Roamio Deals?

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  1. Apr 6, 2015 #2141 of 3246
    MrSinatra

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    hi all,

    I am hoping some experts here will tell me what to do / whats the best deal I can expect?

    I currently have a Premiere XL (2 tuner) and a series 2. they both have lifetime subs. the series 2 is in a different location; it dates back to Feb 2006, and so I call that 10 years.

    I live in NYC and want to eliminate TWC equipment.

    my apt has coax in each area already. I own my cable modem and router.

    my plan, (and its open to suggestions), is to buy a roamio pro, put it in the living room, and move the XL from there into my bedroom. I will also buy a mini for a roommate.

    the living room TiVo will have a wired Ethernet connection to the router (as well as a cable card and TWC tuning adapter w/usb). the bedroom equipment will not. from what I understand, I will need one moca adapter for the XL in my bedroom, and no wireless adapters are required anywhere, so I should only need the coax cable connection for the mini (no moca adapter).

    so...

    I priced the pro and mini out, and got $1,149:

    600 roamio
    400 lifetime
    149 mini

    and I think that is CRAZY. surely there must be a way to get that under $1k? but how do I do so? how do I leverage the 10 years?

    (I am aware I could just get the plus and do external storage, but I want to avoid that if possible)

    additionally, I have 2 old series 2 boxes I want them to activate lifetime gratis, for buying the above. I have heard they will do this without too much hassle, b/c its no skin off their nose to do so, (as long as you're buying other big stuff). the other location where my existing lifetime series 2 is, gets analog cable service believe it or not.

    so any help or light anyone can shed would be awesome! :) thx!!!
     
  2. Apr 6, 2015 #2142 of 3246
    Mikeguy

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    The loyalty deal is for 10 years (and 10 years is that, not 9). But a few people have posted getting it at less, one at 7 years--and others have posted that they were told no by TiVo, that it is a strict 10 years. I received a TiVo loyalty offer email at 2 or 3 months before 10 years; when I called TiVo about it, I was told I didn't yet qualify, but when I mentioned having received the email, I was told I could get it and that the rep. had a little flexibility.

    Otherwise, the infamous spherular deal through eBay, for lifetimed Roamios (standard, Pro and Plus): http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=516044. And if you email him about the deal and offer a fair amount, he sometimes is reported to have come down a bit in the eBay auction amount for his services (not the TiVo pricing).

    I've not heard of TiVo giving away lifetime for free, for S2 sets. But maybe you have a secret sauce. ;) Seems to me that TiVo would be losing a sale with that, which it doesn't seem to do lightly.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2015 #2143 of 3246
    innocentfreak

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    Isn't the 10 year deal cheaper than the ebay code?
     
  4. Apr 6, 2015 #2144 of 3246
    HarperVision

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    Yes
     
  5. Apr 6, 2015 #2145 of 3246
    b-ball-fanatic

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    Maybe you do, but TiVo probably uses regular math and calls that nine.


    I think those ebay deals could get you in under a thousand....
     
  6. Apr 7, 2015 #2146 of 3246
    HarperVision

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    Or you can do the refurb or Military/Veteran $0/99/199 down deal for a Roamio/Plus/Pro which initially is $19.95/month with a 2 yr contract. Then once it's setup on your account, go back into your online account in the first 30 days and switch it over to an annual plan for $149 ($129 for MSD). Unfortunately the Lifetime and cheaper monthly rates aren't selectable, but the annual rate is and it's still a great deal. Basically ~$250 for a Roamio Plus with now only a one year commitment/contract and a year of service paid for.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2015 #2147 of 3246
    raqball

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    I don't see the Military deal as being that great.

    Roamio base for free then $20 a month for 24 months = $480 then you still have to pay for year 3, 4, 5 ect.

    The eBay code deal is $450 + the cost of the code = about $490 but you have lifetime service..
     
  8. Apr 7, 2015 #2148 of 3246
    altern8545

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    i went to ebay and purchased a tivo promo discount (was asking $50 but he/she accepted my offer of $25) and picked up a roamio plus for $599 with lifetime. the tivo mini v1 can be had for a little over $115-120 with lifetime and you can sell your older tivo and replace them with the mini's.

    i went the extra mile and picked up a WD RED 3TB for $100 and replaced the stock drive as well.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2015 #2149 of 3246
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I guess you didn't actually read my post?

