Roamio Deals?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. srauly

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    To be honest, the lifetime plan was never an obvious winner for me in the past (I was always thinking that technology would advance and something better/cheaper would come out the next year, so I always pushed off any inkling I had to get it). And here we are today, and I still find myself feeling that way. But if the price was right, I could justify going for it. But...

    I just noticed that the TiVo website indicates that if you go with one of their monthly or annual plans, you also get a pseudo-extended warranty such that if your TiVo breaks, you can replace it (with a refurb unit) for $49. But if you have lifetime, you're on your own.

    Now, I've had some really, really old TiVo's and they seem rock solid (the one device that broke was due to an electrical issue and me not having it plugged into a surge protector). So I wouldn't normally want to spend extra money on an extended warranty on a TiVo, but this seems like a decent deal, and has me second-guessing things. I may just go ahead and go with the Amazon (or Best Buy price-matched) $300 Roamio Plus and go with an annual plan.
     
  2. tivowiz

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    I called today, asked about getting the 10 year $99 lifetime deal on a new TIvo Romio, the initial CSR indicated that according to my account I was NOT eligible, but, asked if I'd like to be passed to a sales rep since there were all kinds of deals that she wasn't aware of. I said, sure... I asked the sales rep of any deals available, and was told I was eligible for the 10 year/$99 lifetime deal on a new Romio, so I jumped on it. It's always worth asking further....
     
  3. srauly

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Just to clarify...the $99 lifetime promo on a Roamio requires that I buy the Roamio directly from TiVo, right? I wouldn't be able to buy a $300 Roamio Plus from Amazon and still possibly get the $99 lifetime promo, right?
     
  4. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yes, only direct from TiVo. I posted this a few pages back, which may be another option for you:

     
  5. srauly

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    That refurb deal actually sounds appealing to me. Do you know if a refurb on a monthly or annual plan still gets their "Continual Care warranty"?

    Also, I don't see any refurb Roamios (or any refurb TiVos at all, for that matter) on the Outlet page of TiVo's website. Does that mean that they don't have any right now, or do I need to call in for that deal?
     
  6. srauly

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    OK, I think I found the refurb deal here:
    https://www.tivo.com/shop/promo/zero-down-factory-renewed-roamio

    And I see that it mentions that they come with the Continual Care warranty, which sounds good.

    So my only concern would be whether I really could switch from their overpriced monthly plan price of $20/month (with 2-year commitment) to a 1-year MSD $129/year price. Other than your post, I'm having difficulty finding any posts from anyone who have confirmed being able to do this, and if your experience was due to a bug in their system, I worry that I'd miss out.

    Can you point me to some other posts where others have confirmed that they've been able to do this?
     
  7. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I recall at least two others saying that they did it. Not sure I'll have time to research today, pretty busy. You have a 30 day Money Back Guarantee so even if it doesn't work you can just send it back for a refund.
     
  8. tivowiz

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    I called yesterday and was able to get the deal. The first person I talked to (not a sales rep) told me that I wasn't eligible, but, she transferred me to sales since "they always have some sort of promo going on". The salesperson told me I was eligible and I ordered a Romio with lifetime for "retail" + $99 lifetime (and a Mini as well).
     
  9. ecoblue

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    I've been a TiVo customer since 2001 and currently have two Premieres (Model TCD746320) with Lifetime.

    Thanks to this thread, and a quick call to TiVo yesterday, I have a Roamio Plus and TiVo Mini 2 with Lifetime on their way (ETA Friday). I paid $399 for the Roamio Plus, $99 for the Lifetime service, and $149 for the Mini 2. The CS rep was very friendly and made sure that I qualified for the 10 year loyalty deal before taking my order.

    The CS rep said it didn't matter that I no longer had an active service plan on the oldest TiVo--it was more important that I had at least 10 years of gap free TiVo service (YMMV).
     
  10. srauly

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    Thanks again for the follow-up replies to my questions/concerns. After my last (unsuccessful) call, I decided to hook up my TiVo HD to ethernet and have it "dial in" to update the data, etc. The guy I spoke to last had suggested that I might need to do so to qualify for MRD pricing, etc. So I figured maybe that might have an effect on me getting this long-time customer promo as well.

    I'm not sure if that mattered or not, but I just got off the phone with them and had no trouble getting the $399 + $99 lifetime deal on the Roamio Plus. I also added a Mini 2 to the package @ $149.

