers would be set in stone. I imagine corporate is very concerned about public perception of certain statistics affecting stock prices; aka this article:
    TiVo Drops Below 1 Million Retail Subscribers Dave Zatz — August 28, 2013
    No doubt the directive comes from up high not to lose subscribers.

    There is some indication that TiVo inc. may be settling for as little as $2-$3 from each DVR through the MVPD deals. Now obviously the penetration numbers are much much higher, but the retail customer is icing on the cake.
  19. wmhjr

    wmhjr Guest

    Dec 1, 2007
    I just canceled service on a Premier on Friday. That Premier was my last one, and was put in service on Nov 1, 2012. It was the only "month to month" unit I had/have. I really didn't intend to keep it that long.

    Tivo tried to convince me to purchase Lifetime at a "discount" for it. Their best price was $199. I specifically mentioned that it was too much, and I would "think about it" if it were $99. That rep put me on hold to check, but came back in 3-4 minutes and said it just was not possible. So I canceled. Already returned the CableCard to Verizon. Premier is still technically "active" as they don't shut it off immediately and pro-rate - they let the subscription run out.

    I don't see any real sense from Tivo that they're being more flexible with the lifetime issue. I'm going to hang onto it for a while since it really doesn't have that much value, and call and ask again in 6 months or so. I doubt it will ever happen now that I've taken it off my account but you never know. Even if that happens, I'd only turn around and resell it anyway so it's not a big deal.
  20. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    From what I have seen, you are more likely to get a $99 offer outright if you are a long term user and are upgrading to a Roamio. Othwerwise, it is more hit or miss, with both the CSR and their supervisor. Enabling service online and then calling to cancel has worked best for me, but once I got a $99 offer and another time the best I could do was $199.

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