Roamio Deals?

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

  1. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

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    So what? That functionality isn't exclusive to the Plus/Pro. It can be added to a regular Roamio, as well as a giant hard drive, but you can't add OTA to a Plus/Pro.
     
  2. MikeekiM

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  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Also... Lifetime service for the "Hot Summer" Roamios is available at $350; so, you're looking at $400 versus either $480 or $580 for the w00t Roamio, depending on your Lifetime service purchase.

    edit: p.s. Good to have the info, though, in case the "Hot Summer" Roamio Base inventory sells-out.
     
  4. MikeekiM

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    It's funny... I was thinking that the base would sell out first because of the extremely affordable price, and the gaining momentum of cord-cutting...

    I guess there are still a lot of people that have confidence that they will be keeping their cable TV for the long haul (or at least a few years to justify the cost of the Plus/Pro and lifetime)...
     
  5. krkaufman

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    It's also possible that there's just a deeper inventory of the base Roamio *because* of its lower price, with more new base units being sold and subsequently returned. Also, the renewed base Roamio would be competing for cord-cutter dollars with the brand-spanking new OTA inventory, both priced at $50.
     
  6. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Just postin' 'em as I see 'em, sir! :D
     
  7. MikeekiM

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    Yes...I definitely as not trying to criticize the relevancy of your post...it was a good post... And on topic according to the thread title! :)

    I just wanted to make sure that anyone running towards that deal knows that there may be a better deal out there (at least until they run out of inventory)...
     
  8. Zaphod

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    Called earlier tonight and got the Plus w/ lifetime for $499. I've been a Tivo user since 2003.

    I thought I read earlier in this thread that the Pro was only $100 more (or $599), but the lady said it was $699. For $100 difference I was going to get the Pro, but for $200 difference, I'd rather put that toward a hard drive. And I'll just wait until I fill up the Roamio before I actually bother upgrading the drive. If the Plus already has 150 hours of HD recording capacity, I doubt I'll ever need to upgrade it anyway. I have a self-upgraded drive in my Tivo HD which gives me 144 hours of HD capacity and I've never come close to filling it up.

    I also managed to get the slide remote. After further thought, I'm not sure I'll really ever use the slide remote. I have a Phillips Pronto universal remote I use, and I know the slide remote is RF which I can't program into the Pronto anyway. But I'll see if I mind having 2 remotes on the table. But anyway, after the fact, I thought, after I talked them into the slide remote I should have followed up and asked if instead of the remote, maybe they'd give me $50 off a Mini.

    Oh well. If I end up not using the slide remote, it was free, I can always sell it on ebay.
     
  9. TivoRocks193

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    I don't bother with Plus anymore. For $200 Pro, you get the larger HD, whereas upgrading yourself costs $100 for the drive itself. So, while you might save $100 bucks, considering the work involved coupled with the fact that your are voiding the warranty on a $1,000 piece of equipment (with lifetime)... just not worth the hassle. I'd rather get the Pro and not risk losing warranty if the unit fails.
     
  10. Zaphod

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    I'm a computer person anyway so the physical task of upgrading the HD is nothing for me. Already did it on my current two TiVo HD units years ago, and from what I read, it's even easier on the Roamio.

    BUT, as I said in my previous message, I doubt I'm ever going to need to upgrade it anyway since the Plus already has slightly more storage than my upgraded HD and I've never even come close to filling that up. Or at least, hopefully I can wait until the 1 year warranty is up anyway before I'd upgrade it so the warranty isn't a factor. (Although I am thinking about adding the 3 year warranty for $40.)

    Also, in the past the general feeling was, if you upgrade the hard drive and have issues within the warranty, just stick the original drive back in and they won't know, or at the very least TiVo would still honor the warranty (assuming you still have the issue with the original drive back in the unit). I guess I don't know if that's still the case or not.
     
  11. davezatz

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    I can't say for certain, but I imagine TiVo would honor the warranty. Not that it's much of a warranty at 90 days (if you go Lifetime) anyway and the most common point of failure is the hard drive. As far as work, with Roamio unlike prior generations, it's a simple matter of dropping the drive in - no disk prep or anything. So maybe ten minutes to take it apart and put it back together. I obviously chose to save the $90+ dollars, went down that path, and it's been smooth sailing.
     
  12. krkaufman

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    * For drives up to 3TB; drives over 3TB *do* require "prep work."
     
  13. TivoRocks193

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    That's a joke right? If you pop open the box and the TiVo dies within the first week, you're screwed.
     
  14. TivoRocks193

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    I'm a computer genius too, still not worth the $100 to void a warranty and waste the time installing the drive. I've become risk adverse in my old age.
     
  15. davezatz

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    I know of at least two cases where that didn't happen. A buddy picked up a refurb TiVo on Woot a month or two ago, upgraded the drive, was stuck in a continual reboot cycle after with either drive. One hundred years ago, I tried upgrading a TiVo Series 2 and fried the system. TiVo arranged a swap in both cases and in both cases we conveyed to the agent exactly what had happend.

    Of course, there's no guarantee that would be their response 100% of the time and folks should go down the path they're most comfortable with. If the possibility of voiding the warranty is a concern, you should skip the larger drive or pay TiVo the $200. But I will add that Weaknees is an authorized TiVo reseller... that sells replacement drives, a practice presumably blessed by TiVo. Also presumably blessed as they not only allow us retail customers to do it, they facilitate it by requiring no prep (on drives 3tb or smaller). Also if you buy from Best Buy or Amazon, you can just return it.
     
  16. Series3Sub

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    Yeah, each person makes their own decision. For some people the $100 is just not a problem and they can spend their time doing something else. I can also tell you of instances of poeple who know how to change HDD's in older TiVo's, but who sometimes just sent it out to Weaknees because they could not make the time to do the work and the family was getting PO'd withouth their functioning TiVo. How many male hobbiests have had their wives and kids say, "is it fixed yet?" or "you said you were going to build me that table weeks ago. Get it done now or I'm a buying a table!" :).
     
  17. davezatz

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    Yeah... time/energy has a cost. I got at least one upgrade drive from Weaknees or DVRUpgrade back in the day because I didn't want to mess with it again. The current situation is very nice (up to 3tb) for those comfortable opening the box and not overly concerned with the warranty.
     
  18. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    No you're not. Just put the original drive back in and send it in to TiVo under warranty. S'all good! :)
     
  19. davezatz

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    I'm sure TiVo could determine if we've replaced the drive anytime they wanted... if they wanted. Like why would my 1TB unit have a 3TB drive? THey probably even know SN ranges of their drives. But I don't think they care too much. And I thank them for allowing upgrades like these. Best Buy and Amazon, on the other hand, definitely wouldn't know.
     

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