     
  10. Apr 7, 2015 #2150 of 3246
    SteveD

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    You might as well get the Pro for $699 as it already comes with the 3TB drive installed.
     
  11. Apr 7, 2015 #2151 of 3246
    altern8545

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    yup, in hindsight, that would have been easier hahah
     
  12. Apr 7, 2015 #2152 of 3246
    raqball

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    I read the post but was surprised that Tivo would let you do that with a promo. Are you not locked into the 2-year deal as it's stated?
     
  13. Apr 7, 2015 #2153 of 3246
    HarperVision

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    Apparently not because I and many others have done it since I posted the workaround a few months ago.
     
  14. Apr 7, 2015 #2154 of 3246
    raqball

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    Sweet! :up: :up:
     
  15. Apr 9, 2015 #2155 of 3246
    MrSinatra

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    thanks everyone for your replies.

    it sounds like the ebay deal would get me what I want at $848 [699 r.pro + 149 mini] (& not including the ebay price of ~$50-$70) which is a total I could live with I guess. (oddly, no ebay savings on the mini over the TiVo site price)

    however, someone said the 10 year deal is cheaper. lets put aside if I qualify or not, and just assume I do, what are the specifics of the 10 year deal? how does it work? what would the prices be under it? how do I ask for it?

    thanks!
     
  16. Apr 9, 2015 #2156 of 3246
    Mikeguy

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    You would call TiVo sales/support and ask for the loyalty deal (you probably would want to refrain from calling it the 10-year loyalty deal). And the pricing then works out to: buy a Roamio standard/Plus/Pro from TiVo at its full retail price, and then get a lifetime subscription for the set for $99 on the Plus/Pro, $199 on the Roamio standard.

    No special pricing on the Mini (as the Mini already comes with lifetime)--it's on the main units.

    The biggest sweet spot here seems to be with the Roamio standard and for the Roamio Plus (and then for the Plus, you can add in yourself a 3TB drive for less than the price difference between the Plus and Pro, and then you have a Pro).
     
  17. Apr 9, 2015 #2157 of 3246
    MrSinatra

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    ok, so that would work out to the same amount then; its only cheaper by virtue of the fact I wouldn't have to pay someone on ebay for a code, right?

    so the trick will be getting Tivo to agree I am worthy of the 10 year deal, (if they in fact, challenge me on it when I ask for the loyalty deal).

    06, 07, 08, 09, 10, *** 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

    that's why I said earlier I was a 10 year guy, but of course it depends on how one wants to count it, meaning, 'in' the tenth year vs the 'end' of the tenth year. also to be considered is: subscription time prior to my feb 06 lifetime, DirecTV, etc... in other words, turn on the charm and state a reasonable case for leniency.

    we shall see. i'll just keep calling back til I get a kind soul.

    btw, when I order the mini, are they all now the TCDA93000 models or do they still sell TCDA92000s? any point in specifically asking for a 93000?

    and say I get the deal, can I get any other freebies out of them? like a remote or wireless adapter? I don't have any secret sauce, but over the years I have read here or there that sometimes a bigger order can get some old series 2 boxes activated with lifetime for free. I guess I could try for that too.
     
  18. Mikeguy

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    Well, it can't hurt to ask (if done nicely). I doubt another subscription--that's a many hundred dollars. But some people have reported bartering for a glow/slide remote or a TiVo plush toy (yeah, I know, just want you want, lol).
     
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  19. debtoine

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    I don't really want to go back through 44 pages of this thread, so I hope people don't mind me asking this question after the (current) last post.

    Yesterday, we were offered $500, including a Lifetime sub, for a Roamio Plus under the loyalty deal.

    I mentioned that Amazon has the Plus for less than Tivo sells it, but the CSR told me that we wouldn't be able to get the $99 Lifetime sub on any TSN sold via Amazon.

    Is the $500 the best case for us or is there something else out there to make the deal sweeter?

    Thanks,

    deb
     
  20. Mikeguy

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    Actually, you wouldn't have to go through the entire thread, just read from the most recent posts back a few pages, to get the latest info.

    Yes, the loyalty deal is the best available, for the reason the TiVo rep. told you.

    Some have managed to get TiVo to sweeten the pot slightly, as mentioned in the posts a few above.
     

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