Tivo Pricing Update May 2011

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by socrplyr, May 19, 2011.

  1. socrplyr

    socrplyr Active Member

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    I just hope they come up with a reasonable offer for those coming off of the 19.99 1-year contracts who would want lifetime now.
     
  2. KCcardsfan

    KCcardsfan New Member

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    I called and they told me it would be the $499 price. Who knows if that will change by the time you come off your contract. If you call they and complain they may do something a little better the paying out your contaract and then converting to lifetime.
     
  3. socrplyr

    socrplyr Active Member

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    While in the contract, it doesn't seem unreasonable to ask for that price. However, it just stinks. The real issue isn't the pricing so much, but that they didn't make these changes when they first went to the $19.99 pricing. I think they weren't sure how people would react, so they wanted to test it out first before changing their whole pricing scheme.
     
  4. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

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    I definitely agree. I wish they had just launched the Premiere at this pricepoint since it would eliminate all of these threads.

    There is also the fact it would have saved me $200 when I upgraded at launch.
     
  5. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

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    Just noticed this as I was browsing around:

    There's a line at the bottom of the page where you go to look at pricing options. I can't remember if it was there before or not, but don't remember it being mentioned on here.

    I'm now curious what they'll say - I wonder if this just preserves the option to buy directly from Tivo at the higher price, or if you can purchase elsewhere / purchase a refurb/etc. and still get a cheaper price? There's a lot of variables there, and I'm sure this is meant to let you pay $299 up front for the box, but it's an open question what they'll offer you if you call in and ask about this. Since CSR is involved, anything approaching a consistent answer seems extremely unlikely.

    Of course, they may just say "pay 299 up front, then you can pay 14.99/19.99... but not have the 1 year contract!":rolleyes:
     
  6. langsbr

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    I chatted with CS today and they said the 20/month or 14.99/msd is the price no matter what. I can buy one for 100 from them, and be in a contract, or get a used one and not have a contract - same price. Pretty absurd to me. Im disgusted that they've followed the cell phone model in the US. I'd much rather pay for the hardware than an astronomical 'price' for guide data. This seriously has me on the fence about getting a premiere.
     
  7. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

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    Wait, you specifically said "I want to pay $299 for the Tivo up front" and they still would only give you 14.99 / 19.99 plans? That's absurd. If all you're gaining is the ability to cancel without an ETF, that makes literally no sense whatsoever.

    Why even have that line on their website if they're going to say that? I really wonder what "CSR Roulette" would say about this - God knows we won't get any actual confirmation about what's going on from Tivo! I highly doubt anyone from Tivo still reads these boards or pays any attention to users whatsoever, but c'mon, at some point, the logic is just too broken.
     
  8. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

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    Not really since it is without a contract compared to the old requirement of a 1 year contract.
     
  9. 36446

    36446 New Member

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    Some people don't like contracts so that option is there for them
     
  10. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

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    Sure, but it used to be you got a cheaper price along with that - now they're just saying you can pay $200 extra to get rid of the contract, period.

    Isn't the ETF less than $200 if you have even one month on the monthly service... and the 30-day free return policy applies in that month! Even if you think you'll only use the tivo for ONE MONTH, it's STILL cheaper, even with ETF, isn't it?! I only have lifetime boxes so this isn't my area, but still.

    I still think it's ridiculous that they'll charge you $299 up front plus $20 a month - that's as bad as any cable company if not worse when you consider total cost!
     
  11. 36446

    36446 New Member

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    Yes it is cheaper to go into contract and if you have to pay the ETF but thats the price of having no contract. If you don't like the non-contract way then just says you want a contract. I know a lot of people won't try things if there is a contract required so it's for them. It's logical to see the no contract being more otherwise people would just do them and tivo would loose out on money. And the $20 is not unexpected, Gas goes up, food goes up so not thinking stuff like this won't go up is foolish.
     
  12. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    Guess i got lucky. I activated my Premiere last December just before Christmas the service cost was $99/1yr with MSD and paid for my TiVoHD last October for the year for $129.
    With the current/new pricing and the newer FiOS DVR's there would be decissions to be made as to get TiVo
     
  13. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

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    Apologist much? Seriously. Not going to discuss it any more here.
     

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