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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sender_name, Jul 22, 2019.
still havent got the email yet and I have 3 units that would qualify
The necessary promotion code is just the TSN for the unit you want to "trade" (I just copied & pasted from my TiVo.com account). If you have an eligible unit just give the web page in the OP a try.
I have a Roamio Pro and 3 mini's, along with two Series 3 sitting in the closet. I powered up the Series 3's last night and hopefully got them checked in to Tivo before the midnight cutoff. I'm trying to decide if it's worth trading one S3 for a Bolt. Having a second box would be helpful if my Roamio died for some reason avoiding a full price replacement, but it's also $400. Can a Bolt work line a mini as a slave device or does it require a cablecard to work at all?
No, a Bolt is a "host" and a Mini is a "slave". Without a cable card it is OTA or a networked storage device.
Assuming a TiVo service plan, which a BOLT acquired through the promo should have, the BOLT could stream content from the CableCARD-equipped Roamio ... though the CableCARD-less BOLT would only be able to stream recorded or currently-recording content from the Roamio; the BOLT couldn’t pull-up live TV from the guide as a Mini could. You should also be able to transfer content between your DVRs, the ease of which would be determined by your choice of OS/UI. The apps, of course, will also work, and should provide a better experience than the Roamio and any older non-VOX Minis.
For me it was a no brainer...Bolt takes 1 cable card, S3 takes 2. That's saving $8 a month on 1 cable card, $96 a year....Plus with the Mini in my bedroom I can get rid of that cable box $12/month, $144. First year I save $240 on rental equipment. In 2 years the ENTIRE purchase of Bolt, Mini and sub transfer ($509 w/ tax) is paid for in returned rental equipment alone...Not to mention the increase in tuners (from 2 to 4) that means no more squabbles about NESN, ESPN, and Hallmark all wanting to record with only 2 Tuners...
You don't need to get the email to take advantage of the offer. You put the service # of the tivo (log in online to your account) or you can call their sales and do it over the phone.
I haven’t used Citi Price Rewind in about a year. Thanks for the tip to make sure it still works. I need to verify that.
I had a SiliconDust tuner a long time ago. I have not yet tested a modern one. Yesterday I ordered a SD Quattro from Fred Meyer Direct for $75—deal was posted on slickdeals. However, posters are now saying their orders are being cancelled by Fred Meyer, so I may not get it.
I have OTA antenna in attic and RG6 lines and Cat6 sent out from a central location near that antenna. I have a PlexPass lifetime, but no HDHomeRun in possession right now to compare to TiVo. I have AppleTV’s on main TV and Gameroom TV. At one point I owned 4 TiVos at a given time. Now I am down to one Premiere that has lifetime.
I may have misspoke above. My perspective is that one can stream a lot of content, making TiVo less necessary. I have 4 people in my home and a 1 TB monthly data cap. The 2 kids only stream, using a lot of data. We get Hulu with commercials (student rate with Spotify for $5/mo), Amazon Prime, and Netflix. If I didn’t have a bandwidth cap, I wouldn’t need a TiVo at all. Of the broadcast TV I watch, I don’t think there is any show I would miss if I lost it. TV is kind of something to have on in the background.
At any rate, I am also intrigued by HDHomerun. With it, our 2 AppleTvs could be the only device I use on the TVs. Already have Plex running on a MacMini and hundreds of movies on Plex.
But, reasons to keep TiVo are several. First, do I want to tie up my Mac Mini with capturing and processing tv streams with HDHomeRun? Will my network be okay or have trouble? If I only used streaming, will my wife get upset we have to ration tv watching due bandwidth cap?
I also note that cable/sat viewers pay about $12/mo just for the local channels. I get them with an antenna. So, shouldn’t I just feel lucky to have a lifetimed TiVo to get broadcast channels for no monthly fee?
thanks, just ordered with TSN from old series two, just had to remove the "-" from the tsn for it to accept - great deal!
Thanks. Assuming I get a CC for the Bolt, can Mini's access recordings seamlessly between the Roamio and Bolt or is the Mini only paired with one? I vaguely recall during set up the Mini had to be pointed to a main box but unsure how recordings are seen across multiple Tivo boxes.
For $130 more than a Mini, you can get more tuners and more storage. Swap all four and keep the Bolts. $1200 for a house full of TiVos and 300 hours of storage is a bargain.
Well except for the cable cards you have to rent (assuming not solely OTA) and might want 4K...
My aunt physically gave me her Lifetime Series 2 TiVo years ago. She did not officially transfer it to my TiVo account. I connected it to the internet about a year or two ago. Could I use the TSN to get the discount or does it have to officially be transferred to my account first?
Per the terms of the sale, if it hasn't connected in the past year (since July 22, 2018) it might not be eligible, but you could try. In this case since it isn't on your account "she" could buy it, or she could transfer it first. It's a relatively easy process. She contacts them with your name/email and gets a code. You then contact them to confirm the code and it's done.
If it's not eligible this time, connect it again every few months until the next sale. These lifetime deals have cropped up a handful of times over the last couple years.
For a definitive answer, just try it. Go to sale link on first page, add the Bolt, and type in the TSN in the coupon field. It will either work and show the $299 price or it won't.
Though if it works, will the new box end up on the aunt's account ... requiring transfer once received?
The Minis will be able to stream recorded or currently recording content from either DVR effortlessly, via the My Shows listing of the configured host DVR; the only difference is that the secondary DVR's listing would be accessed via its icon in the My Shows listing. (TiVo still doesn't present a combined listing.)
Each Mini would only be able to view live TV via the guide and a tuner from the currently configured host DVR, though changing the configured host DVR is a simple, quick process ... with one big exception: If the DVRs are running different software versions, TE3 and TE4, changing the host DVR is a much more cumbersome process, since the Mini's software would need to be upgraded/downgraded to match the software version of the host DVR. Ugh, right?
Not sure if I just got lucky or they made a mistake or what - but I was able to use the link and use the TSN of an old Series3 that I had (never had lifetime service for - not active in the last year) and it worked - $399 for the 1TB including lifetime service. I was just giving every TSN in my account a shot to see if it would take. None of them did, but for some reason it accepted the series 3. The series 3 box hadn't been active since 2008, has been listed in my "inactive" Tivos list forever - I have no idea where it even is . . .may have been thrown out or given away years ago - either way its on my acount and listed as inactive. The only thing I can think of is that in the "reactivate" section, it does state that its not supported any longer and can no longer be activated.
Ugh! Really need to make sure I have old boxes phone home.
I used the TSN from a Roamio OTA, and regardless of which Bolt I add to my cart, I get this popup. But, the item in the cart still shows the Bolt that I added. If I go ahead with the purchase I'm not sure what I'm going to get.
Ah, just read the fine print. Roamio is not on the qualifying list.