Premiere Lifetime for $99

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

  1. squint

    squint New Member

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    It might help if you've already upgraded to a lifetime Roamio and already disconnected your monthly Premiere.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    It would have hit the 3 year mark this coming November.

    Is the monthly rent on it times 9 anywhere in the vicinity of $100?

    Because you could have looked at that $199 as paying $100 for service through the first of November of this year and having it on $99 lifetime after that.

    I fear resale value without a sub is going to be quite unimpressive.
     
  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    A premiere is worth around $30, at best, without a subscription. I have purchased three of them for $25 in different transactions from craigslist, gotten lifetime on all. One for 200, and two for 100. Good luck.
     
  4. pcbrew

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    I am in similar situation - activated in July 2013 and just took their Roamio deal in December. But, I struck out completely this week on any kind of LT discount for the Premier 4.
    Guess I'll try again next month.
     
  5. wmhjr

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    I am a long term user. I have 2 Roamio Pros, had this Premier, 2 minis, and an HD. I was purchasing another 2 minis.
     
  6. wmhjr

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    No, the monthly rent would have been $135. So, doing it then would actually be even more expensive than just doing it now.

    Doing it now... $199
    Total cost of doing it in Nov: $234

    In either case, I would frankly just be paying for lifetime to sell it and break even with my lifetime upgrade. Makes zero sense.

    I am not thinking about resale without a sub. As I said, I may try a couple times over the next handful of months and ask again. If it comes down to $99 then I'll bite and resell it. But in the meantime I've removed it and am not paying for service.

    My guess remains that I'll keep it in storage as a "spare" for a while, and will end up throwing it away.
     
  7. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    You should have hung up when they sent you to cancellations and called right back and started the process over again. You don't have any leverage once the service is cancelled.

    You also need to check your credit card to make sure they really cancelled the service. This sounds like one of those scenarios where the CSR will accidentally on purpose not cancel your service and hope you don't notice.
     
  8. dcline414

    dcline414 New Member

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    The cancellation (aka advanced services?) department is the only one that has access to deals like $99 lifetime.

    I followed the prompts to cancellation, and told the rep we were just trying to cut our bills down and wanted to find out about getting lifetime service. Since we had to wait two weeks until the 3 year mark, she said that she had noted my account so anyone would be able to assist me when I called back.

    I just followed the prompts to general account service when I called back, and the rep said they had to transfer me to advanced services because only they had access to the place where the code needed to be entered for the lifetime discount.

    So not just any rep can do it.
     
  9. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I never got sent to advanced services. The CR that answered my call eventually wound up giving me the $99 lifetime service, but put me on hold a couple of times.

    I was initially told that the 2 tuner premiere was their latest most advanced model and it was impossible to get $99 lifetime service. The premiere wasn't even on my account previously until I added it 22 days before I called to cancel. It was in service for 2 years on someone elses account.
     
  10. h2oskierc

    h2oskierc I'm a 2-Tuner

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    Sweet! PLS for $99. Thanks for the heads up all. Activated mine 12/10/2010...
     
  11. Feb 6, 2015 #231 of 250
    wish_bgr

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    I upgraded to the refurbished Roamio Pro for $199, $19.99 monthly when it was offered around Thanksgiving 2014. I got around to setting it up on 2/2/15, as I didn't want to FUBAR during the Super Bowl (and also had a bunch of shows on the Premiere to get around to)

    I successfully transferred the Comcast CableCard over to the new unit, and called a couple days later to check if I needed to discontinue the Premiere and switch over to just the Roamio Pro. As he thanked me for my 9 years of total service, the rep offered the PLS for $99. I took it, as I would set up this unit for my parents.

    Checking when I activated the Premiere, it was back in 12/2011. I'm off to set up a CableCard for the parentals!
     
  12. jaydro

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    Just my $0.02: came back to this thread after originally ignoring it when I thought it only applied to those adding a new device and wanting to convert an older device to lifetime.

    I have a Premiere XL activated under the antenna-only $9.99/month promotion in the fall of 2011. I called, chose the "cancel service" line, said I'm thinking about cancelling, but wondered if I could get a discount on lifetime service. The CSR said absolutely, since I had an over-ten-year-old SVR2000 with lifetime on my account (hah! I tried to get that removed after it went to electronics recycling--had never transferred it to another TiVo because I had DirecTiVo for many years) and had over three years on my XL: $99.

    No problems. Done and done.

    Thanks to all the posters.
     
  13. cwag17

    cwag17 New Member

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    I called today and flat out asked if there were any discounted lifetime plans available for the unit that I have (Premiere 4 original Activation 3/13). The rep said that since it was less than 3 years activated she could do the $199 lifetime and credit what I have paid monthly towards it (I reactivated it a few months ago). So it ended up costing me ~$140 which I am happy with. Call took less than 5 minutes.
     
  14. sideshot

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    I just got the $99.99 lifetime on both boxes the premier was 3+ yrs. and the XL4 would have been 3yrs at 6/15 I had a nice rep he was helpful I didn't yell and scream cancellation I was upfront and we worked it out I don't now if being a past beta tester and being on TiVo advisors panel had anything to do with it but I am happy and had a positive experience.:)
     
  15. JHawk

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    I bought a Premiere as an open box for $30 at Nebraska Furniture Mart a couple of years ago. Honestly, I bought it for the remote. I forgot about the Premiere until I started cleaning my basement storage area. After reading this thread I decided to call. Tivo rep confirmed it had never been activated. He offered me the $199 lifetime. I have several other Tivo boxes and have been with them for 13 years which may have played a part in the $199 price. Got a case number as I wasn't sure the Premiere would work since it had been in storage so long but by damn it fired right up. I'm going to take the deal.
     
  16. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Probably just as good as or better than, total money wise, paying monthly
    'til March of 2016 and then paying $99.
     
  17. rexreed

    rexreed New Member

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    Just called to actvate Roamio OTA and then called back to cacel my Premiere after transferring shows. They offerred $99 lifetime on he Premiere. It had been in service 2 years and 2 months. It was a $50 refurb from tivo but I always suspected it was new as I never saw so much as a smudge on it. So now I have a LT Premiere. It will be hard to go back to a Premiere after getting used to the Roamio...
     
  18. Mar 1, 2015 #238 of 250
    Brez717

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    Consistency sure doesn't seem to be a strong point with TiVO CS - I called on Tuesday to inquire about a better deal on my Premiere XL that has been active since 2010 on a yearly. Was offered NOTHING on that box. I was fishing for the $99 lifetime...

    CS Rep did offer a deal on Roamio to replace the S2 DT I've had on $6.95 monthly since 2007 (I think). Think I will take advantage of that one.

    Meanwhile, been a subscriber since 2000 - where was/is 10+ loyalty..?

    Maybe when calling to accept the Roamio deal I can get the Premiere lifetimed at $99.
     
  19. Mar 1, 2015 #239 of 250
    davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    Did you explicitly ask about either of those deals? I don't think they're promoted or volunteered...
     
  20. Mar 1, 2015 #240 of 250
    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Agreed. Call back and shop around for other CSR. Ask directly. Call back. My good luck took a little perseverence.
     

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