Question for grandfathered $6.95/month subscribers.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Balzer, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Nov 7, 2011 #1 of 18
    Balzer

    Balzer Active Member

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    Hello.

    My TivoHD hard drive died a few months ago, so I purchased a Premiere and called Tivo to transfer my grandfathered $6.95/month subscription to that. I was kinda surprised that they did it, although I am OTA only, so I guess that makes sense. It's only 3 bucks less than an OTA subscription.

    My question is this. If I decided to replace the drive in the old TivoHD and get that one up and running again, does anyone know how much they will charge for a subscription? Do you think they would let me go with another $6.95 for that one too, or even a multi-room discount? I wouldn't want pay any more than that, because it would be OTA also. In fact, if I could use it with no subscription to watch live TV and to transfer videos from the Premiere that would be cool. I think watching live TV will work without a sub, but transferring videos won't work, right?

    What do you think? I suppose I could call Tivo and ask....
     
  2. Nov 7, 2011 #2 of 18
    Emacee

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    I agree.

    Yes, I'm surprised they did it.

    Yes, I think you should call Tivo (anything posted here will be a guess).

    When you call, to quote Clint Eastwood, you should ask yourself: Do you feel lucky? From what I've read, there is no price break on subscriptions for OTA only users. So, that won't matter.
     
  3. Nov 7, 2011 #3 of 18
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    The cheapest rate you'll get is the current regular MSD rate which is $9.95/mo provided you have a qualifying full price subscription.
     
  4. Nov 7, 2011 #4 of 18
    Balzer

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    Yea.. I probably don't have a qualifying full price subscription. :)
     
  5. Nov 7, 2011 #5 of 18
    unitron

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    Your grandfathered $6.95 should be the qualifying sub, unless you had that rate on the HD as a result of having had another full price per month or lifetimed TiVo at the time, in which case removing that one from the account should have invalidated any MSD, grandfathered or otherwise, on the HD.

    Sounds like you might have missed a chance to get $99 lifetime on that HD when you picked up the Premiere though.

    By which I don't mean that getting the Premiere cost you that chance, rather it would have created it, if you'd had that HD for at least 3 years.
     
  6. Nov 7, 2011 #6 of 18
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You would be getting 9.95. Without a subscription you would not even be able to record or transfer anything.
     
  7. Nov 7, 2011 #7 of 18
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Nope. A qualifying sub has to be a full priced subscription.
    Correct, but he could have the low rate on a single tivo as the result of a retention offer.
    If he adds the Tivo HD as a second Tivo and doesn't have a full priced Tivo on his account, he most likely will have to pay $12.95/mo.
     
  8. Nov 7, 2011 #8 of 18
    unitron

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    If he has a single TiVo at $6.95 per month as a result of a retention offer, then for him that is full price, and it should make any additional TiVos eligible for MSD, at least to my way of thinking.

    He should be able to call or go online to TiVo and find out. Probably better to do that then ask us.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2011 #9 of 18
    aaronwt

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    Before I purchased my Elite I was wondering about what boxes on my account would qualify for MSD since I was going to sell a couple. My $6.95 box was the only one that would not qualify for MSD.

    Although it wasn't from a retention offer. It was from when I got a launch Premiere and was transferred from a TiVo HD.
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    So what you mean is that the $6.95 box wouldn't qualify any additional TiVos for MSD but you could keep only that TiVo and get rid of the rest and still only have to pay $6.95 per month on it?
     
  11. aaronwt

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    If I had no more boxes on my account I would lose that rate and that $6.95 rate also couldn't be used to to allow other boxes to get a discount.
    At least that is what they told me. I was more concerned about my Lifetime Premieres if I sold a couple but the $6.95 box on my account was the only box that would cause any issues. And I would have to only have that one box on my account for it to cause me a problem. Which was never going to happen.
     
  12. Balzer

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    Yea, the $6.95 was a retention offer back on my original Series1. I had called to cancel my service because I was going to use the cable companies HD box since Tivo didn't have an HD box at the time. So they offered that rate if I kept the service active. Then eventually I transferred that to the TivoHD and now the Premiere.

    I did go online and put the TSN for the HD in and it did say it would be $12.95 a month to subscribe that. I haven't done that yet because I still have to get a hard drive for it, and haven't decided if I'll do it yet.

    Thanks for all the comments everyone.
     
  13. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    You got TiVo to move your cheap sub from your S1 to your HD and then to your Premiere?

    I'd say you've had a pretty reasonable share of TiVo luck.
     
  14. jfh3

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    You won't get $6.95. I suspect $12.95, possibly $9.95.
     
  15. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Especially with the Premiere. IIRC, there was a really small window between when the Premiere was released and when TiVo changed their pricing structure.
     
  16. atmuscarella

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    I believe the Premiere was released March 2010 and the $99 Premiere with $19.99/mo service pricing didn't start until 11/14/2010. I guess you could call 7+ months a small window but I wouldn't.
     
  17. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I guess I suffer from "internet time". :p
    I was thinking 3 months, maybe 4 tops. :eek:
     
  18. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    As I've already stated.
    No way. A full priced subscription is required, not just another sub'd Tivo.

    As I'd expect.
     

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