Tivo HD lifetime subscription transfer offer until Nov 8 - $199

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Koan, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    "Your TiVo DVR to which the Product Lifetime Subscription is attached must have called into the TiVo service or the TiVo Plus service within the last 180 days to remain eligible for the MULTI-SERVICE DISCOUNT."

    https://www3.tivo.com/abouttivo/policies/tivomultiservicediscountagreement.html
     
  2. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

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    They seem to be having trouble with this program. My old TiVo still says " TiVo Lifetime Service", and the new TiVo HD says "Service Only, 1 Year, Prepay (HD Fusion PLT)"

    :rolleyes:

    I'll call back tomorrow and try to straighten them out.
     
  3. azitnay

    azitnay Active Member

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    This is actually expected... The two should reverse within something like 60 days (and if it goes the way the S3 lifetime transfer went, the units will swap names as well).

    They're supposed to explain this to you when you initiate the transfer, but TiVo's customer support often leaves a bit to be desired.

    Drew
     
  4. Zaphod

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    Oh, I absolutely agree. I wasn't justifying whether to keep a cable DVR vs. a TivoHD at all. In fact, I think it's easier to justify the TivoHD if you're replacing the a cable DVR with it because of the reduced montly cost from going from the hardware rental and service fee you pay the cable company down to only cable card rental.

    All I was getting at was purely, assuming you are getting a TivoHD, whether to transfer your current lifetime to it or not.
     
  5. trlyka

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    Well this was a let down........In a previous post I noted that I called Tivo and asked about the 2006 offer to do a lifetime transfer to an S3 Tivo. The rep (Kathy) said it wasn't a problem and all I need to do is mention the offer and they will honor it.

    Before I went to order 2 S3 Tivos, I called again today to verify what I was told. The rep I spoke to said the offer is expired and no longer available. I asked the rep to double check with someone like a supervisor. She had me on hold a couple of minutes and said they can't do it. And that it was a special offer with a link to follow that was part of the email. She asked if I had the email from 2006, but I didn't save it. Does anyone have that email? I would be cusrious to see if the link is still active.

    She also said the if you buy the Tivo at a place with a rebate (Amazon) that the rebate is only good if you are activating a NEW subscription service. A lifetime transfer does not qualify as new service.

    Maybe I will call again to see what a different rep says. :confused:
     
  6. Lensman

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    I have a qualifying S1 with a lifetime subscription and an S3 with a $6.95 a month MSD subscription. I'd like to take advantage of the upgrade offer and get a THD. Will my S3 continue to be eligible for the MSD based on the THD with a transferred lifetime subscription? That is, is a THD with a transferred lifetime subscription a "qualifying unit" for the MSD?

    Has anyone had actual experience with this situation?
     
  7. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    Yes, it will become the qualifying unit for the multi-service discount on other eligible receivers that are on your account.
     
  8. Stylin

    Stylin Stylish Jane Sixpack

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    Uh, thanks Sherlock :rolleyes:. I decided to ask the question in this thread as it pertains to msd vs xfer. For instance if the S3 is superior or same (memory chip doesn't matter) then it's definitely smarter to go with msd, as the rebate can be redeemed. If TiVoHd chip is superior then it gives new consideration to the xfer option.

    "Usually more expensive denotes a better product, but I'm not so sure with the S3. I do like the OLED, but beyond that I don't really care for the THX, remote (have a harmony) or hd space (will upgrade regardless). I'm more concerned with the nuts and bolts of the machine. The only real difference I've read about is that the TiVoHD seems to have a larger onboard memory than the S3 - is this a really big deal? Basically I want to buy the more "future" ready machine regardless of cost (and looks). Based strictly on the nuts and bolts of the machine, which is better - the S3 or TiVoHD? Thks "
     
  9. TheBar1

    TheBar1 Long Time Lurker

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    Stylin,

    It's my understanding that the the TiVo HD is MCard-ready, while the Series3 is not (at least not yet). This means that you can save a few bucks a month with the TiVoHD if your Cable Provider has MCards in stock (since you wont need two of the standard cable cards to operate, like with the Series3). This might make a difference on your Pros/Cons for purchasing.
     
  10. azitnay

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    I don't think I ever got an email about the S3 transfer option... But I do remember that the URL was originally:

    http://www.tivo.com/vip

    and it looks like it's long gone. I was a bit surprised when I saw your post about the rep claiming the S3 transfer was still valid, since it was supposed to expire so many months ago. You might be out of luck on this one.

    Yeah, it makes sense that you wouldn't get the rebate on the S3 if you transferred lifetime (although I doubt that's even a possibility now).

    Drew
     
  11. trlyka

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    Thanks for the link. Yeah, it's unfortunate to hear the lifetime wasn't able to be transferred from the 2nd rep I spoke to. We should qualify for the multi unit discount, so $6.95 a month is not a terrible price. But I will still call again to give it one more shot ;)

    What I want to know is.....Let's say we buy the S3 now, and pay the monthly service fee, and the offer becomes available for the lifetime transfer on the S3 again. Can we still do a lifetime transfer from one of our other Tivo's to the S3?...... Or is the lifetime transfer only valid on a brand new S3 w/o an existing monthly subscription. :confused:
     
  12. azitnay

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    I believe these transfers are only supposed to be valid for new activations.

