Quick price question- prepay costs more?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by MichaelK, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    Sorry I haven't been paying that much attention to pricing of late and the Giant thread about hte price changes isn't even a day of light reading...


    Am I missing something or is it SUPPOSED to cost more to pay for a year of service on another box then if I just go month to month?

    I have an "old" S2-DT that i used before I got my 2 S3's. I was thinking of adding it back on my account but when I go to tivo.com to price it, it looks like it's 10.95 a month for a 1-year commitment (or 131.40). But if I dont make the monthly payments and opt to just pay it all right now (and give them the use of my money for a year) it costs almost FIFTY dollars more to buy a full year at $179.

    Am i missing something or is that the intent of the new pricing model???

    I guess there's no discount for multiple boxes if I prepay?
     
  2. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    There is no prepay option for MSD.
     
  3. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    thanks

    I guess I'll keep my money and pay them each month....
     
  4. wolflord11

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

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    Whats the point with Prepay if you do not get a discount and in fact pay alot more?

    Just another of the Tivo Payment Plan mysteries. :D
     
  5. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Nobody is telling you to prepay. If you want MSD, pay monthly. Simple. What mystery?
     
  6. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    The point is you don't prepay if you get the MSD.

    Cost options (highest to lowest):
    1. Monthly full price
    2. Prepay
    3. MSD

    While that may be a mystery to you, it isn't that hard to wrap your mind around.
     
  7. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    They should offer MSD prepay plans that are lower than paying monthly MSD. I'd pay $199 for 3 years on a MSD box.
     
  8. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Prepay for MSD does not make sense because that rate is dependent on another unit in your account. Your "3-year MSD prepay" is no longer good for 3 years if you discontinue the qualifying unit.
     
  9. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    see post #2
     
  10. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't there a point where people *could* prepay and the prepaid amount was simply deducted at the MSD rate rather than the current monthly rate?

    If there was, I thought there was actually some logic in doing it that way, but I can't remember what it was..
     
  11. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Yes, for whatever reason, there are people who REALLY REALLY REALLY don't want to pay monthly. You can buy a TiVo gift card and sign up with MSD.
     
  12. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    They could just make it $5 a box no matter what, and be done with it. Or just charge me what the box really costs to make, plus 25%, and make the service free.
     
  13. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    Yes, you still can - use a gift subscription (non-lifetime) or a gift card.
     
  14. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    I did that - the logic was grabbing one of the deals where the "rebate" was taken off upfront and you did not have to maill anything in :) TiVo closed that loophole though on such deals
     
  15. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    I think that's the move I'm going to make actually. It's a long story....
     
  16. parzec

    parzec Wizard of Oz

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    Everybody always seems to forget to factor in the loss of compound interest on that money if you elect to pay one lump sum in advance --- it turns out pre-pay is really not as good a deal as one might think.
     
  17. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    sometimes there are other factors besides what is the most economical choice.

    ease, convenience, etc.
     
  18. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    you are talking just a small amount on 300$ though.
     
  19. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Most of the public doesn't think that way though.
     

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