Woot $60 Premier Arrived-Opinions and Info?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by popeye123, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Jan 24, 2011 #21 of 117
    Royski

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    Mine arrived this weekend. I use it with over the air broadcast, no cable or satellite. So far I have been pleased with a couple of fairly minor issues.

    The most annoying is that the top four-way arrow buttons and selector sometimes register a false press and take me to an unwanted selection. Possibly by me being more careful this could be avoided.

    I do see some minor compression artifacts in the recorded HD material that is not present in the OTA source. Also, for some reason it took about ten hours after activation before it would download program schedule information beyond the next afternoon.
     
  2. Jan 24, 2011 #22 of 117
    arentol

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    Got mine on Friday. Was packaged so well it looked like it had literally never been opened or touched in any way.
    I am setting it up tonight. I waited until tonight because I am getting the cablecard installed tomorrow and I didn't want to disconnect my existing Tivo too early since I still have stuff to record tonight.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2011 #23 of 117
    Jeremy

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    So what exactly does the first 7 of the TSN tell you? Ive seen 746-0011 and 746-0021 posted in different places. What's the difference?
     
  4. Jan 24, 2011 #24 of 117
    mask2343

    mask2343 Cable DVR convert

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    Got mine this weekend. It is my last step before cutting the DirecTV cord. I bought a $10 OTA antenna from Radio Shack and hooked it up. Quality is comparable to DirecTV (not better as I had hoped), but I have an older CRT HD rear projection TV. Only membership offered me online was the $12.95 per month deal which is what I wanted anyway.

    First impressions.
    1) Having Netflix on the box is awesome. The interface isn't as good as my Roku, but I can search for movies using the Tivo interface (or my iPhone).
    2) Amazon VOD is confusing, but I think I understand it now. I must use my computer to force download to the Tivo. Wish we could see a list of shows in my library though.
    3) YouTube interface is nice, but only 1 of my subscriptions is available. What gives? My Roku shows them all.
    4) I REALLY missed the fast forward functions on the Tivo. Mainly that pressing the FF button a fourth time brought me back to play. DirecTV makes you hunt for the play button while fast forwarding.
    5) Blockbuster's offerings are laughable...will they just go away already?
    6) OTA is gonna need some work. The cheap antenna got the job done and found all the networks, but has some conection issues. I get 50-70% on all the major networks, but CBS cuts in and out sometimes. During the NFL playoffs it was unacceptable. I DID find that watching the recorded channel didn't have the jittering until I caught up with live TV. Is that a tuner issue? I ordered the Terk antenna with amplifier which should solve all my connection problems...I hope.
    7) I find it slightly frustrating that many of the menus don't allow the current show to remain playing in the upper right hand corner. I like browsing my menus while watching shows sometimes and I can't do that anymore. It IS pretty lame that Tivo hasn't completed EVERY menu in HD format. Kind of embarrassing for Tivo I must say.
    8) Oh! Season Passes to Video Podcasts was a HUGE surprise! Love that feature. No more sitting at the computer watching Revision3 shows!

    One more week and I'll be ready to cut the cord!
     
  5. Jan 24, 2011 #25 of 117
    craigf

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    No luck for me. First call only offered $12.95/mo. and no PLS. After 3 calls, I gave up an paid $299.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2011 #26 of 117
    TheWGP

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    I called on the phone.

    As far as not knowing what Tivo is thinking: I completely agree, but I'll take it! :D
     
  7. Jan 24, 2011 #27 of 117
    amark

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    If you bought two tivos from Woot and wanted lifetime subscriptions would they both be $299
     
  8. Jan 24, 2011 #28 of 117
    alyssa

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    I was nicely told that the $199 price was only for units bought from tivo not second party sellers.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2011 #29 of 117
    TheWGP

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    Yeah, if you want it you'll have to essentially short-circuit the discussion, don't get into details and nitpick offers, because the reps will want some bit of info that they can use against you.

    Just ask them nicely to look and see if they can apply any $199 lifetime promotions; you'd have to have a lifetimed tivo already that's upgrade-eligible to even have it possible for you. Your luck may vary with one's patience for CSR roulette; I would expect the odds of getting it applied to go down over time. Some CSR's definitely have a can-do attitude and will try anything just to see if it works; others will be the opposite and want to shut you down at every opportunity. Goes with the territory - best of luck and a big YMMV!
     