    Drew
     
  13. Torgo100

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    I was actually talking about finally upgrading to the new HD unit about 2 weeks ago, but how I wished I could transfer my Lifetime Service from my old S1.

    So, of course, I was quite excited when I saw they were offering the transfer so soon after I got interested in doing so.

    My new HD unit shipped out, and should be here on Monday. I already called TWC, and they offer cablecard in my area and will let me install myself. This si so great, because I can't stand the SA HD-DVR's that TWC use. I'm so spoiled by the Tivo interface :)
     
  14. CxG

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    So I have been debating if I should get this TivoHD or not. I don't want to spend $500.00!

    I have $200.00 in gift cards for Circuit City. I called Tivo and asked about purchasing TivoHD through CC and then transfer. "Nope can't do that. You have to purchase TivoHD thru tivo website to get the transfer deal. Oh and let me update your account that you asked about this" Great!! I have been flagged. I'm an idiot. :mad:

    I started looking into a Verizon/DirectTV deal, which offers the HR20 HD DVR. The numbers looked good but I just don't want to spend the weekend properly rewiring my house, dealing with new equipment, dealing with a new TV guide, etc. Redoing my Tivos with the DirectTV STBs, etc.

    I decided to call Comcast, my current cable company, and see if they could "do something" for me. CSR, no help. CSR transferred me to retention. The retention lady was very nice. "Well, were low on HD DVRs, but let me see what I can do for you". Well, she dropped my monthly fee down to $88.00. Threw in all the movie channels. Threw in the sports package. And once an HD DVR becomes available then she will let me know. I get the HD DVR for free for a year. I get my other Digital STB for free for a year. All for a one year commitment.

    Thanks Tivo!!! Because of your Tivo HD email offer. For one year, I saved $120.00. And for one year I got all the movies channels for free, free sports package, free HD DVR(soon) and free digital STB. And I get to keep both of my Tivos with LT. And eventually the Comcast HD DVR will use Tivo software.

    I love Tivo!!! :)
     
  15. Stylin

    Stylin Stylish Jane Sixpack

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    Hey! Gotta luv gmail - I found the email (pm me your email addy and I can forward it). I rec'd it 9/12/2006.
    BTW, for future I would recc that anytime a csr offers you something "favorable", make sure that a case id is created, so that you can refer back to the notation when you call to take up the offer.

    Per TiVo Shannon:
    I promised a "defining" moment last newsletter and that moment has arrived: The TiVo® Series3™ HD Digital Media Recorder is here! Welcome to High Definition Heaven...

    You can read more of the exciting details on this incredible box below, but first, as a TiVo subscriber who currently owns a TiVo box with Product Lifetime service, we want to thank you for your loyalty with a very special offer--an exception to a rule when you buy the NEW TiVo Series3 HD box. For a limited time, transfer your Product Lifetime service from a Series1 or Series2 box to the new Series3 HD for only $199. As an added bonus, we'll keep TiVo service activated on your old box for another 12 months for no additional charge.

    I'm fairly certain you realize Product Lifetime service is no longer a payment option for new TiVo service activations, so let's be very clear: This truly is VIP pricing for VIP customers--a one-time Upgrade Offer for our most loyal subscribers. And only our most loyal subscribers. This is huge. I'd do it if I were you.

    Read on, watch the Showcase video ready-and-waiting on TiVo Central, and get ready to rock your home theater with the highest qualty, high-definition entertainment experience possible. Only with TiVo.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go shopping: It's finally time to get myself an HD television!

    Series3ly yours,
    Shanan

    P.S. It's a limited first run, so hurry—snag one of your own before the holiday madness! There's been great (pent-up, is probably the word) demand for the TiVo Series3™ HD, so we want subscribers to have first dibs! And spread the word with friends by sending them this youtube.com link (Since it's a red-carpet announcement, I'm wearing exactly what I wore to the Emmy® awards...).
     
  16. Dr_Zoidberg

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    Well this sucks!

    I checked where I ordered my S2:

    Order Date: January 17, 2004 :mad:
     
  17. Ishma

    Ishma New Member

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    It has been confirmed you can transfer a TiVo HD unit purchased at retail. So problem solved.
     
  18. slay65

    slay65 New Member

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    I agree I bought one from Amazon and had no issues with a transfer. If you are concerned, just buy the new TivoHD from CC. DO NOT OPEN IT. Call Tivo to get your service transfered. If you do have an issue just return it to CC for a refund.
     
  19. craigslist

    craigslist New Member

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    well i have a sony series 1, Even trade activation 2001 :D :D Any takers
     
  20. jcm55

    jcm55 New Member

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    I'm in the same boat. I have a S1 Philips with lifetime service that I bought used on eBay sometime in 2000. For whatever reason, the seller didn't mention in the auction description that the unit already had lifetime service, and it was priced accordingly. I was quite surprised when it showed up -- turned out to be a great deal.

    Anyway, how can I find out when the lifetime service was originally activated by the previous owner?
     

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