Should I take the exchange offer from Tivo? S3 to Premier

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  1. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

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    $40 or so per TiVo isn't insignificant to the total cost of the TiVo in my opinion. The fact $40 isn't a lot of money is irrelevant, I wouldn't pay a dime on each candy bar purchased to cover dropping the candy bar even thought that isn't much money. It is a lot compared to the cost of the candy bar, particularly considering how unlikely it is I would drop it.
     
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    I'll go with Chris on this one. I generally have a huge disdain for any sort of extended warranties, but considering the cost of repairing or replacing a non-working Tivo, it's cheap insurance at $40. It's also the same price as a copy of InstantCake. I wouldn't think of having a Tivo without making a backup image of the drive (even cheaper insurance), yet people do it all the time and then ***** about the cost of InstantCake when their drive dies. $40 sounds a darn site better than the $150 that Tivo charges to swap out your defective unit.

    OTOH, since most Tivo problems tend to be attributed to hard drive problems I've never had the need to get a Tivo repaired or replaced by Tivo out of warranty. I usually upgraded the hard drive in every Tivo I've ever owned and pretty much voided the warranties right off the bat.

    I did have problems with a couple of DirecTivos that weren't drive related, but they failed while under warranty so I had them send me replacements on their dime. I never had to connect them to the internet or a phone line so Tivo/DirecTV never had a clue that I had upgraded the drives. I always kept the original drives as backups so I just put it back in the Tivo and returned it in its original configuration.
     
  3. aaronwt

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    Last time I checked there was no Instant Cake for the Premiere. Do they have one now?
     
  4. brewman

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    There's also the cost savings you get with only needing a single cable card with the Elite.
     
  5. aaronwt

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    Plus the Elite uses around 21 watts while two, two tuner, Premieres will use around 47 watts. That also adds up over time.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea. I was just equating the cost of the extended warranty with the cost of InstantCake. If IC isn't available for the Premiere then it's a moot point.
     
  7. WillyBilly

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    Thanks for the info men. Can I get extended $40.00 warrenty for my new Elite ? Or is it more money for it ? Is the Elite a series 4 ? Thanks. I bought it directly from Tivo.
     
  8. aaronwt

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    The extended warranty from TiVo is $40 for three years and $30 for two years. You can get it for the TiVo whether bought through TiVo or another store. I think you have up to 90 days or so to get the warranty. I'm not sure exactly how long but it seemed like the option was up there for my Elite for several months until it disappeared. But I got the four year warranty for it from Best Buy. For my second Elite I might just pick up the extended warranty form TiVo. The warranty is transferable so it can help with a resale.
     
  9. Chris Gerhard

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    Some people like extended warranties, nothing wrong with that. I don't know how much you have paid for TiVo extended warranties or how much you have collected in coverage from the warranties or if you are ahead or not but the comfort that comes from having an extended warranty means nothing to me, it has to pay for itself which is unlikely so I don't buy them.

    Consumer electronics usually fail quickly if defective which is covered by the manufacturer warranty. I have owned about a dozen TiVos, none of which have failed other than hard drive failures and I got two of those covered by Maxtor warranty. Now none of them would be within extended warranty coverage if I had purchased extended warranties, my bottom line nothing paid, nothing gained or lost, just money saved by not purchasing extended warranties.
     
  10. wwu123

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    This is not my experience. I had a HD as my primary with annual renewal, and I then purchased a Premiere with lifetime using MSD discount. I got rid of the HD, but do not get any offers with MSD on the Tivo web store. So somehow they know and do not consider the Premiere a primary unit.

    This is consistent with what the phone rep told me when I purchased the Premiere.
     
  11. synch22

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    Sorry we will be losing you in the S3 early adopters with Lifetime club. Its been a fun ride huh.. close to $1k or so right with the lifetime we spent. ($700 for the tivo and $199 transfer)
     

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