TiVo Orders Me a Subscription to Forbes

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by BrianEWilliams, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Aug 4, 2008 #1 of 15
    BrianEWilliams

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    I just received an invoice for a subscription to Forbes that I never ordered. I called them up to cancel, 1-800-295-0893, and they said TiVo ordered it for me. Thanks for the hassle TiVo.
     
  2. Aug 4, 2008 #2 of 15
    vazquezj324

    vazquezj324 now THIS is Colorado

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    Wha?!?! I'm confused...TiVo sales magazines on the side? I know they are needing out of the red...but thats a little silly.
     
  3. Aug 4, 2008 #3 of 15
    MikeAndrews

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    Subscribing was a few-clicks option on a TiVo ad.

    You got kids that use the remote?

    They need an parental control option to disable any online ordering like with the $$ Pay-per-view limit on DTiVos.
     
  4. Aug 4, 2008 #4 of 15
    rainwater

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    They need to create a PIN for each account. Then when making these requires on the TiVo, it should require a valid pin. This would keep people from accidentally ordering these things.
     
  5. Aug 4, 2008 #5 of 15
    MichaelK

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    I suspect its like the one for smartphone or the other mag like that- I forget which it was. But I order it to try out.

    the tivo offer said something like "order a free trial magazine" and then the fine print said we'll send you a bill just pay the bill to continue to receive it. And I've gotten a few bills- if you read the fine print (at least on that one) it clearly says it's nothing you currently owe- but if you pay you'll keep getting it.

    I think that's a common magazine ploy.

    Give you a free one then send an "invoice" that implies you owe them already when really it's for future services only if you pay the invoice.

    The magazine people are just this side of the copier supply people that call and ask you to "confirm your copier make and model number" and when you do they send you 500 in supplies and bill you since you have them in your possession.
     
  6. Aug 4, 2008 #6 of 15
    MichaelK

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    you can go it with kidzone.

    doesn't fit everyone's needs.

    but some might find that usefull.

    Basically kidzone locks down all functions except npl and live tv (and then you can further lock those down based on ratings and the like to only allow subsets.)
     
  7. Aug 4, 2008 #7 of 15
    rainwater

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    The problem is TiVo assumes only one person uses a TiVo. Using Kidzone for adults doesn't make sense. TiVo can easily fix this by requiring some authorization before doing these requests. My guess is the advertisers don't want this so TiVo caves to them.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2008 #8 of 15
    MichaelK

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    as i said- doesnt work for everyone...

    also- so far as i understand the only thing so far that obligates you to pay is amazon and doesnt that require the pin?

    ordering a brochure from lexus, or a "free trial' magazine costs you nothing.
     
  9. Aug 8, 2008 #9 of 15
    BrianEWilliams

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    Thanks for the replies. I believe my 8 year old son ordered the magazine. On one hand, I am happy TiVo didn't do it without authorization. On the other hand, I am not happy my son did. I will go check out KidZone right now.
     
  10. jkalnin

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    KidZone dosn't assume only one person uses the Tivo. You can put in a 4 digit code to exit KidZone and the Tivo goes back to normal. I use it on my family room Tivo that has Kid access. When they go to bed you just unlock Kidzone. Once the Tivo notices no actions for a while it snaps back into KidZone automatically.

    It really is a handy feature if you have kids that know how to work the peanut.
     
  11. BrianEWilliams

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    I just set KidZone up, and it seems like a great feature. My boys mainly use the TiVo now that we've moved to HD.

    Sorry TiVo, but your insistence on Cablecards has pushed me to a PC-based HD recorder. We still use the TiVo on the occasion that the PC system craps out, like it did last night when starting a second simultaneous HD recording. Makes you appreciate the rock-solid performance of TiVo. If TiVo would let me map the HD channels manually, I'd come back.
     
  12. janry

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    I remember that Forbes thing. I almost accidentally did it myself. Oops!
     
  13. jakerock

    jakerock Hey ho howdy!

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    He has pretty sophisticated tastes for an 8 year old. I guess the trash periodicals that you get don't do it for him. :)
     
  14. MichaelK

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    my kids like their "own now playing list" so much they get annoyed if they happen to grab the remote after we've entered the code.

    Also- if you have a universal remote and can program the tivo standby key- that turns kidzone on. We have our remote set with a macro that when the tv is shut off the tivo gets the standy code and the box is locked up and kid ready.
     
  15. RonDawg

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    Neither...
    I was gonna say, Mr. Williams has a future CEO in the family.
     

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