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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Koan, Oct 11, 2007.
Interesting. This is the first I heard of it. I'd wonder if this is being enforced.
My point was that down the line, if (although I really look at it more as "when") the S2 ever becomes obsolete, then by not transferring you're effectively paying $6.95 per month going forward instead of nothing, all for the same service (a single TiVo). Even if you have no use at all for a second TiVo for a year, then $199 / $6.95 ~= 29, so it makes sense after two years and five months. I don't know about anyone else, but I've thus far never owned a TiVo for less than this amount of time.
It's absolutely not a slam dunk for everyone... If you plan on using (not just keeping) the lifetimed unit for the forseeable future, then it probably doesn't make much sense. However, I can't honestly see myself getting any use out of an SD TiVo for more than a couple more years at this point. People's habits are different, of course, and I'm sure there are plenty of people that could get use out of one beyond that.
SDV could obviously play into the picture... Admittedly, I haven't been bitten by the SDV bug yet, so it's hard for me to be objective about it. However, I continue to believe that TiVo will implement a solution in the not-too-distant future that will work with existing S3/THD hardware.
If they did not do this then everyone who has ever owned a lifetime box (regardless of if it is now seeping pollutants into a landfill somewhere) would be able to use the MSD forever.
Anyone who throws a unit with lifetime into a landfill should be shot .
Another advantage in upgrading to the Tivo HD or Series 3 for those with a cable box is the savings in changing from a cable box to cable cards. In my Comcast area, it's a savings of about $5 per month (or maybe $7 with an M-Card).
I'm kind of in a sticky situation with this transfer deal. I had an old S1 box that I wasn't using and the deal on the lifetime transfer for the S3 was way too expensive for me. I had a Tivo with DVD on one TV and the Comcast DVR with HD on another so I wasn't sure if getting an HD Tivo was worth it. Since the old S1 wasn't being used anymore and I didn't feel like bothering with upgrading the HD to get a decent price on Ebay I ended up giving it to a guy I was dating. Thing is, we broke up (doesn't it always go this way?!) but I never got the box back from him. But I'm also 99% sure he never hooked it up. Turns out, I never gave him all the cables, remote, IR blaster, etc. and he also didn't have a phone line in his room to use it on. So I'd like to transfer the lifetime on it and get the new HD Tivo now that it's not going to cost me $1000+ to do so, but I'd rather not have to get in touch with him to do that. Do I have to have the box actually hooked up to transfer? Or have the serial number off of it?
There's no reason it needs to be hooked up. You will need the TSN, but you should be able to get that from TiVo's website (http://www.tivo.com/mma/).
Once you have it, you can plug it into the form on http://www3.tivo.com/tivo-promo/show.do?pg=/buytivo/hdservicetransfer.html to double-check that it's eligible, and if so, buy a TiVo HD and initiate the transfer.
On the off-chance he is using it, it sounds like the ultimate revenge to me . Of course, it won't truly have an effect until a year after you transfer.
All I need is the TSN? Yes, that's on my account page, and it definitely is eligible, this is one of the original S1 boxes, never upgraded, transferred or anything else. And yes, I have no problem with it not longer working in a year. ;-)
One more note... If you got lifetime on it on or before January 20, 2000 (I think that's the correct date), then you can instead use the grandfathered lifetime transfer, which means you wouldn't have to pay the $199 fee.
You also don't have to feel pressured to transfer by November 8th, but that's a different story.
No, sadly I just missed the grandfathering lifetime date.
Now I also have to decide whether to get my other Tivo fixed. It got fried in the last electrical storm so I'm debating whether it's worth fighting with Monster cable to cover the cost since it was on their surge protector. Or whether I should just wait until that one becomes available to transfer as well!
I bought a S1 from a friend for my parents winter house, we never bothered transferring accounts because it was the only tivo they had, not networked etc. etc. Anyway, they want to do the upgrade, and the friend that I purchased it from got it from somebody else, who she doesn't even know how to find him or remember the name.
Are they going to run into trouble? Is there a method to get the problem solved?
Unfortunately I'm out of luck as my S2 lifetime subscription was activated in December 2003, otherwise I'd do it in a heartbeat.
So is everyone that did the lifetime transfer seeing only a $179 charge for 1 year of service
on the unit that should have lifetime? I "understand" the theory behind the 60 day wait,
but there is no proof that one actually requested the $199 lifetime transfer. I called and
was told this was a mistake and that it would show up correctly within a day - but it is
the exact same. Why not have a different status that indicates the unit is pending a
service transfer. I just don't like having zero documentation.
Mine was a $199 charge as expected. On TiVo.com -> View Billing History, there are three transactions: 1 for the 1-year prepaid on the old S2 (0.00), 1 line item called "HD Promo - Transfer Free" (199.00), and then a line item indicating that the 199 had been charged to my card.
I'd imagine your parents will need to get it transferred to their account before initiating the lifetime service transfer... I've never personally had to do it before, but they should probably call TiVo customer service and see what they say.
That's consistent with what I'm seeing in MMA... Nothing's showing up on my credit card yet, but I'm sure it'll show up within a day or two.
I purchased my Tivo HD last Thursday from tivo.com and it still says processing -- has anyone received a shipping notice yet? I attempted to call tivo and the first time was disconnected (after 15 minutes) and the second time, I couldn't hear the support person (after waiting a half hour).... is this long of a wait expected?
Same thing happened to me. I said to the agent that I thought it cost $199. He put me on hold and came back a few minutes later and said it was "no charge". My old Tivo Series 1 is no where to be found on my account on MYTIVO. Just the new unit THD listed with lifetime service. Very stange.
Can anyone confirm this? I haven't used my S1 in over 3 years but I assumed it would be eligible for the lifetime transfer.
*edited* - IS this only about multi-service eligibility or the transfer too?