REALLY disappointed

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mermama1, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. mermama1

    mermama1 New Member

    Dec 12, 2011


    Bought my elderly parents TIVO, there was no Lifetime offered at the time. THEN they offered again, so I paid to upgrade after having paid for three year. Now barely a year later they need an HD Tivo because we bought them a new TV for Christmas, but TIVO will not transfer at all - they are in their 80's!!! Just trying to make their last years pleasant - it's not easy to deal with technology when you're getting on in years - Taught them to use TIVO, now will have to dump Tivo for the cable company DVR - too bad - VERY hard for my dad to learn new technical things. Tivo - you have no heart and I have been your very great fan since the BEGINNING!! I have bought multiple Tivo gifts. No more.:thumbsdown:
    Just thing about a confused old man having to try to learn a cable DVR at his stage in life. Really uncool.
  2. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

    Feb 3, 2004
    Tivo's with lifetime normally or used to carry a good resale value. Can't help you with the hassle it is going to be but a good way to recoup some of the money you had put out of pocket.
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Specifically what model number TiVo did you originally get for them?
  4. taronga

    taronga Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    You don't NEED an HD Tivo just because you have an HDTV. I'm still using a series 2 with my 37" LCD HDTV. Obviously the picture quality is nothing special, but it's completely watchable. Providing the Tivo is still working fine and your parents aren't videophiles, I don't see what the problem is.
  5. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008


    Seems that you figured this out in time so that you can return your purchase. Not sure why you assumed that Tivo would transfer lifetime and lose money on the deal, but you can return unless you chose to purchase the discounted lifetime and sell their old unit.
  6. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    I'd be disappointed in myself too if I had done all that w/o paying attention to the details.
  7. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

    Feb 8, 2009
    So the OP upgrades in technology and its TiVo's fault...why?

    sounds like B/S to me
  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    As the others have said:
    A: Tivo has rarely transferred lifetime, certainly not for free.(tiny handful of notable exceptions)
    B: This was only a year ago, I would have thought you would have considered the fact that HD was very much on the way, even for your folks.
    C: You can still use the SD Tivo with the HD Set.

    If you're spending that much on lifetime it behooves one to do a little bit of research first.
  9. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003

    ....just like we do in the master bedroom. HD in den with HDTivo. SD in bedrooms with Series 2.
  10. JimboG

    JimboG Member

    May 27, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    You paid for product lifetime service on a standard def TiVo within the last year and somehow this is TiVo's fault? Really?

    A year ago TiVo had already released the original Series 3 TiVo, the TiVo HD, and the TiVo Premiere. If you had any inkling that either one of your elderly parents had the visual acuity to enjoy HDTV in their final years you should have bought them an HD TiVo instead of spending more on an obsolete SD TiVo.

    Even so, your parents could still continue to use the SD TiVo with the same user interface and same modest picture quality to which they've become accustomed. I don't see a big problem here, much less a problem that is TiVo's fault rather than your own.
  11. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    Why do people expect corporations to have a heart? Where would you put it in the building? Should it get it's own cubicle? Does it sit in a jar on someone's desk? Will they need a scientist or doctor or something on staff to maintain it and make sure it doesn't rot? Does it earn a salary?
  12. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    So (according to Mitt and the Supremes) corporations are people, just not people with hearts?

    That explains so much.
  13. hc130radio

    hc130radio Active Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Rockwall TX
    should have done your research before plunking down a sizeable amount of coin for this sweet technology.

    p.s. its not Tivo's fault your parents are 80 and they switched to HD.
  14. timatkn

    timatkn Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Not sure how this is TIVO's fault. As other's have said you should be able to sell the TIVO with lifetime to recoup costs so you shouldn't be out much anyway.

    If your parents struggle with technology tell them to have fun with the cable company's DVR :) Maybe they have changed in the last year, but not as simple to run as a TIVO when I made the switch.

  15. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    It sounds to me like the OP is really disappointed in him/herself but wants someone else to blame. This is what is wrong with America.
  16. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

    Apr 29, 2001
    Santa Rosa,...
    We're still using two Series 1 units with our similarly sized hdtv. The picture quality is only so-so, but then so is most of the network tv we have to choose from. It's good to be consistent. ;)
  17. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    :D Must be the holiday spirit. So many openings here but .... don't worry, be happy! :cool:
  18. mjsmith3

    mjsmith3 Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Fairfield, CT
    If corporations always bent over backwards to make up for other peoples' mistakes, they'd soon be taken advantage of by dishonest people and criminals and then they'd be out of business. Or they'd be making toasters for $100 like in Russia. If you want socialism and not capitalism you should move to Europe
  19. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    YES, just look a Costco old return policy, if you were ever unhappy with any product, return it and get a new one of anything, people were bringing in old tube type TVs and making an exchange for a new flat panel TV, that just one example, in the Costco case, that shows people will take advantage of a good thing even if they have to cheat a little.

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