    Part of me still wonders if the refurb Roamio Plus @ $99 (assuming I could easily switch it to an annual plan) might have been the more appealing deal to me. I know that having the lifetime subscription on it gives it real value as a resellable unit, but I've never been very good about reselling things (I have tons of old gadgets in my basement that would have been worth something on eBay at one point in time, but are now so old that only an odd collector would care about them).

    So, I think it came to around $685 or so after taxes for the two boxes. Ugh. And this is to replace my Windows Media Center setup which has two HDHomeRun PRIME tuner boxes (3 tuners each) and XBox 360 in the other room serving as a streamer. So, IOW, some WMC fans might argue that I'm crazy to spend nearly $700 to get basically the same functionality I already have.

    I guess I am a little bit crazy, and perhaps some of this is just about wanting a change of pace. But there are some usability and reliability issues that I periodically experience with the WMC setup, and they have a knack for popping up when I'm out of town. Trying to troubleshoot that sort of thing over the phone with my wife is no fun. With the TiVo, I expect to be able to tell her to just unplug the TiVo, wait a minute, and plug it back in. At least, that's how easy it was years ago when we were actively using my older TiVos.

    There may be some nostalgia here as well, with the old TiVo remote that I loved, and the UI. Hopefully we'll find the latest gen of TiVo devices to be an improvement over our WMC experience which, to be honest, has been pretty good overall (I suspect that I could clean up some of the reliability issues we've experienced over the last year by reinstalling Windows or something, but that's not much fun).

    I am a little worried about the remote control situation, though. On the one hand, I really loved the TiVo remote and would love to use it again, but we also have an Apple TV that we use somewhat, which means that we either need to use two remotes, or we'll have to continue using my Harmony remote.
     
  11. tarheelblue32

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    Depending on what you use the Apple TV for, you may find that it doesn't get as much use as it used to after you switch to the TiVo. Since the Roamio and Mini have built in Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime apps, I find that I very rarely use my Roku anymore. I think I've only used it once in the last couple of months. With such seldom use, using 2 remotes isn't that big of a deal.
     
  12. srauly

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    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. The one thing I do like being able to do is Airplay music from my iPhone to the ATV in my living room while we're eating dinner. But I suppose I could live with using the Pandora UI on the TiVo.
     
  13. Arcady

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    If you have TiVo Desktop on your computer, you can play your iTunes library on the TiVo just as easily.
     
  14. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    When I tried pointing it to my iTunes library it said there were no playable files in there. What am I doing wrong? I just assumed it wouldn't allow that type of file.
     
  15. Arcady

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    My library is pretty much all mp3 files. I run TiVo Desktop from a Mac. I assumed it would work the same on PC. Maybe you have AAC files?
     
  16. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    idk, I'll check.
     
  17. Fofer

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    It's been a long while since I've used this, but there are several ways to make AAC files also work with TiVo Desktop:

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20050217074716445
    https://gigaom.com/2007/06/05/itunes-plus-files-unplayable-by-tivo/
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=289569
     
  18. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Thanks Fofer. I don't really care about that functionality as I don't listen to music through my TiVo. I just recall when I setup TD and it's asks to link your music, I pointed it to my iTunes folder and it said no playable music, so I bagged it.

    Maybe I'll try it again. :)
     
  19. bkoester

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    Just did this myself. I got the exact same confirmation and was charged an additional $130. However, if you notice although it lists the MSD price of $129.99, they charge the full $149.99 for the annual plan. This is what they said I would be charged online:

    Your payment plan changes have been made.
    Your new TiVo service plan:
    $129.99 Annual plan
    The selected plan will begin on 2/25/15 .
    Includes Multi-service discount pricing.
    TiVo Device TiVo service Tax Subtotal
    Current price $99.99 $19.99 $6.25 $126.23
    New price $99.99 $149.99 $129.99 $6.25 $236.23
    $0.00 $110.00 $0.00 Total

    Don't think I'll risk calling about the $20 overcharge.
     
  20. matt586

    matt586 New Member

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    Hello All,
    Does anybody know if you pickup the refurb for ($0/$99/$199) pricing and then change the service out for lifetime w/3 year warranty? I was considering trying to get the Tivo Plus Refurb for $99, then converting to lifetime with a 3 year warranty. If it works, I think the whole rig would be around $640.

    Thanks
     

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