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

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

  1. Oct 11, 2007 #41 of 503
    Koan

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    As I said above, I tried it and it didn't work. Tivo told me I had to buy the new Tivo HD from them. Maybe they will change their tune down the road or a different CSR will allow it.
     
  2. Oct 11, 2007 #42 of 503
    faerie

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    As someone with a single TV who can't get the MSD, I think this works out pretty well. According to my math, if we were to upgrade to HD, the best deal is a 3 year monthly for $12.95/mo. Transferring the lifetime for $199 works out to be about 16 months of service.
     
  3. Oct 11, 2007 #43 of 503
    Eccles

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    With a new 52" LCD on the way - our first HDTV - the timing of this offer couldn't have been better, but like some others, I'm concerned about the whole SDV issue. TW here in Austin is moving pretty much everything to SDV just as fast as their greedy little legs will carry them, and I'm loathe to transfer my Lifetime to a machine which may be obsoleted in a year or so. Perhaps I'll pick up an HD and go month-to-month on it with MSD, and keep the Lifetime in reserve until the next generation TiVo comes down the pike.

    It does appear that TiVo is starting to make a habit of this sort of offer every few months, as more and more Lifetime subs roll past their 4-year anniversary and are thus fully amortized in TiVo's revenue stream. If I was one of the folks bemoaning the fact that their Lifetime date misses the cutoff by a few weeks, I'd be looking towards a similar offer around Christmas time as another bookkeeping quarter rolls around.
     
  4. Oct 11, 2007 #44 of 503
    DVDerek

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    Eh, they're still providing me the "Lifetime" of service I bought on the original box under the terms that I agreed to when I bought it. I think they're leaving business on the table with the cutoff date on this offer, but it's their right.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2007 #45 of 503
    DVDerek

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    Series 2 with 1 year of service seems to sell on Ebay for about $200. So you'd be looking at Upgrading your TiVo and keeping lifetime for only the cost of the HD TiVo ($299). This presumes that 1 year of service is transferable...

    EDIT - It seems those completed auctions were for new units or at least units that still had the boxes.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2007 #46 of 503
    Eccles

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    ... which it is not, according to the fine print.
     
  7. Oct 11, 2007 #47 of 503
    faerie

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    Ah, see, we'd be giving the S2 unit to a family member to use... So if under the fine print, we can't actually transfer the old unit to them, then maybe this doesn't do us any good.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2007 #48 of 503
    hansendc

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    I have an old Lifetime'd Sony Series 1 activated in 2001. It oddly won't qualify for some reason. Anybody else see this?
     
  9. Oct 11, 2007 #49 of 503
    rodneyb

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    I'm in the same exact boat as you. UPS is scheduled to get here with my brand new s3 tivo from weaknees tomorrow. Comcast is scheduled to show up on Saturday.

    I hope I can qualify for this offer since it's a brand new Tivo.
     
  10. Oct 11, 2007 #50 of 503
    andersonsrus

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    We just goy Comcast DVR after getting a HD TV and we were lifetimes on 2 Tivo to begin with.

    With the HD Tivo can you watch Live TV and record another?

    Also what has your luck been with the cable cards?
    There is a no return policy on this and I am afaraid that the cards won;t work and then I am stuck. Because what might happen Comcast will say its the Tivo and Tivo will say comcast. or am I better off with the 3 year prepaid paln or wait until the Comast/Tivo units show up?

    Info Please
     
  11. Oct 11, 2007 #51 of 503
    rainwater

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    You will have to just push harder with the CSR. It would not be fair to someone who just bought a Tivo HD to have to return it and purchase from tivo.com to get the deal. And I am pretty sure Best Buy, etc wouldn't appreciate it if this deal was forcing users to send their boxes back to them.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2007 #52 of 503
    joshguy875

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    Why have they stipulated that this is only valid for lifetime subscriptions made prior to Oct 1, 2003? It seems like they should be taking any chance they have to get money out of a lifetime subscriber regardless of sign up date.
     
  13. Oct 11, 2007 #53 of 503
    edifice

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    I have a lifetime subscription that shows up on my Tivo account that should have been transfered to a new owner that bought my old Tivo. Has anyone here sold a Tivo with a lifetime subscription attached? I assume the TiVo Service Number should have disappeared from my account when the new owner called Tivo should it not? I sold it almost 2 years ago.

    The reason I ask is that it is tempting to buy the new Tivo HD and ask them to transfer my lifetime that shouldn't still be showing up in my account. Obviously if the old box is still alive and in use this would cause some issues for the person I sold it to.. Or I could be lucky and the box might be dead and not in use.. Another interesting thing is that it does not show up in Amazon Unbox so this would mean that the software is not up to date and that it is not being used. Is my thought process correct? ARGHHH what shall I do!!

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks
    Brian
     
  14. Oct 11, 2007 #54 of 503
    tomryan

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    what you should do is nothing, you sold it as is with lifetime, you collected the money. Its done. You could of course reach out to the person who bought it and see if they are using it, etc.

     
  15. Oct 11, 2007 #55 of 503
    Keith Mickunas

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    I have an old series 1, I know it's older than 5 years, with a lifetime subscription. I just got a TivoHD from Amazon, it arrived today, and I have FIOS coming out tomorrow with the cablecards. I was planning to buy the 3 year subscription, then I saw this special and was hoping to beg and plead my way into this offer.

    But now after reading this thread I see I have other options. Am I correct in understanding that I can add this TivoHD as a second unit under my existing lifetime subscription and only pay $6.95 a month? In which case the cost of the transfer plus the extra $50 I would have to spend buying this from Tivo (not to mention the return to Amazon) would only benefit me if I use this for more than three years.
     
  16. Oct 11, 2007 #56 of 503
    edifice

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    You are absolutely right tomryan. I am being greedy. Thanks for the kick in the head.

    Brian
     
  17. Oct 11, 2007 #57 of 503
    dswallow

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    Actually your best deal is $299 for 3 years of service prepaid, amounting to $8.31/month. The $199 lifetime transfer then works out to be 24 months of service. Though getting the free 12 months of service on the older TiVo receiver as part of the lifetime transfer has a value that needs to be factored in, too.
     
  18. Oct 11, 2007 #58 of 503
    David Scavo

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    I believe TIVO prorates the lifetime sub fee over a 4 year period. So lifetimes sold before Oct 2003 are no longer revenue producing subs.
     
  19. Oct 11, 2007 #59 of 503
    DeeJayK

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    I have a S1 that was activated with Lifetime prior to January 2000. I've heard something about this being a "grandfathered" unit which gives me the right to transfer this subscription to another box for free.

    I'm considering moving up to an HD (or maybe an S3) and am wondering if anyone can give me details on this rumor?

    If it's true, are there limitations on where I can purchase the new unit (i.e. only direct from Tivo)? How do I go about making the subscription transfer?

    Thanks for any assistance!
     
  20. Oct 11, 2007 #60 of 503
    dig_duggler

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    Anyone want to bet a large sum of money this offer doesn't expire when it's supposed to?
     

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