  10. Jan 25, 2011 #30 of 117
    arentol

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    Went to activate the tivo online and the only option was the $12.95/month option even though the woot sale listed a bunch of other options including PLS for $399.

    This has me a little annoyed. I hadn't decided what I wanted, but I did expect to have the ability to chose.
     
  11. Jan 25, 2011 #31 of 117
    joejet

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    You can activate PLS only with a phone call. Thats how it is for all boxes, not just the woot boxes from what i have seen. I activated mine for PLS over the phone with no questions.
     
  12. Jan 25, 2011 #32 of 117
    kllr13b

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    I just activated my woot premier this morning. The CSR rep told me it would be $20/month. Then I told him that the site I bought it from noted it would be $13/month. He asked me what site I bought it from. I told him Woot.com and he immediately told me Woot wasn't an authorized reseller. I told him the site said it was only going to be $13 and he put me on hold. He came back and signed me up for $13/month.

    Brighthouse came out with a cable card but no tuning adapter. Of course the channels that I like to watch don't come thru w/o the adapter. I have another appt tomorrow for the adapter install.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2011 #33 of 117
    arentol

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    I actually found out this is incorrect.

    Here is how you get all the options online:

    Sign up for the $12.95 service online.
    Log in to the "My Account" section of the Tivo site.
    Refresh every hour or so until the "Future Payment Plan" section for the device quits saying "We're still processing your activation. Try again in 24 hours."
    You should now have a button or link in that section to change your plan
    Select that link or button and it will bring you to a list of all the options including the $399 PLS.
    Chose the option you want and it will sign you up for that option and credit back the original $12.95 it charged you.

    You have 30 days from the time you sign up for $12.95 to change to any of the other options. However you can only change one time. So make up your mind and go for it.
     
  14. Jan 25, 2011 #34 of 117
    ~kyle

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    ...or you could just call and be done with it. ;)
     
  15. Jan 25, 2011 #35 of 117
    arentol

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    Yeah, except that takes longer, and can only be done during business hours.

    And when I say "longer" I mean more of my actual time.

    Signing up for $12.95 took about 1 minute.
    Checking every hour for update to my account status took about 1 minute (checked once right away, then checked again an hour later and it was good).
    Signing up for the service of my choice, 1 more minute.

    So unless you can call and get it done in under 3 minutes total online is actually faster.

    ;)
     
  16. Jan 25, 2011 #36 of 117
    joejet

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    Uh, yea, that is what i meant.. you cant choose the lifetime option, you need to sign-up for the 12.99 plan, or simply call. Honestly, i have no idea how you would have found this if you intended to buy the lifetime plans.... while you "refresh every hour" you could have had it resolved in 10 min?

    Nice trick but....oh well.

    While we are talking about activating and de-activating.. I have an inactive $12.99 TivoHD.. could i "reactivate" it, then buy an "upgrade" item and deactivate the TivoHD?
     
  17. Jan 25, 2011 #37 of 117
    arentol

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    It's not a trick. It is the way it is intended to work (for some reason).

    As to calling taking 10 minutes. That may be true, but that is 7 minutes of your life that is lost, and you have to deal with an annoying human CSR. With the online method since you are signed up at $12.95 already you don't actually lose any service time or anything. You can do everything you could do after making that call, but you get to start 9 minutes earlier and you have 30 days to chose the option you really want. The full $12.95 is returned to you when you chose another option, even if you do so on the 30th day. So there is nothing to lose.

    However, my key point is really just that the option is available online so you don't HAVE to call. Do what you want though, see if I care. ;)
     
  18. Jan 25, 2011 #38 of 117
    superflysocal

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    has anybody been successful getting 199 PLS without having another lifetime box (but maybe another box going monthly or yearly)?
     
  19. Jan 25, 2011 #39 of 117
    superflysocal

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    also, if I have a box paying yearly right now and add this premiere with lifetime at $299, if I cancel the yearly at the end of the year, will they charge me $100 when I am down to 1 box (399-299=100)??
     
  20. Jan 25, 2011 #40 of 117
    BrentOMatic

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    Did anyone else get the glo remote? I got the one with the silver outline and backlit keys. I already did the $299 lifetime so I'm a little bummed I didn't try for $199.

    Also, it's rebooted twice already today while I was watching Netflix :(.
     

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