Tivo Summer Sale 2019 is ON! Just transferred my Series 3 to a new Bolt Vox

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  1. SMWinnie

    SMWinnie Dis Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    Same boat here. Had my 2006-vintage TiVo HD hooked up to an OTA antenna. Got the email offer. TSN for the TiVo HD was not listed but a Roamio was.

    Went through the order process and typed in the HD's 652 TSN as the promo code. (No dashes.) YMMV, but it worked fine for me.
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  2. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Just got the email about this a couple hours ago. They only list my Roamio OTA and I'm not about to waste money on upgrading that Tivo. I'm not even sure that it's made any connection to the mothership in the last year.My S2 isn't listed but has connected several times in the last year. I'd upgrade that but when I try, it won't accept the TSN.
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    If you want to use the S2 for an upgrade, telephone and speak with a TiVo customer service rep. Likely, it'll work for this just fine, as the S2 qualifies.
  4. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Call them. Sometimes the ordering website does not work correctly, imagine that ;)
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  5. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    They started sending out emails with specific qualifying TSNs. But it's all screwed up. We have accounts with multiple Tivos, Bolt, Roamios, Premieres, S3, S2. All the S2/S3/Premieres should/do qualify. However the emails don't list ANY of them, two emails, both list one qualifying TSN, and each is a ROAMIO. I was considering ordering one but will not, even if they fill the order they might end up deactivating a Roamio since they are the TSNs listed in the emails. No way going to take that chance............
  6. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

    Feb 27, 2005
    Apparently my old donor S2 isn't working a second time any more, but the listed one of my Premieres and the other TSN seems to work.
    They seem to be keeping the TSN eligibility in a cookie since if I empty the card after applying a code and add another one it shows up at the promoting price immediately. Makes it hard to play with different codes.

    Edit: If I'm logged in it appears to automatically apply the TSN listed in the email...
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  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I really don't see the issue here. If concerned about doing it online and there being an error, simply place the order over the phone directly with a TiVo customer service rep. I certainly wouldn't let this deter me from a nice offer like this, if I wanted it.
  8. John7777

    John7777 Member

    Jul 23, 2017
    I entered my TSN for my premiere series 4 and it didn't accept it. It should be included.
  9. HiRoller

    HiRoller Member

    Jan 10, 2004
    Be sure to skip the dashes. I just ordered to replace a Premiere and it refused until I did that.
  10. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Well you have not had the experiences I've had the past few years. I like things that WORK, email that shows correct TSNs, enter the TSN, takes the order, then PRETTY sure it will work correctly. Calling, well then all I have is the word of someone offshore, if anything goes wrong like deactivating wrong box good luck. Don't really need a Vox, might have done one since a decent deal but not under these circumstances, as I said the past had been a horror story for me, I'll wait, maybe next year they will have transfer to Edge and MAYBE it will work as it should......................
  11. dishrich

    dishrich Active Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    What does anyone think about trying to use the TSN of an old Toshiba Series 2 DVD player combo, that came loaded with the "basic" lifetime service, for this offer? :D
  12. TKnight206

    TKnight206 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    I'm sorry, are they saying that the Roamio is going to be deactivated next month regardless of whether or not we buy a new one?

    This part has me concerned. Regardless of whether the date is right.
    I hope that I'm misinterpreting it. If they're still selling Roamios on TiVo Outlet perhaps I am.
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  13. tgenius

    tgenius Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    I'm tempted to trade in Roamio for Bolt, but $300 tempted? and only using for OTA...not so much. :/
  14. pad77

    pad77 Member

    May 25, 2002
    I just got the email from Tivo and my Toshiba Series 2 was listed as a qualified unit. But i had upgraded to lifetime service in 2005 so i'm not sure if any "Basic" units qualify.

    My Toshiba still works 14 years later but needs an external ATSC 1.0 converter to work. To allow the external converter box to work i have to use the Series 2 I/R output to change channels on the external converter box.

    I'm concerned that when local TV stations start transmitting ATSC 3.0 in 2020 and 2021 these new Tivo boxes with built-in OTA tuners
    (ATSC 1.0) will stop working since these new Tivo units don't have I/R outputs and will not be able to control any new external ATSC 3.0 tuner boxes.

    The FCC mandates that all TV stations that switch to ATSC 3.0 are required to transmit ATSC 1.0 signals for 5 years, but after that they can turn off all ATSC 1.0 signals

    So if you are planning to use these new Tivo units to receive TV Antenna signals then these new Tivo may only have a useful lifespan of 5 to 7 years.

    Here is a list on local TV stations that are converting to ATSC 3.0 soon
  15. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

    Feb 27, 2005
    That's a common interpretation but that's not what they mean.
    It's also not the first offer to have that language.
  16. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Current Roamio boxes are just fine--it's only if you use a Roamio box for this offer that it will be deactivated shortly after.
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  17. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Yep, I've never had an issue with placing an oral order with TiVo's customer service reps, in the course of which they've answered any questions I've had and further thrown in a free Slide Pro remote with my orders, or later sent me a free breakout cable kit when I needed one and hadn't realized that the needed cable didn't come packaged with the Roamio (Basic) box, or sent me a free adapter for a Vox remote, for use with a Roamio box; and I've always received what I ordered. I likewise didn't have an issue with my oral order for a Bolt under an earlier, similar upgrade offer.

    I'm not surprised that emails for offers like the one here do not list every TiVo box that a customer might have, that qualifies for the offer (and, in fact, I received such an email earlier today myself), as we've seen it before. But a call has confirmed working matters out to the customer's need and benefit (if the customer simply hasn't gone ahead and placed an order at the TiVo offer webpage, following the instructions there to use as the promo code the TSN of a qualifying TiVo box--nothing there restricts the TSN/promo codes to what is included in an email), including as stated in the offer ("If you have any questions, please contact TiVo Customer Support at 1-877-367-8486.").
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  18. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Boy, wouldn't that be nice. :D My guess is, TiVo "Basic" service won't count--it's not considered by TiVo to be "Lifetime," it's "Basic." But why not try online, if you're curious? (Just use the Series 2 TSN, without dashes, as the promo code.) I think that the worst that will happen is that the website says that the code is not valid for the offer.
  19. andrew1883

    andrew1883 Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    I agree. But then last year (?) they compounded the error by sending a final warning email aimed at those who'd taken the offer (last chance to pull your recordings) to EVERYONE including those of us who didn't.

    Now my problem, the last 2 years I've forgotten to have my S2DT call home so it didn't qualify (it's not generally connected). This year I did connect between 7/2018 and 7/2019 but they still only list my Premiere. The fine print includes S2 so how can I do that?

    Also, the 1TB Bolt Vox is $400 under this offer ($300 for 500GB). Assuming they'll honor the S2DT trade-in I guess it's worth it since I can't use the unit for anything.

    If they don't honor the S2DT, is it worth $400 to upgrade a 320GB Premiere? It has a CableCard and I use it at most 4 months a year (mid-Dec to mid-Apr) on Comcast.

    If they do honor the S2DT, is there a resale market (and possible to resell) to be worth also trading 320GB Premiere and $400 for a 1TB Bolt Vox? I can't use 2 TiVos but would consider trading in both if the Bolt is worth "more than $400 more" than the Premiere.

  20. AntiPC

    AntiPC Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    My experience exactly. My vintage HD was on a UPS because if it turned off and turned back on it suffered from the blinking green light of death if certain chips on its motherboard weren't heated with a hairdryer first. You only get stories like this on TCF.

    The bolt will be a nice upgrade, and I already have a UPS to plug it into.

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