Tivo Bolt OTA - monthly fee

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by olimazi, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. olimazi

    olimazi New Member

    20
    1
    Sep 14, 2012
    Hey guys, how much do y'all pay for monthly service?
    I have a TIVO Bolt OTA and I noticed on the Tivo site the monthly fee is $6.99 and I've been paying $14.99 since 2016! WTF
    That and the spam before my recordings start has to go, not looking good for Tivo, time to start looking for alternatives.
     
  2. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    2,867
    582
    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    What's the TCD # on the back of your TiVo?

    -KP
     
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    15,482
    2,797
    Nov 25, 2003
    "spam" are referred to as "pre-roll ads" and there's a thread somewhere abouts explaining what to do to get them removed. (I believe by calling TiVo Customer Service and asking them to remove them.)

    $7 is the retail rate for a monthly service subscription for one of their OTA-only DVRs, but your rate may have been different owing to some other promotion at the time of purchase.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    11,713
    926
    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Paying monthly is TOO much! Even if you are paying 6.99, Tivo ended the Multi-service discounts.
    If you do the math, $15 x 12 months = $180 x 5 years = $900
    In the long run, Lifetime is cheaper @ $550
     
  5. olimazi

    olimazi New Member

    20
    1
    Sep 14, 2012
    TCD849500
     
  6. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    2,867
    582
    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    I'm pretty sure that's a Bolt, not a Bolt OTA.

    -KP
     
    krkaufman likes this.
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    15,482
    2,797
    Nov 25, 2003
    unclehonkey and kpeters59 like this.
  8. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    2,275
    336
    May 8, 2006
    Buy the lifetime!
     
  9. olimazi

    olimazi New Member

    20
    1
    Sep 14, 2012
    Straight out of my billing history:
    Billed 07/25/2016 TiVo Bundle, 1 Year, Monthly $14.99 $1.05 $16.04
    Billed 07/25/2016 TiVo BOLT 500 GB $199.99 $14.00 $213.99
    Didn't realize the regular Bolt did OTA, would have gotten the OTA only version - fairly certain the OTA version was released afterwards.
     
  10. mde8965

    mde8965 Member

    94
    40
    Dec 8, 2019
    No doubt a bolt+.

    As for the wisdom of lifetime. Alternative viewpoint here. Firstly even in the past the product life cycle for the TiVo DVRs generally is less than 5 years. Or should I say upgrade life cycle. Then you are at the mercy of TiVo to offers transfer of your service for a “discounted” rate. Paying annually instead nets you 3yrs and 8months for the same $550.
    Given the above and the apparent de-emphasis on the hardware/traditional DVR service in favor of apps and streaming makes me feel like the annual plan is the way to go right now.
     
  11. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    15,482
    2,797
    Nov 25, 2003
    Not ... given the OP is tuning OTA. (And the BOLT+ was a 6-tuner CableCARD-only model.)

    You would have needed to get the Roamio OTA, at that time, as the OTA-only BOLT OTA wouldn't be released for 2 more years. Though, I don't believe that the $8/mo monthly subscription rate became available until the release of the BOLT OTA.

    Sidebar: The new EDGE series DVRs lack a combo/either-or model similar to your BOLT. One must choose between cable and OTA at purchase.
     
  12. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    15,482
    2,797
    Nov 25, 2003
    The value of the box at the end of that window of time matters to many of those choosing Lifetime/All-In.
     
    Beryl likes this.
  13. mde8965

    mde8965 Member

    94
    40
    Dec 8, 2019
    Ok regular bolt then.

    And I see the value of the equipment in resale with lifetime vs annual, but nowadays I’m not entirely sure the TiVo DVR will be worth anything 4 years from now
     
    krkaufman likes this.
  14. pfiagra

    pfiagra Active Member

    756
    247
    Oct 13, 2014
    But you only need to find one buyer that thinks there is value for a few years, even if you do not.
     
  15. mde8965

    mde8965 Member

    94
    40
    Dec 8, 2019
    You misunderstand what I’m saying. I love TiVo. And I truly hope in 4 years they are still going strong. But what I fear is that the Edge is the last hardware model they will put out. TiVo will continue to support the box until it’s too antiquated to work. But it won’t work forever. I fear their new model will focus on streaming (TiVo stream), and they will quietly and slowly exit from the DVR business all together. At which time or when the Edge is too old, slow whatever to work, will make all TiVo hardware useless and worthless.

    I hope I’m wrong and I’m just feeling like Henny Penny right now...
     
  16. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

    9,260
    2,683
    Feb 22, 2009
    Texas
    True. Even if you donate it, you can recuperate on taxes. Or rather, you could. The tax laws have changed quite a bit.
     
  17. DaveB673

    DaveB673 New Member

    28
    5
    Jan 1, 2020
    I agree. I still want to see them going strong in 4 years. Especially since I just jumped into the TiVo boat.
     
  18. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    7,403
    1,062
    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    I guess for some the upgrade cycle is less than 5 years but for us it's been 7 years (S1 to S3) and then 8 years (S3 to Roamio) and we've been using the Roamio for 5 years this year and at the moment I see no reason to upgrade. So lifetime/All-in service has worked for us especially as we've been able to get transfer and upgrade discounts when we've purchased new units so we only paid full price on the first 2 S1's back in 2000.

    Scott
     
  19. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    27,636
    9,194
    Jul 28, 2005
    My first upgrade cycle was 12 years :D and that box still is functioning.
     
  20. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    11,713
    926
    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Ye olde mighty Tivo god.
     
    Mikeguy likes this.

Share This Page