Roamio Deals?

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

  1. krkaufman

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    Well, that higher resale value would, of course, need to be factored against the higher purchase price, to determine which one would have cost more post-resale. If TiVo doesn't upgrade the Mini's beyond the v2 for the next couple of years, you may be able to get back a much greater percentage of the Mini purchase price than you will a Roamio basic -- especially if TiVo brings new DVRs to the table, effectively demoting the Roamio basic while maintaining the value of the Mini.

    Lacking Ethernet that MoCA adapter won't be optional, as the Roamio basic will still need access to the Internet for its guide data, and everything else provided by the TiVo mothership.
     
  2. thefisch

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    Good point on netting the higher resale with the cost.

    Not sure how model changes effects older model resale (i.e. worth only 50% instead of 75%). I thought that folks shopping used (not refurb) on ebay in general looking for a lower price point than the current model. Like buying last years model for half the cost rather than drop $$$ for the latest product. Then again, when I was thinking of resale before I posted my pros/cons, I quickly searched sold listings on ebay and saw that someone just paid $400 for a used basic with lifetime today. Ouch.

    I thought the roamio basic would be able to get that over wifi (sorry didn't mention I had wifi). If not, then it is not a wait and see.
     
  3. JoeKustra

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    This is summer drought. Will you still have the capacity when the fall network shows kick in? Think ahead. I fall into the two units camp. I used to have a spare car too. :)
     
  4. naranja

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    I just ordered the Roamio refurb with lifetime. It will be replacing a Series 3 HD on Verizon Fios. Nearly all the recordings on my old tivo are not copy protected so I am using Tivo Desktop to transfer them to my computer. I see that I can transfer my season passes to the new box online using "Season Pass Manager". I'll be selling or gifting the old Tivo and wondering if I'll be able to use it's cable card in my new Tivo (and what the process would be). Thanks for any advice on how to make the migration easy.
     
  5. krkaufman

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    Touché. I've been so focused on in-home streaming that I've never even contemplated using Wi-Fi on the TiVos. :eek:
     
  6. tarheelblue32

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    Assuming it is an M-card, you can just move it from the HD to the Roamio. If you need to pair it to the Roamio, I think FiOS uses an automated system for CableCard pairing.
     
  7. mlcarson

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    I ordered the Basic Roamio refurbished on Sunday with lifetime for $400. I called Tivo though and they say they'll refund $100 since I haven't even received the unit yet. That was good of them assuming it happens. $300 + tax is a great deal for the base Roamio.
     
  8. dmk1974

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    Yesterday, I called TiVo customer service and since I've been with them for 14 years, they offered me a new Roamio Plus with PLS for $500. I accepted and ordered a 3TB hard drive from Amazon to drop in once I get it.

    Now though, with these "fire sales", am I going to regret this great deal on the Roamio Plus when they announce the Bolt?
     
  9. thefisch

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    Unfortunately my crystal ball (aka to do list) only goes out two weeks. I do know that when football season starts will be probably watching live TV on all 3 TV's. But not while the prime time shows are on except maybe Thursday Night Football. I think 6 tuners is the minimum I feel safe with. I wouldn't worry with 8 tuners. 10 tuners just seems so extravagant that I feel guilty thinking about it.

    If you meant recording capacity, I can always drop a 3TB in the roamio plus and triple it up for ~$125. Not worried about that.
     
  10. thefisch

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    That's great news. What would happen if you had already received the unit?
     
  11. jlin

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    You'd still have 30 days to return the product to get full refund.

    I just ordered my 3rd Roamio. Hopefully the Bolt announcement will happen before my 30 days is up.
     
  12. OrangeTurtle

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    I guess I could have just called them instead of asking you all- so I did...

    It seems I was 38 days out from when the Tivo arrived and today. So yeah, I was outside the 30 days. As you predicted, they offered up the slide remote- which they didn't have to do- so that's not the end of the world.

    Still got a really good price at $400 when I bought it- the $300 price is unbelievable (they have to be coming out with a new device)!

    The CSR told me there's is nothing official to announce with TIVO right now- but was aware of the rumors swirling around....
     
  13. dishrich

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    Quick question - does the OTA-only Roamio have both component & composite video outputs on it? In what I could find on Tivo's website, it appears that it has the same, single combined A/V output jack like the cable/OTA Roamio does, but ONLY does composite output.
     
  14. thefisch

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    For those with experience on past product launches, is there a particular month or event where TIVO annouces new hardware? Kind of like Apple does. From what I could tell from scanning their press releases, they announced:

    roamio on 8/20/13
    mini on 3/11/13
    premiere 4 tuner on 8/16/12
    premiere on 3/3/10
    hd xl on 9/4/08
    hd on 9/12/06

    So it would seem 3.5 years in between new platforms (hd, premiere, roamio)with 2-2.5 years intervals on enhancements to hardware (hd xl, premiere 4 tuner).

    Since we are at the 2 year point for the roamio, then we are looking at an 'enhancement' in the next 6 months, but not likely within the next 30 days?
     
  15. tarheelblue32

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    The Roamio OTA, just like the base Roamio, is either HDMI or composite output, there is no component output. The only ways to get component video out of it is if you have a Mini linked to it or if you have some kind of HDMI to component converter.
     
  16. Imageek2

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    I better call them tomorrow, I ordered my refurbished on Thursday and it is supposed to be here tomorrow! I am going to be really bummed to have to pay an extra $100 because I didn't wait a couple of days.
     
  17. dishrich

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    Thx much for the clarification :up:
     
  18. b-ball-fanatic

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    As would I..... :(
     
  19. GregComeLately

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    Can I get some additional confirming feedback for this string of posts? Specifically to the point about how the $199 loyalty discount for lifetime service ONLY EVER applies to a new Roamio? So there's never a $199 loyalty discount for lifetime for a refurb version of that particular Roamio model?
     
  20. TiVoEvan74

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    Love to read and research product buys, and love deals, so the Tivo Summer sale was ideal to suck me in researching. Discovered the options; the new developments in Tivo over the last couple of years, and the upcoming Bolt. Had fun considering, weighing options, etc. (Sound familiar?! :)). However, yesterday, when I finally decided to buy a Roamio, the sale had ended! Bummer!

    Rummaged around the Tivo website for other deals, but found nothing. Kept getting the message "Sorry the sale is over". Figured it was the usual... too much time thinking over options leads to loss of the best options! "A day late and a dollar short!" Kicked myself for waiting that extra day.

    Then, stumbled upon the ZatzNotFunny column about the NEW End of Summer sale. Wow! $100 savings over the already great deal I had planned on going for.

    $300 for a Roamio, with lifetime! Fantastic! As someone who spent $600+ in the past for a Tivo with lifetime, I'm thrilled!

    "Paralysis by analysis" finally pays off!
     

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