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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.
Thanks, I'll go lifetime from the get-go.
How much did you pay and what model? You may have been able to get a MUCH better deal if you bought one of Spherular's codes from eBay and used that directly with TiVo, which comes with lifetime already.
I'm getting the regular Roamio.
$156 including tax and shipping. That would make my total $556 (156 + 500 - 100). If I bought a spherular code, the total would be $499 (450 + 49), so a savings of $57 by buying the code.
Here's my question, is buying and using the code all above board? I don't want any problems or issues, either now or later on. Also, if I buy the code, do I just order through tivo.com? If I do that, then do I still get the 30 day money back guarantee? Thanks.
Actually if you're a member here then he offers discounts on the code, and also if you PM him here he will do it cheaper than $49.
Yes it's all above board and yes you buy direct from TiVo using the discount code on their store site. It includes any warranty and money back guarantee as if you didn't use any code.
I just got off the phone with Tivo (First tech support, who soon passed me on to sales), and they said my TiVo Premiere was "too new" to get the $99 lifetime. This is after having it on monthly for over two years.
I also asked if having two TivoHDs for almost 8 years and a third (Premiere) for more than two years would qualify me for one of those 10-year loyalty discounts, and he said "no, it has to be at least one unit for not a day less than 10 years". I hemmed and hawwed about leaning toward the Xfinity solution and thanked him for his time, and he still didn't have anything better to offer me than upgrading the Premiere to lifetime for $199 and selling me a Roamio (Standard for $174 and Plus for $199 plus $12.99 a month or $399 lifetime).
Sure hope I get somebody different on my next try...
Nah, it's not "not a day less than 10 years": I was sent the 10-year appreciation email about 2-1/2 months or so before my 10-year anniversary; interestingly, when I then followed up and called TiVo, the rep. told me that I didn't yet qualify for the offer as it was not yet 10 years, but when I mentioned that I had received the email with the offer, he told me that the reps. had some flexibility and that I could have the offer. But this was a difference of only a few months, not years.
I tried to pm spherular, but the site requires 10 posts to pm, and this is only my fourth post. If spherular reads this, please pm me with price for code.
Just reply to one of his ebay ads with a price offer of about $30 and he should accept, especially if you mention you're a member of TCF and maybe point to this thread.
And feel free to place 6 more posts!
I got a code from him for $39.. Great service and lightning fast responses to my emails!
20 thumbs up!
I am not sure it is worth dinking about $5 or $10 to save $hundreds. Do not make what you can stretch Spherular down to for a few bucks. But, decided what you really want to own for the 'special' pricing 'coupon' he has the ability to offer and if it meets your needs - then go for it and stop looking for the last dollar. Spherular not only provides a 'coupon' service that works, but provides quick responses to any and all your sensible questions and as had been noted positively by hundreds of customers all over, there is no problem with the codes he provides [whether done on internet or via sales rep. they work].
Note that I am a customer and have no affiliation with Spherular but feel I should state his support and legitimacy.
Again, the decision is not a few bucks, just the pleasure I have had as a new Tivo Roamio+ incl. lifetime subscriber with a Spherular
and knowing that I will no longer be spending $20 a month for CATV box/DVR/remote [OOL] and if the past maintains, will break even at resale value in <18 months and without, in about 30 and still have value that seems to be proven.
So look at the big picture. Not small. And enjoy the functionality, diversity and ultimate savings that I have.
I am new to TIVO but thoroughly endorse its concept and Spherular as your way to attain your selection of a new TIVO as an outsider as I was and am a very happy CATV subscriber -despite loss of special bi-directional channels [i never watched] - along with the constant upgrades to selection and connection that TIVO offers.
Note also that I am only a new customer who is quite happy and have no affiliation with TIVO in any way.
I neglected to mention perhaps the most significant part of my convo with TiVo. When I described my desire to reduce the number of CC's I was paying for and perhaps considering an Xfinity solution, the guy I spoke with said, first of all they don't want to lose me as a customer to be ripped off by the X1 solution. Upon learning I had 3 TVs with a TiVo at each one, he initially suggested a remedy I wasn't prepared for, and thus didn't fully process it until perhaps 30 mins after the call. His initial offer was to sell me a Roamio Plus for $199 and 2 Minis for $150 each for a total of about $500. The Roamio would assume the service contract of our monthly Premiere. I asked what would be done about the Premiere, and he responded, "That would be removed from your account".
Now, I gotta admit I had entered the call so committed to keeping the Premiere with it being converted to lifetime before adding a Roamio, that I brushed off this offer much too quickly. Having thought about it since, that offer is just about up to the standard of the 10-year loyalty offers I'm NOT eligible for (without getting a code from our pal Spherular).
I agree.. I got my code from his website using his discount code for the forums. He responded to all my emails within minutes! I'm impressed!
After I purchased the code, it arrived within minutes and it worked like a charm!
I saved $220 for pretty much doing nothing. My total would have been like $735 after tax but was only $475 after tax with the code. Add in the $40 I paid for the code and my grand total comes to $515. I saved, saved, and saved some more.
Spherular is awesome and gets my vote for awesoness of the year!
I think a lot of it depends on what you have in addition to the premiere. I called to enquire about lifetime on my 2yr old premiere and they said $300. I asked about the $99 since I had been a customer for over 5 yrs and they said nope.
I picked up a roamio and figured I'd just sell the premiere and stream. I just activated a lifetime roamio plus and called to cancel my premiere. They promptly offered to give premiere lifetime for $99. Wanted to kick them, because I just bought a roamio plus with lifetime for my parents at the same time that I bought my roamio. Parents would have been fine with the premiere.
So I have an old HD with an upgraded hd with lifetime and a 4tuner premiere+stream with lifetime to sell.
In the end, at least the parents have new hardware but I wish is could have saved a few hundred bucks and didn't have to deal with selling my other units now.
And so I guess the trick is, call in and "ask" about cancelling, and see how TiVo responds--just like with cellphone carriers . . . .
I logged into my tivo.com account today and saw that there was an item in the cart. It was a roamio plus for $399.99 AND lifetime service for $199.99. No idea why this price is being offered to me. I was thinking of buying a code from spherular, but now I don't have to.
Has anyone else seen this? Or know why this price is being offered. I've only been a customer for 4+ years, so I don't think it's related to the 10 year loyalty discount.
I too logged in yesterday and saw that same deal being offered. Too bad I'm not really in a position to take them up on it right now, but yes, it was there in my cart.
Wow, that is spherular's price. I'd advise checking to see if the Pro is just 100 more like in Spherular's pricing, because if so that's cheaper than going out and buying a 3tb to have installed and you don't have to switch it out if you have to send it back in for service.
And BTW for all who were still wondering if Spherular's codes still work after somebody said they did not, I got another code for my father from Spherular yesterday and it worked fine. No issues.
I logged in last night just to make sure I didn't have something in my cart, and I was confronted with "Nice Try" - well, sort of - as my cart was empty.
Back after nine years!! I just used the Friends and Family deal (https://www.tivo.com/promo/friendsandfamily) to purchase a Roamio Basic w/lifetime and a Mini for $621 shipped. I am going to order a second Mini from Amazon w/some cashback
Is the F&F the same as the code that the guy is selling on eBay? If so, I was able to get a code from a nice person on Reddit for free