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

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  1. tlc

    tlc Active Member

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    I read here that people are getting their lifetimes swapped to TiVos that were not purchased direct. What about to TiVos that were purchased and activated before this offer started?

    I have an HD that I purchased from Amazon and activated about 3 weeks before the lifetime offer was announced. It's on a 3-year MSD at $6.95 with a lifetimed S1. Can I move the lifetime to the newer box?

    Assuming I can, am I then commited to 3-year MSD on the S1? Resuming after the 1-year free?

    I didn't think much about a 3-year commitment when it was on a new HD, but this makes me wonder: What happens if the 3-yr MSD box breaks or I sell it? Am I still committed to $6.95 a month? If I replace it can I move the rest of the 3-yr commitment to a newer box?

    THANKS,
    tlc
     
  2. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

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    No. You would have a chance if it were within 30 days, but by now I would doubt they will do anything for you.

    Yes, you are still committed to 6.95 per month, but you can move it to another box without any problem.
     
  3. orev

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    If you read back in the thread, you will see some other people have done this. All you can do is call them up and plead your case, and maybe they will do it. Others seem to have had success with it though.
     
  4. Karnwine

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    Check out my post earlier in this thread(#308) I bought a HDTivo from the TCF store back in Aug. and had a lifetime S2 and after a bit of pleading and mentioning what was being discussed in this forum, they allowed me to transfer the lifetime over to the HD. Just make sure that you are charged $199 and not $179 for this transfer.
    Good Luck
     
  5. frombhto323

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    Forgive me if this has already been addressed in this thread, but I just spoke with a Tivo CSR, who told me that I couldn't transfer a lifetime sub from any Directv-based Tivo boxes. She tried all 3 that I have and the system would not allow her to do it.

    Has anyone else had different results with Directivos?
     
  6. azitnay

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  8. ursaman

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    ...but I'm curious to know if anyone with lifetime service activated after Oct. 1, 2003 has been able to successfully argue or trick Tivo into transferring it to TivoHD anyway.

    I've spent all morning reading this thread and the most I recall seeing is in the category of "darn, that sucks. It's unfair. I don't qualify."

    I tried calling Tivo to get any sort of logical reason for this date and the best the customer service agent could come up with basically translates to "just because".

    I gleaned from this thread that the most plausible reason is that Lifetime activated after that date is still on their books as revenue - although that still doesn't make sense to me why they wouldn't want to extend that revenue even further by letting us transfer.

    Anyway, if anyone was able to get around that activation date requirement, let us know.

    Thanks!
     
  9. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Okay, I had a series one with lifetime activated just last year, 3-15-2006 (just before they abolished lifetime, so it's one of the latest lifetime activations they've got), and I transferred it to a TiVo HD, and what's more, they waived the $199 fee! :D :cool:

    But they made it clear this was a one time special exception they were granting me because my motherboard went bad, and so the normal strategy of repairing it wasn't very viable.
     
  10. rb_la

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    You win! I only had 7.
     
  11. samaritan66

    samaritan66 New Member

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    Ah, it's only $4000 dollars.....
     
  12. janry

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    I'm up to $1,174 in pending charges (5*$199 + $179). I've got a long way to go to catch you samaritan but since the $179 only came in during the last 24 hours, there's still a chance.

    What happens when they hit my credit card limit ($11,000)? Do they cut-off my service?
     
  13. wtb

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    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but if I go to Best Buy and buy a unit, can I read them the numbers or does it have to be plugged in and running before I call to get the life time transfer? Thanks.
     
  14. azitnay

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    No reason it has to be running before you transfer lifetime... But most people would tell you to get it up and running first, just to make sure it's not DOA. If you have to swap it, you'll have a new TSN, and will have to call TiVo back to straighten things out.

    Drew
     
  15. samaritan66

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    I don't think you have to worry too much. These are authorizations, not the actual charges. They aren't taking the money yet.

    That's not to say you shouldn't keep an eye on your charge cards.
     
  16. dwynne

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    They ARE using up your available credit, however. Every time they get an approval it should decrease your available credit by that amount. When the real charge comes through or after x days the auth will be converted into a real charge or dropped and the available credit restored. If someone were dumb enough to use a debit card online they could tie up your checking account balance and cause you to bounce checks.

    This can happen to you if you are on a trip (and don't have much balance in your account) and using a credit or debit card to buy gas. When you swipe your card before pumping they may get a $50 auth which ties up $50 in your bank on available credit, but you only buy $15 worth of gas. Once the $15 hits the bank/CC they take the $50 off and replace it with the $15. But if you keep stopping on your trip and using the same card you could run out of funds.

    I would really worry if Tivo does not charge you the right amount for the transfer price. They put in the wrong amount could mean they just toasted your transfer and sold you a 1 year pre-pay or something.

    Dennis
     
  17. CharlesH

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    $15 of gasoline doesn't go very far these days. In fact, I saw a report on the local news recently of people with big cars/SUVs complaining that they cannot fill up since they hit the $50 limit. That is only around 17 gallons at current prices. :)
     
  18. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Around here, the limit is $75. I've hit that limit about twice when the per gallon price was high. My truck takes about 25 gallons, but once when I hit $75, was when I was trying to also fill my 2 gallon gas can I used for my lawn mower. It's been a long time since prices were $3 / gallon, so it's hard for me to hit the $75 limit.
     
  19. dwynne

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    You should travel with me on one of my motorcycles :D . I have to stop about every 100-120 miles on the cruiser. I use Amex or gas company credit cards when I fill up, so none of those credit lock problems for me.

    Dennis
     
  20. Carlton Bale

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    When you call, do you just give them the e-mail address of the other account to give them the referral points?
     

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