Transfer S1 or S2 lifetime to S3 for $199!!!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mick66, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Bedford, TX


    Now that the S3 is up on the TiVo page, which deal do you pick if you intend to transfer lifetime?

    I guess I'll call the hotline (866-424-8486) and ask when I get off work.
  2. ab3tx

    ab3tx Smoky White Devil

    Mar 12, 2006
    Noticed this fine print on the page:

    Offer Terms and Conditions

    1. Tivo® Series3TM HD DVR purchase required by 12/31/2006 and activation of the DVR is required by 01/31/2007. Series3 HD DVR must be purchased through DVRs purchased through retail channels are not eligible.
  3. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed & Juliet's CPA

    Feb 27, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    Go to the VIP website - By adding it to your cart, you will jump directly to the TiVo Store bypassing the need to select a plan.
  4. AVSman

    AVSman Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    :thumbsdown: Booooo! That sucks, as I have bunch of Circuit City gift cards to burn, so I'll be getting my S3 there. Oh well, at least I have a lifetime giftcard I can use.
  5. Jazhuis

    Jazhuis New Member

    Aug 30, 2006


    I have one question from the fine print of the Lifetime offer:

    That cancellation of the "1-year contract" applies to the free year contract on the old unit, right? So essentially, that says that you have to not pay for at least 60 days of service on the old unit before you can tell them to cancel the remaining 335 free days?
  6. sommerfeld

    sommerfeld Lucky (?) 200 member

    Feb 26, 2006
    That's the way I read it, too. It makes a weird sort of sense if you believe the reason for the 1-year free contract is to boost their subscriber numbers until such time as cox and comcast deployments happen in force.
  7. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

    Jan 16, 2003
    I just ordered mine.
  8. ingenue007

    ingenue007 UNLUCKY W/TW AUSTIN

    Aug 22, 2005
    i just ordered mine 2nd day shipping. i cant believe i was unlucky and got charged tax of 67 dollars. ugh. 878 total. i'm not happy with that number. +200 more to transfer. ugh.
  9. greenstork

    greenstork New Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    I have a Samsung SIR-4120 DirecTiVo and I have never paid TiVo a dime. However, the unit does not require a monthly fee, only $6 to D*TV per month. Is this considered a lifetime subscription?
  10. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 1999
    Buffalo, NY

    Lifetime subscription is a one-time payment to TiVo in the hundreds-of-dollars range.

    D*TiVo's weren't eligible for lifetime subs anyway.
  11. drosoph

    drosoph Distinguished Member

    Mar 21, 2000
    Allen, TX, USA
    Referral swap anyone :) -- Or is that banned here?
  12. bferrell

    bferrell Now in HD!

    Jun 22, 2005
    Cincinnati, OH
    DUDE! I called in and a CSR told me I HAD to buy it retail and call in, so I ordered from Circuit City. I'm totally screwed. Hope I can cancel my order.

  13. Ereth

    Ereth Unemployed Bum

    Jun 16, 2000
    This thread has been moving so fast it's hard to keep up!

    First, I'm very excited to see this finally released.

    Second, the Lifetime Transfer is awesome. I have a dead Series 1 with Lifetime (it's got a broken modem) that I was keeping because I couldn't bear to discard the Lifetime service. Every time I started thinking about what it would take to get it online again (TiVoNet, etc) I decided it wasn't really worth it for an old Series 1.

    NOW I can transfer that Lifetime to a brand new Series 3 and not have to worry about how to get the Series 1 back to life.This is GREAT for me, and great for TiVo since they get a newer box with newer features in the consumers home.

    TiVo, good job!

    I already called Comcast and the cablecards are free, though I don't have digital service so I would have to upgrade to get HD channels from them and that will cost me an additional $12/month per Cablecard. More if I want more than just locals.

    But this move sets me up for when DirecTV decides that the HR10-250 isn't going to be supported any more. I'm VERY happy.

    There was a comment earlier in the thread about QAM. Doesn't this answer from the FAQ basically say that the TiVo CAN do it?

  14. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    Apr 18, 2002
    Fairfax, VA
    The S3 can tune unencrypted QAM, but currently it will not know that xxx.xx matches up to NBC HD for example. I'm not sure what priority researching/adding that functionality is.
  15. eisenb11

    eisenb11 Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    I just ordered mine w 2-day shipping. Stupid CA sales tax... $66.00...
  16. Jazhuis

    Jazhuis New Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Gah! Your user name is so close to my last name that it freaks me out when I see you reply to my posts. :p

    My other guess might be that it may be a way to make sure that the unit LT is being transferred from isn't on its very last legs. Of course, just because you have service doesn't mean you make your Tivo dial in...hmm.

    Or, while I'm wildly speculating, it means that the secondhand market won't be immediately flooded with perfectly good S1's and S2's as people replace them with S3's. The sad part is that MRV would be the perfect excuse for people who are buying the S3 as a second Tivo, to show them how useful it would upgrade their old S2 to an S3. Heh.
  17. eisenb11

    eisenb11 Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    My guess is that they're hoping you'll hook the S3 up to your primary TV (i.e. living room) then hook your old S1/S2 up to another TV (i.e. bedroom)... then after one year get used to having it on that second TV and continue paying via the multi-unit discount.
  18. Shawn95GT

    Shawn95GT Tivo, in HD!

    Oct 7, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I see my kids getting a Tivo in the play room in the near future - lol.
  19. eisenb11

    eisenb11 Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    So, I was thinking (ignore that burning smell)...

    Since the S3 is supposed to be a non-standard-consumer-high-end unit I wonder if Tivo will be incorporating some way to control it via home automation systems?

    I develop automation software and would be stoked if Tivo implemented control over ethernet.

    It would be sweet if we could download the EPG data off of the Tivo for display on the controller system... at the least, they should allow us to transmit discreet commands (power on, power off, change channel to, etc) via ethernet...
  20. Glen Graham

    Glen Graham Senior Moment

    Oct 12, 2000
    SacraTomato, CA
    On the contrary. Original Series 1 D*TiVo's could be lifetime'd with TiVo, and I seem to recall they had to pay the same higher monthly charge as standalone's if they did not.

    Many D* users got lifetime. When D* went to "in-house" TiVo support, at $5/month per account, those with a lifetime were exempt from that $5/month fee.

    The question is: Does an original D*TiVo with lifetime qualify for transfer to the S3?

    *edit* Just found several lifetime D*TiVo's on eBay for just over $200 "Buy It Now"...

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