Transfer of Lifetime from Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo for $99, with purchase of new Bolt

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  1. Apr 2, 2017 #221 of 1601
    leiff

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    I don't even have a 4K TV but it seems like this price was too good to pass up . I'll enjoy having faster menus than my roamio basic and as well as moca and streaming ability. I won't miss the larger capacity of my Romeo harddrive because Comcast picture quality went to hell so I'm now only subscribe to Comcast local channels won't be recording as much.
     
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  2. Apr 2, 2017 #222 of 1601
    lpwcomp

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    I'm betting supplies will run out before I pull the trigger.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2017 #223 of 1601
    Mikeguy

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    Well, it depends on how far TiVo wanted to extend the promotion, to meet its goals. As with its Series 1 box offer last Fall, apparently TiVo wanted to limit this offer to active boxes (perhaps including to avoid people reviving long-abandoned units simply for purposes of the offer).

    And apparently, there certainly is a whole group of people out there still running Series 2 boxes.

    Just to double-check: did you actually call TiVo and try to make the purchase? It appears that TiVo sometimes has stretched (or ignored) the connection dates requirement. If you haven't yet done so, you might try it (or try it again, in the customer rep. "roulette game")--just a thought.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2017 #224 of 1601
    leiff

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    Great idea does anyone know if discover price protection would work for this?
     
  5. Apr 3, 2017 #225 of 1601
    pdhenry

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    I was looking at the details for the Discover Card price protection. Here's some terms:

    Any purchases made after August 1, 2016 will be subject to the updated terms, which contain an Exclusion and Limitation for computer components including but not limited to external and internal hard drives, CPUs, power supplies, batteries, DVDs, video cassettes, CDs, audio cassettes, printed materials, or any other informational and recreational media.
    Gray area at best. Has anyone filed for a TiVo since August?
     
  6. Apr 3, 2017 #226 of 1601
    Mikeguy

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    You can call them and ask for the program particulars if you're not familiar with them, but I believe someone else said yes. (Keep in mind, tho: there are many different Discover card variations and so programs could be different between cards. Personally, I'd call and check--and they're always so nice on the phone!)
     
  7. Apr 3, 2017 #227 of 1601
    leiff

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    If price protection goes through With my $60 eBay S2 purchase I'm getting a new bolt with lifetime for a little over $300 after tax without sacrificing anything in return. I imagine I could get that much from my Romeo basic if I wanted.
     
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  8. Apr 3, 2017 #228 of 1601
    Mikeguy

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    I don't mean to sound like a picky lawyer, but I don't see an exclusion there for DVR's.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2017 #229 of 1601
    pdhenry

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    It depends on their understanding (or not) of the TiVo as essentially a Linux computer.

    OTOH, most home entertainment electronics noawadays is essentially a computer, and I think taking that position in general for home electronics would be overkill.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2017 #230 of 1601
    Mikeguy

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    You must be an engineer. ;)

    I'm feeling pretty comfortable that the exclusion doesn't apply here: (1) the term "DVR" is a pretty well-known one, and although the exclusion refers to other products by name, it doesn't include DVR's; and (2) I just noticed that the exclusion doesn't include computers themselves, only computer components plus media. I think it would be hard for Discover to say that a DVR is a computer component.

    Get a glass of wine--I think you're fine. ;)
     
  11. Apr 3, 2017 #231 of 1601
    Mikeguy

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    By the way, I applied under Discover's benefits for extended warranty coverage on a tablet keyboard and case a year ago. The benefits people were very easy to work with and, unlike with another card I have, Discover did not require me to buy a replacement product and submit the purchase receipt (although I think I was required to submit proof of the cost of the replacement)--very nice.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2017 #232 of 1601
    V7Goose

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    Well, you can be sour about that if you want, but I personally don't see the point. I think TiVo was SMART to only send out the notification after the cutoff point. There could be 1,000 (or any number) of old S2/S3 boxes sitting in attics that will NEVER be used again, and another 1,000 sitting unsold in thrift shops. Why should they "pay" to remove those boxes from service? If their real desire is to begin pushing the phase-out of this old equipment so they can cut support costs (as I believe is the case), then it is a very wise business move to try to limit the offer ONLY to those customers/boxes that are still actively being used.

    Personally, I threw my S2 boxes away after HD came along, and I am not the slightest bit upset that I cannot "upgrade" one of those today. And a friend gave me a Lifetime S2 box about 4 years ago, but I never bothered to transfer it to my account because I knew I would never use it. It does not bother me in the slightest that I cannot use that old box for an "upgrade" today. And I think TiVo would be extraordinarily stupid if they let me do so.
     
  13. Apr 3, 2017 #233 of 1601
    pdhenry

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    Until a year ago my S2 was the qualifying sub for MSD on an TiVo S3 that I never bothered to Lifetime. I replaced the S3 with a secondhand Premiere with Lifetime but since the S2 was connected and occasionally recording a show I've kept it in service. But it is time, I think. It just passed 12 years of continuous use with no failures.
     
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    timckelley

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    One of my other lifetimed S2s seems to be unrepairable, as I've tried swapping hard drives, and it still won't startup. But I think my other one still works, and I'm actually considering putting it back into service, maybe transferring the SPs from other the other S2 whose lifetime service has been subsumed by my new Bolt.

    The amusing thing is, I'm guessing that TiVo is doing this offer in hopes to get people to stop using these old models of TiVos, but if I do the above, it will have no impact on my net usage of S2 technology, and yet I get the cheap lifetime sub on my Bolt out of the deal.
     
  15. Apr 3, 2017 #235 of 1601
    sjsaleem

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    Do we have to purchase Tivo Bolt from Tivo.com only to avail the promotion or can it also be bought from amazon site?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2017 #236 of 1601
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    Appears that you need to purchase from Tivo.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2017 #237 of 1601
    rjspring

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    Not to be a downer, but I'm reading some interesting information over in a rumor thread about Comcast moving to all IP for their future television delivery, this makes me that much more weary on throwing more $$$ at Tivo for a device that may not work (or pay for itself) over the next couple of years Rumor: Comcast may go all-IP for new subs by year-end
     
  18. Apr 3, 2017 #238 of 1601
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    You have to buy from Tivo, though there is the possibility of using price protection from certain credit cards.
     
  19. Apr 3, 2017 #239 of 1601
    sjsaleem

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    Thank you
     
  20. Apr 3, 2017 #240 of 1601
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    Thank you
     

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