Roamio Deals?

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

  1. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio


    The rule has always been that TiVo will never transfer product lifetime service to a newer model unit. But if TiVo still has any Series 4 units for sale, the OP might be able to replace his Elite with another (probably refurbished) Series 4 unit, with payment of a transfer fee which would depend on how long he's had it. At least they should still allow that when a unit fails.
  2. nycityuser

    nycityuser Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    New York, NY
    Wow, thanks for the info as I was completely unaware. How long has this been the case?

    I seem to have purchased the extended warranty unnecessarily. I acquired my Roamio Pro in January 2014 with a promo that allowed me to transfer the $6.95/month cost from an older TiVo to it and pay only $399 for the unit. I bought the 3 year warranty at the time but obviously can get a broken unit replaced for $49 without the warranty.
  3. Kingpcgeek

    Kingpcgeek Couch Potato

    Feb 6, 2012
    Basin of...
    I realize that, that was the reason for my original question. I was wondering if the discounted $9.95 rate would still qualify.

    Don't feel bad, they did not offer it when you signed up. Its a relatively new benefit.
  4. b-ball-fanatic

    b-ball-fanatic Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Is it just me, or does it seem like TiVo, with some of their warranty policies, is trying to steer people away from Lifetime Service?
  5. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007


    Makes sense, sell the razor for cheap and require monthly blades subscription.
  6. shurikt

    shurikt New Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Romio Pro, lifetime service + 3 year warranty: $680.47 including tax. Been a 10+ year customer...
  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    As David indicated, lifetime is tied to the hardware and is not transferable and has always been this way. Their wording in the original terms was vague so they allow a grandfather transfer for Series 1 units activated prior to January 21 2000. They also offered a special lifetime transfer promotion for $199 when the original S3 OLED was released in 2006 (and into early 2007) but this was during the period when they were no longer offering the lifetime service option for new purchases.

  8. Kracko

    Kracko Member

    May 30, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Well they did, once, allow me to move my lifetime subscription to another unit. I don't recall when that was exactly but it was sometime in the 2005-2006 time frame.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015
  9. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I don't see why not--I didn't see any restriction as to particular monthly/annual subscription pricings:

  10. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    see also: printer/ink
  11. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    When the Series 1 first came out the language in the lifetime agreement wasn't really clear regarding what lifetime really meant. So some people that bought the early models were allowed a transfer.
  12. May 2, 2015 #2232 of 3246

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Either you took advantage of the S3 lifetime upgrade offer in 2006 (for $199) or what midas said.

  13. May 2, 2015 #2233 of 3246

    badhat New Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I received an upgrade offer email from Tivo last week, where a Roamio Plus with lifetime service would cost $699.98.
    I gave it some thought ( I currently have 2 Premieres, and one HD), and decided that I could really use the 6 tuner and streaming options.
    I also decided that I should search this forum for better deals, and came across this thread.
    I've been a Tivo customer since 2006, so I wouldn't qualify for the 10 year deal -- but I decided to roll the CSR dice and call about it.
    It turns out that my online account shows an activation date of 2004 (for the Premiere that I'd purchased used), so with some friendly discussion I was finally offered a new Roamio Plus for $399.99 and the lifetime service for $99.99, totalling $499.98.
    I'm totally stoked with this deal; the new Roamio should be here in a week. Woohoo!
  14. May 5, 2015 #2234 of 3246

    freeze12 Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    Just got an offer today in my email: any romeo and my existing service plan for a price. I took my existing plan at $6.95 a month and a tivo romeo 4 chan for $99.00 because i got rid of cable. Thought it was a decent deal as I am using a premier plus now.
  15. May 6, 2015 #2235 of 3246

    Anotherpyr Active Member

    May 6, 2015
    Did the recent promotion on roamios for loyal users change? The first email I received stated it was good through June 30th. Now the offer claims it end May 8th. What gives.
  16. GregComeLately

    GregComeLately Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Strictly from a deal value perspective, putting aside for the moment whether or not cable service is being used, which do you all think is better:

    A) Roamio OTA + lifetime for $300 ($50 box + $250 lifetime)
    B) Roamio (standard) + lifetime for $350 ($150 box + $199 lifetime)

    You may include factors such as resale value into your determination as well.

    I'll explain why I am asking after I get some responses (assuming for the moment that I'll actually get some responses ;) ).
  17. delgadobb

    delgadobb Active Member

    Mar 6, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'd easily pay the extra $50 for the base Roamio to have the option to use it with a cable card, even if it means feeding some monopolistic regime. The problem with your scenario is it's not an A vs B option for most of us. Those of us (like myself) that were fortunate enough to order an OTA Roamio for $300 didn't have option B. Even if I'm generous & give myself credit for double-dipping at Best Buy (price match to Amazon & discount) to acquire my base Roamio for $100, lifetime was still $400 (below the standard $500). That's $500 total versus the $300 for the OTA Roamio. For most people it will be $150 + $400 lifetime = $550 total. VASTLY different.

    So, what's the catch? You must have an opportunity to acquire a base Roamio with lifetime for $350. Enlighten those of us who must live vicariously through you. I say more power to you and 'go for it' if you have a chance to get the $350 deal.
  18. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Go with B. Reason being is that ive seen a few people on the AVS forum with transcripts from tivo web support stating that the Roamio OTA has a 3 Tivo Mini limit where as the base Roamio doesnt. Ive been trying to find evidence on because i am lazy to call and find out since i have a base Roamio used for OTA.
  19. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    Definitely option "B"!
  20. GregComeLately

    GregComeLately Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Thanks for the feedback, all. :)

    A little "miscommunication" from the Tivo CS rep yesterday. I was quoted for what I thought was a new Roamio box, plus the "loyalty deal" of $199 on lifetime service (I have a little over 9 years in). That was the "option B" $149 + $199 = $350 I stated above (actually, $359.35 delivered).

    I called in again tonight, thinking I would go for it. Cited the deal Ref# provided to me yesterday, but it turns out the deal was for a "renewed" Roamio w/ lifetime, which was never mentioned. Still pretty darn decent but enough to give me pause & reconsider.

    As far as OTA vs. Roamio w/cablecard potential; I haven't had cable in like forever. I would consider it again for perhaps a year or two new sign-up type incentive deal and then happily go back to OTA status again at the end of the contract. So from that perspective, there might still be *some* value in going that route.

    Also, if it would enhance the resale value down the line by going with the standard vs OTA Roamio, with lifetime attached in either case, I could justify the initial cost difference from that perspective as well. Not saying I will be looking to sell, but you never know.

    Still a slam dunk for deal "B" vs "A"? or too close to call now?
    Last edited: May 14, 2015

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