Roamio Deals?

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

  1. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    I'd lean toward the 6TB upgrade, now that it's doable. (It is, right?) I'd likely have gone that way had the DIY 6TB upgrade been available when we jumped-in. Now, I'm faced with having to either migrate my recorded content, etc, from a 3TB drive to a 6TB, or accept a system reset back to square one. My "users" wouldn't love a reset.

    p.s. Who knows, by the time you pull the trigger on a TiVo solution, that $100 might cover a bigger chunk of the 6TB drive's cost.
     
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  2. CoxInPHX

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    I can't remember I believe there was an option for monthly on the F&F it may have been $9.99/mo, I don't recall what the TiVo cost though.

    A Roamio Pro with 3TB is more space than one could conceivably watch, 6TB upgrade and you are just temping fate that the HDD dies and you loose everything. Just use pyTiVo or Streambaby.

    I got the Roamio Pro w/ the 3yr extended warranty. Leave it stock so there is no question if it needs replaced for any reason.

    There used to be a small discount on the Mini, but at $150, I doubt there still is.
     
  3. krkaufman

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    "One," perhaps; but when you have 5+ people in the house with a LOT of different interests and viewing frequency, and are compelled to record more than you'd like, owing to a deficient VOD application, 3TBs can get chewed-up pretty quickly. Heck, we filled-up nearly half of our 3TB drive just capturing all the "How It's Made" episodes from the Science Channel, in HD.

    Absent any stats on failure rates for the drives in question, Fate would like her name withdrawn from the discussion.

    And if a 3TB drive dies, you lose everything, as well; the doom scenario above presumes a user losing a 6TB drive would feel more pain than one losing a 3TB drive, which concedes the point that the 6TB user will have accumulated more content than they could have were they limited to a 3TB drive. Whether they ever watch the content is moot; the 6TB drive allows them to accumulate the content should they ever *want* to watch it, when they have the time or interest.
     
  5. krkaufman

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    This solution likely risks a greater failure rate than either a single 3TB or 6TB drive, since pyTiVo and Streambaby are getting their content from another hard drive, so this scenario is risky for the same reason using an external hard drive attached to a TiVo is considered risky -- (edit) with the caveat that you lose ALL recorded content when an external drive dies, versus just the content on the 2nd drive.
     
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  6. CoxInPHX

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    In this case I would probably have 1 Base Roamio upgraded to 3TB and 1 Roamio Pro.

    I have had a 2TB Upgraded Premiere HDD go bad after just 2 years, it's just a flip of the dice.
     
  7. krkaufman

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    Right, so a 6TB drive is no more risky than a 3TB drive, absent any specific historical failure data for the specific drive models.
     
  8. gespears

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    Just an FYI: WD 6 TB Red drives are $250 at Newegg.
     
  9. krkaufman

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    h/t JmzL: "FYI - Tivo is having a summer sale"

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    The sale seems focused on their "renewed"/refurbished inventory, with seemingly deep discounts on ALL their "renewed" models -- as well as Lifetime Service.
    TiVo Hot Summer Sale
    Save BIG on TiVo Roamio series DVRs while supplies last!

    New Roamio OTA ($50)
    New Roamio Basic ($150)
    Renewed Roamio Basic ($50)
    Renewed Roamio Plus ($200)
    Renewed Roamio Pro ($300)

    Product Lifetime service $349.99 reg. $499.99

    Kinda tough to go with a new OTA when a "renewed" Basic can be had for $50.

    Also, I don't expect that the $350 Lifetime service deal can be had outside the above sale, that is, for existing devices, as this seems to be an incentive targeted at reducing their inventories. Wouldn't hurt for someone to try, though.

    edit: p.s. Does anyone know if a "Friends & Family" code, or a code from spherular, could be combined with the above to increase the discount?
     
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  10. MikeekiM

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    OK... Two questions:

    1) How good are TiVo's "renewed" products? Any one get a TiVo Renewed Roamio? Do they truly refurb them "like-new", or are these potential scratch and dent units that were previously owned and returned?

    2) Does the warranty differ? Many times new stock comes with a 1 year warranty, while renewed stock comes with only a 90 day warranty.
     
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  11. spherular

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    The code will discount lifetime to $300 on all the models so there is an additional $50 saving there. There is no change to the unit costs though.
     
  12. UCLABB

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    Damn, I bought a used Plus a month ago. I coulda saved about $100 with this deal. $50 on the unit, $50 on lifetime. Oh well. 😥
     
  13. CoxInPHX

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    Just as good if not better, fully tested. Not scratch and dents or open box items.

    Same exact Warranty and options for an Extended Warranty.
     
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    I'm a little confused. If Spherular's code cost $49 and takes $50 of the lifetime price, there doesn't seem to be any savings? Am I missing something?
     
  15. krkaufman

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    You're not missing much. Spherular's codes aren't really a benefit for this particular sale, owing to the acquisition fee -- even if you leverage the 'COMMUNITY' benefit. It would seem wasteful to consume one of those codes for a mere $10 benefit.
     
  16. spherular

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    You are correct that simply looking at one unit it makes no sense. If you are looking at a set-up that includes multiple units, remotes and/or a stream then the discount can add up. Remember that 4-tuner models do not include a stream so there is additional hardware required.
     
  17. jim2011

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    As a 10+ year subscriber, I called up and was able to get a refurb Roamio with lifetime for 349.99. I could have gotten a non-refurb for 399.99
     
  18. MikeekiM

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    Which Roamio model did you get for 349.99 (with lifetime)?
     
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    Just the basic Roamio. I have 0 interest in a higher end roamio that cannot do OTA. Even though I have cable now, I might not in the next year.
     
  20. krkaufman

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    Note that he got that deal under the "10+ Year Loyalty Program," so you didn't miss-out on anything, as a new customer.

    It's spelled-out better in this FatWallet post. (which, ironically, refers back to this site, most likely, but without any specific credit)
     

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