Roamio Deals?

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

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    WOW! $300 for a refurb Roamio with Lifetime service. I am very tempted to get one. I would definitely get the new $50 Roamio OTA for $300 with lifetime if I could convince my GF to dump her S3 boxes.
     
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Hmmm... as an odd bonus, it seems the tax on my just-ordered refurb Roamio basic is a bit over $15 less than what I had to pay for the $300 OTA ordered back in May. (same TiVo account, same shipping address)

    August 11, 2015
    TiVo Package, Product Lifetime TiVo Series 5 (Tarvos) refurb w/ access
    Item: $299.98
    Shipping total: $0.00
    Tax: $3.12
    Order total: $303.10​

    May 4, 2015
    TiVo Package, Product Lifetime Roamio OTA TiVo Series 5 (Tarvos OTA)
    Item: $299.99
    Shipping total: $0.00
    Tax: $18.75
    Order total: $318.74​
     
  3. thefisch

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    Yeah, that is a great price. Less than 2 year breakeven on lifetime versus monthly is a no brainer considering there will be some resale even if this gets replaced by something better.

    EDIT: Meant to ask is there a reason why you'd get the OTA and not the basic in this situation for the same price. It would seem the basic can do the same things and has more resale value. Of course it is a refurb so that may be it.
     
  4. thefisch

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    I assume your tax rate is about 6%. I think it matters if lifetime service is not taxable in your state. On the May order was it a one price for the unit with lifetime? If so, then you were taxed on the whole as a product without breaking out the service portion. With this sale, you are paying $50 for the product and maybe getting the service tax free since it is itemized separately. Just a guess. Either way, you saved some dough.
     
  5. MikeekiM

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    Wow...how many TiVo boxes do you need krkaufman? You must have quite an impressive TiVo multimedia component rack!
     
  6. thefisch

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    So does this mean the soon to come replacement product (Bolt?) will replace the OTA and base roamio, not the plus and the pro?
     
  7. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

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    At this point, I think anything said (or typed) here is going to be pure speculation...

    I have a hard time believing that TiVo would keep two brand names in their product line simultaneously... But who knows? I guess that's possible... It certainly would make our Roamio Plus and Pro units retain resale value, since they would still be considered current models... :)
     
  8. bluedevil

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    Thanks, everyone. Just got the Roamio base with lifetime. Now to find a good deal on a few minis.
     
  9. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

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  10. skypros

    skypros Ex satellite dealer

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    This is a Steal of a deal

    Roamio Basic with Lifetime for $300

    This isn't going to last long!!
     
  11. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Anyone know if there's a deal to be had for current month to month plans? Maybe some way to convert to lifetime??
     
  12. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

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    It's like getting lifetime at a discount AND getting the hardware for free...

    :eek:

    I feel like getting it just because it's a good deal... Plus, I don't have an OTA DVR solution when I decide to cut the cord...
     
  13. tjtv

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    I jumped in on the $300 refurb base roamio deal. I really wanted the 6 tuner with integrated stream, but the $300 price was just too good to pass up.
     
  14. cherry ghost

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    I wonder if one of these on lifetime will be a qualifier for MSD? Probably not since it's not full price.
     
  15. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Well done. I'd say that's exactly the case, as the 6.25% tax rate on the current $50 refurb Roamio produces the $3.12 result.
     
  16. OrangeTurtle

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    So, if I bought a refurb roamio 5 weeks ago, does that mean I lost out on $100 savings? TiVo won't do a price adjustment, will they?
     
  17. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    It never hurts to call in and ask, but I'm guessing the answer will be "no". However, you could probably get them to send you a free Slide Pro remote. That seems to be TiVo's standard consolation prize.
     
  18. thefisch

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    I have been enjoying the roamio plus and mini I got. MOCA has been great - makes using the mini seamless. Three weeks in, we have been using about 28-33% of plus 1T capacity and the most recordings at the same time has been 3 shows (thankfully kids watch only 1-2 channels). So it looks like 6 tuners will just be enough to support that and three live streams. We've have just over 30 one passes - perhaps that will grow. Thanks to everyone for their advice on what to buy.

    Been planning to get another mini for my bedroom to complete the setup in a week or two. However, this sale on the basic for $300 is so tempting to jump on instead. I could stick the basic in the kids room and take their mini for my bedroom. Here are my pros and cons of getting a basic over a mini for the kids to use. Feel free to comment.

    Pros:
    4 more tuners (may be overkill)
    75 HD hours capacity added
    separate recording list for the kids (no commingling of shows but that hasn't been annoying so far).
    No single point of failure (if one tivo dies we can use the second one for whole house until other fixed)
    higher resale value (even though basic could be replaced by new product, it would still have lifetime and be much more valuable for resale than a mini).
    OTA capability (although I don't see my wife and kids giving up cable networks anytime soon).

    Cons:
    basic costs $175 more than mini
    paying for another cable card (only way with cable to watch live or record on basic) - $3 month ~ $100 over 3 years
    extra cost of moca adapter as no ethernet in kids room. - $50 (optional to stream between tivos or use stream built into plus)

    Guess I need to decide if that is all worth $275-$325 more over 3 years.
     
  19. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Nah, nothing remarkable; and certainly not relative to some of the configs I've seen mentioned here, in threads and sigs.

    FWIW, I'm "managing" TiVos for 3 households...
    Mom's: Roamio basic for OTA, plus 1 Mini
    Mine: Roamio OTA (no Minis yet)
    Sister's: Roamio Pro (Comcast), plus 8 Minis

    * No PLEX, pyTiVo, streambaby, etc., yet; though I am using KMTTG and VRD TVSuite for archiving content.​

    Not sure what I'll do w/ this new Roamio basic, yet, but I was thinking I could use it to test hard drive migration (I want to upgrade the 3TB Pro to 6TB, ideally maintaining or recovering setup & recordings); I could use it at my sister's to grab a few OTA channels missing from the Comcast lineup; or let a friend use it, to test the ability to get a Roamio working in a home with only mobile phone access to the Internet.
     
  20. thefisch

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    Hah. When my calculator said your rate was 6.24% I thought I must have miskeyed something so I rounded down. Should have thought more of the .25%.

    When I added lifetime to my order for a roamio plus, the rep explained that there would be no tax on the $350 lifetime based on where I live like I was lucky or something. So I guess their system knows which states collect tax on services like lifetime. Also, I recalled that May deal for the OTA was just one price, not $x for equipment and $x for service.
     

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