TiVo Bolt vs TiVo edge

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  1. Jun 4, 2020 #1 of 57
    ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

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    I currently have a TiVo Premiere with lifetime and I'm looking to get my dad a new TiVo. I don't know if I should go with the Bolt or Edge. He wants a minimum of 1TB, 4 turners. T4 is not an issue for me since we have a bolt in the Den and have gotten use to it. I know it's to soon but which TiVo is more reliable?

    Does TiVo allow you to transfer a lifetime subscription from an older Tivo to a newer one and if so how much would that cost?
     
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    Mikeguy

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    Nope, absent a special promotion or a one-off customer service matter.
    Too bad this wasn't a week ago: Bolt boxes just were on sale, with special pricing for Lifetime. :(
     
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    chiguy50

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    I would suggest a used or refurbished Roamio as your best bargain. Check out, for example, the offers at Weaknees.com or on eBay from sellers with good feedback. Depending on whether you are looking for a cable or OTA model, you can find good ones that include PLS for between $300 and $500.
     
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    jlb

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    I would try playing CS roulette and say something like "Hey my Dad who is quarantined alone down in <city/state> is asking me to get him a new TiVo with Lifetime. I know you recently had an offer for discounted boxes/LT Service. Is there anyway you could help me make my Dad happy and extend me the same offer?"

    or something like that....
     
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    ufo4sale

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    I have a Roamio in one of the rooms and I can tell you that this TiVo, while a lot faster then the, Premiere it's no were near as fast as the Bolt. He watches a lot of stuff on Netflix and Amazon and speed counts when it comes to this regard while watching traditional broadcast shows. I don't like to invest money into "old" technology.

    I'll probably play CSR roulette until I hear the magic words.:)

    Has there ever been a sale on the Edge or is it to new?
     
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    snerd

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    If you are willing to wait a few weeks, TiVo often has a "summer sale" in July which allows one to transfer lifetime from an old TiVo a newer model. I'm guessing that if they have a summer sale this year, they will be offering Bolts, but maybe the Edge will be part of the offer. However, to take advantage of this, you need to be sure that your old TiVo has connected to the TiVo service at least once within a year prior to the announcement of the sale. If your Premiere is in regular use now, then you're good to go. If it is sitting in a closet, you should hook it up and have it "phone home" a couple of times so that it will be eligible for the sale.
     
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    ufo4sale

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    It's being used daily so no problems there. How much does the lifetime transfer cost during the promotion sale in the past?
     
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    Dan203

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    They still seem to be working out some bugs with the Edge so I'd personally avoid it right now. The Bolt works fine and if you can catch one of their clearance deals it'll be cheaper. (they had one for memorial day, but it's over now)
     
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    mattyro7878

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    So the Edge is still not ready for prime time, eh?
     
  10. Mikeguy

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    $99, plus the regular TiVo price for the new box.

    In my experience, the Lifetime transfer deal appears very idiosyncratically--one never knows if and when the deal will appear (and they've only come about a handful of times--maybe 3 or 4?--over the past 3+ years), as a pleasant surprise and having been even rarer before then.
     
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  11. snerd

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    They had summer sales in July 2018 and July 2019, so I think there is a decent chance for this year. Sales in the fall have been pretty hit-or-miss.
     
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  12. shamilian

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    if you call up and tell them you are retiring an old tivo or that your old tivo crapped out. They will try to sell you a new tivo or refurbished tivo and offer lifetime at $199...


    $100 Lifetime Subscription on old TiVo
     
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  13. ufo4sale

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    Well my Roamio just died and I don't know what to do. I was willing to wait for the bolt to go on sale to buy one of those but now it looks like I have to by two. I have two premiere both with lifetime. I currently have one Bolt. T4 doesn't bother me so there is no issue there. What would you do with two premiere lifetimes?
     
  14. tommage1

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    If you mostly use your Tivos as DVRs (not for apps). I'd buy a couple lifetime Roamios, can get for $150-250 each. The Premieres, good for storage/backup (ie transfer recordings from your other Tivos to the Premieres) Either delete from the Tivos you are transferring from or keep on both, that way you have backups if one drive fails. Can put up to 8TB drive in a Premiere though I stick with 3-4TB, very cost effective.

    They MIGHT have a lifetime transfer sale in July, $99 to transfer to whatever they decide to sell (Vox or Edge I guess, that's all they have now). Can transfer any lifetime, S2, S3, Premiere or even Roamio (Roamio has too much value for me to consider a transfer though).
     
  15. dianebrat

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    The majority of Roamio failures are drive failures and it's a drop in replacement, is the failure confirmed as something that isn't the drive?
     
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    I haven't confirmed anything yet but it was making a clicking sound and the lights were flashing in sequence from right to left. I probably lost all my recordings which isn't "that" big of a deal but it is annoying. That was the only TiVo that I was paying $15 a month for. I don't "need" to but I want to replace both my lifetimes with new TiVo's but I don't think there that reliable. So I'm probably going for the lesser of two evils and go with the Bolt box. It's possible that I can replace the hard drive in the Roamio but why would I do that with older technology.
     
  17. pfiagra

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    If you were paying monthly, shouldn’t you be covered under TiVo’s Continual Care Warranty?

    https://support.tivo.com/articles/Features_Use/TiVo-Limited-Warranty
     
  18. ufo4sale

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    I bought a stocked 3tb Roamio 4 turner Tivo from weakness. I know they don't make it anymore so do I still classify for a Roamio TiVo for $50 dollars or am I out of luck because I bought it from a third party?
     
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    Doesnt matter where you got it. If youre paying the monthly fee you are covered.
     
  20. ufo4sale

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    What model do you think I would get and what size drive would I get with it? Also does it matter if it's an upgraded HD?
     

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