Why are TiVo Premiere's on sale?

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  1. desiboy

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    Seems like retailers are trying to get rid of Premiere (non elite). Is this the end of OTA units, or perhaps quad tuner with OTA is in the works?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    More because they need the cash flow of more subscribers, sometimes it's that easy, they have never made money on the hardware, it's subscribers and then keeping them that pays the bills.
     
  3. HomeUser

    HomeUser Active Member

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    They are, Where?
     
  4. xtoyz

    xtoyz New Member

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    Amazon, I guess. I just bought one for 80 bucks to test out as an experiment and to potentially unload DTV.
     
  5. uw69

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    Electronics Expo has them for $49, not sure if it's a return or not

    http://www.electronics-expo.com/tivo-tcd746320-premiere-dvr-black
     
  6. desiboy

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    Note, its retailers, not TiVo. Something is up.

    Electronics Expo $50...
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Still $100 and $300 at Best Buy. $85 and $300 and circuit City.
     
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  9. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

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    Will the Expo $60 with shipping Premiere qualify for lifetime?
     
  10. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Tivo even puts them on sale every now and then. I got a new one from them last September for $49 plus the MSD price of $399 for lifetime.
     
  11. ncsercs

    ncsercs DirecTivo fan.......

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    Not a bargain, especially with a $20/month service fee.
     
  12. Jebberwocky!

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    while I'd rather pay less it's cheaper than paying cable/Sat monthly fees.
     
  13. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Nothing requires paying monthly on these discounted boxes. Being able to get a Premiere with lifetime for $450 seems like a pretty good deal to me. Heck there are some people over on the AVS CM7400 DVR forum that think paying $400 for the CM7400 and $50/yr for guide data is a great deal. The reality is that DVRs cost lots of money unless they are being used as loss leaders by a pay TV provider.
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    It's all about subscribers. The standard Premiere boxes are loss leaders for TiVo, they just want to get you hooked and get you to buy service. $20x12=$240 and lifetime costs $499 unless you have another box and qualify for MSD. And once hooked most TiVo subscribers are pretty loyal, so they're likely to sell additional boxes or many years of service to a new subscriber.

    I'm guessing we're a year, or more, from another major hardware refresh.

    Dan
     
  15. tomm1079

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    i tend to think "or more". Mainly because the last thing the MSO partners are going to want is an outdated box
     
  16. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    The price of electronics always goes down. The Premiere is a few years old now.

    Price should be cheaper.

    Might be introducing a new model with bigger hard drive?
     
  17. atmuscarella

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    That does seem to be the over all pattern either prices go down or you get a new more advanced product for the same price or both.

    Regarding a refresh of the Premiere's hardware, if all it was going to be was a DVR I would say why bother, but if they are going to move into the world of "apps" they may need more horse power to provide an exceptable experience. So I wouldn't rule out an update maybe they will pull an Apple and call it the New Premiere :p.
     
  18. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    The Elite is $100 cheaper now, and the Premiere is on sale for $50. Not following you.
     
  19. aaronwt

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    It seems like this would be a bad time to introduce a model with a higher capacity hard drive. Since hard drive prices are still inflated.
     
  20. innocentfreak

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    Don't forget EE and Amazon have always sold the Premeire for less than MSRP.

    There was a thread dedicated to tracking the EE sales so people knew when to buy since they would have it for $149 after coupon when it was $299.
     

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