Transfer your Lifetime service for only $99

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by winter, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Apr 6, 2017 #141 of 386
    ingsoc747

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    So 500 gb isn't enough for 4 tuners? Just curious as I've had a 1 tb drive in my tivohd for years, and now it seems like it was overkill (i have shows on there from over a year ago still lol).
     
  2. Apr 6, 2017 #142 of 386
    krkaufman

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    It really depends on your approach. My mom has a 500GB OTA Roamio that's never above 40% full. She has a light recording setup and deletes most shows as soon as she watches 'em.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2017 #143 of 386
    brettatk

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    It's so cheap and easy to upgrade them that I usually do it as soon as I get the TiVo. I could probably get by with the stock drive but now I don't have to worry about letting shows build up. I'll record shows and let them sit there for a season or two before I finally get to them. Of course sometimes after watching a couple of episodes I'll delete the entire season if I don't like it.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2017 #144 of 386
    krkaufman

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    Yep, nice to have the flexibility. We've also found an oversized drive useful for setting a OnePass to record 'Everything' to scoop-up shows in syndication that we didn't catch on their first run... and that aren't available through streaming services.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2017 #145 of 386
    ingsoc747

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I'll see how I get along with 500gb for now. I don't have nearly as many channels as I used to, as I now subscribe to the Fios plan with "custom TV."
     
  6. Apr 6, 2017 #146 of 386
    scottopus

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    It appears they have plenty of the Bolt pluses. Bought mine online yesterday (Apr 5) at 7:45 AM. Got the “Your TiVo Order Has Shipped” that same afternoon (Apr 5) at 2:21 PM. The tracking number provided showed that it was picked up 7:10 pm yesterday and is expected to be here by Saturday (Apr 8). That is the same date that was shown when I ordered online.
     
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  7. Apr 6, 2017 #147 of 386
    Mikeguy

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    And others of us keep amassing series of shows that we're never going to have time to watch . . . . ;)
     
  8. Apr 6, 2017 #148 of 386
    krkaufman

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    Yeah, that example was my mom's place. My sister's place has 11TB between 2 DVRs running around 85% full -- and that's because I did a recent purge of older seasons now available via a subscribed streaming service (or purchased via Ultraviolet).

    To be fair, I could bring that utilization down more if I would ever get around to offloading the college basketball games I'm looking to archive.
     
  9. Apr 6, 2017 #149 of 386
    Antrom

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    Has anybody tried to call TIVO and switch over to lifetime $99 plan from there montly plan assuming you received the promo email. I'm on a very old plan $3.99 a month and not sure if it's even worth it vs buying another BOLT with lifetime instead and keep the low monthly plan. BTW I had a 4TB drive in bolt and i'm at 100% full all the time. :)
     
  10. Apr 6, 2017 #150 of 386
    aaronwt

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    It's not a lifetime plan with the promo email. It's $99 to transfer the lifetime service from a Series 2 or Series 3.
    You aren't buying the lifetime service, you are transferring it.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2017 #151 of 386
    Robert Simandl

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    I have a Tivo HD XL, but never got the email. Can I still transfer my lifetime service?
     
  12. Apr 6, 2017 #152 of 386
    krkaufman

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    That's an eligible model, but you haven't provided sufficient information to say, one way or the other, given the terms specified in the first post of the thread...

    Only TiVo Series2/Series3, HD and HDXL DVRs with Product Lifetime service that have dialed into the TiVo service between 3/28/16 and 3/28/17 qualify. Your current box will be deactivated 10 days after you connect to the TiVo service.

    When's the last time it made a successful connection to the TiVo service?

    Posts to the forum indicate the email is moot if you have a unit that matches the eligibility requirements.
     
  13. Apr 6, 2017 #153 of 386
    phox_mulder

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    One of my OTA's still has the original drive, and it's usually around 75% full.
    The other OTA has a 1TB drive, and is usually around 45% full.
    The Roamio Basic has a 2TB drive, and it hardly gets over 25-30% full.

    Ya, I probably would have been perfectly happy with just 1TB, but more is always better, right?

    Soon I'll have 16 tuners with 7.5TB of storage, and I'm only using an off air antenna.

    phox
     
  14. Apr 7, 2017 #154 of 386
    JoeTaxpayer

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    I agree that for tuners, the more, the merrier, just asking, is your OTA service that good? I'd be lucky to get even 6 channels over the air.
     
  15. Apr 7, 2017 #155 of 386
    Puppy76

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    Doh! They don't have the 1TB model left anymore.

    I probably should have done it, but it's hard to get too excited about the offer when the Romeo with lifetime is $350ish anyway (and I kind of trust the reliability of a 3.5" drive more, although I don't know if that's for any good reason).
     
  16. Apr 7, 2017 #156 of 386
    krkaufman

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    pssst! ... see here (for just a few hours more)
     
  17. Apr 7, 2017 #157 of 386
    Mikeguy

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    Also, in addition to the above: you can swap into the 500GB Bolt a 1TB drive you buy separately, for less than the cost difference between the 500GB and 1TB Bolt; a 2TB drive at around the same cost; and a 3TB at a little more.

    ;)
     
  18. Apr 7, 2017 #158 of 386
    mlsnyc

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    Even though I had said earlier I didn't think it was worth it for me to spend a couple of hundred on the OTA-capable model that would just be a backup, I went and got the 500gb anyway. After looking at a couple of videos and seeing how easy it is to swap out the HD, and not needing to reinstall the software for 3tb or less, I figured why not. It may serve as more than a backup down the road.

    But being an idiot I charged it on the primary card I use, forgetting to use the one that had price protection. I don't know if I have the energy to deal with having to call them and see if I can change the card used. I doubt they would even do that anyway. And I'm not going to roll the dice and cancel the order and put in the new one. I have no idea if the code will work or what other complications that may bring.
     
  19. Apr 7, 2017 #159 of 386
    Mikeguy

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    Been there and done that. Having said that, it's just a quick call to TiVo (ok, with some time on hold) and they may be able to just sub in the new credit card number--I've done that elsewhere. (Or they could simply cancel the original order and do a new one, having verified to you that you still get the deal price.) And, it's not like the 500GB Bolt is getting shipped today (there's a 2-week delay).
     
  20. Apr 7, 2017 #160 of 386
    mlsnyc

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try. I'm not in a rush to get it. I just don't feel like spending even 1/2 hour on hold and dealing with people running through their script only to tell me it can't be done or, worse, messing up my order. But if there's a remote possibility it's worth the shot.

    I'm already wary of the 2 pending charges on my card because the first time I tried to submit the order it blew up after the CC authorization went through. I'm sure I'll only be charged once but the dupe charge staring me in the face right now gives me some discomfort.
     

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