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Transfer lifetime to a new TiVo HD for $199
TiVo just launched a new offer for transferring lifetime subscriptions to a new TiVo HD for a $199 fee. And, as with the old Series3 transfer offer, the old box receives 12 months of service free, so you can keep it and use it in another room, etc.

However, as you might expect, there are restrictions. The major issues are:

  1. The TiVo HD must be purchased new from the special offer webpage for $299.99. If you already own a TiVo HD, or if you buy one from another vendor, you cannot use this offer.

  2. You can only transfer a lifetime subscription that was activated prior to October 1, 2003 and that has not been transferred to a new unit under previous offers (such as the offers to transfer to the S3 or S2DT). Why October 1, 2003? TiVo amortizes lifetime subscriptions over 4 years. Any lifetime subscription activated after then is still active on their books as revenue.

  3. You must purchase the TiVo HD between October 11, 2007 and November 8, 2007 and complete the transfer by December 8, 2007.

  4. The normal 30 day Money Back Guarantee does not apply to this offer. There are NO returns, refunds, or exchanges allowed in connection with this offer. So you'd better be sure you want to do this.

Read the full terms and conditions before taking this offer and be sure you understand them.

If you have an older unit with lifetime, and considering the date that would be a Series1 or an early Series2, this is a pretty good deal if you were thinking of making the jump to HD. Especially for those with the old S1 boxes.

And if you don't qualify for this, remember that you can get a TiVo HD from Amazon for $249 and if you have existing boxes with lifetime, or monthly, a new unit is eligible for MSD - $6 off the monthly rate, so as low as $6.95 a month. With the lower price on the HD and not paying the transfer fee, the $249.99 difference about pays for three years of monthly MSD service. Even if you retire the old box and can't get MSD, 3-years pre-paid is just $299, so an extra $49.01 would allow you to get a TiVo HD and 3-years of service. So consider your options well. But I know if I had an old Series1 with lifetime, I'd probably take this deal. My oldest lifetime is from February 5, 2004 - so I'm not eligible. (I've sold the boxes with lifetime I had from earlier.)

I picked this up from ZatzNotFunny.

EDIT: I see mhaithaca beat me to it.

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mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: October 11th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Permalink)

Yup, my earlier lifetime box was sold to a friend, but it now shows a 2005 activation date from when he transferred it to his account, so isn't eligible.

I'm still not in any rush to drop DISH Network for cable, but if I manage to swing enough points for a free TiVo HD, I probably would. TBS HD is really the only relevant thing to me at the moment that's on DISH but not TWC, and I'm sure that'll change before long.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC) (Permalink)

What happens to MSD for my existing boxes

T's & C's say that this is not eligible for MSD. I currently have an S1 and S2. I want to retire(gift) the S1. Does that mean if I transfer my S1 lifetime to the HD box then I would pay full price for my S2 service? Any one know the answer?

Also considering a S3. As a current Tivo owner, would I get the rebate? I called CS and couldn't make heads or tails out of their answer. The rep kept reading his script and could answer my question clearly.

Clarifications on the two issues would be appreciated. Thanks!
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 11th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Permalink)

Re: What happens to MSD for my existing boxes

I'm not sure what the MSD statement means. But the unit will have lifetime and that should qualify other units on the account for MSD. I think it is somewhat pointless clarification that since you're buying a bundle and transferring service there is no discount on that box.

And yes, you can use the rebate on the S3 as long as you activate it with new service.
stile99 From: stile99 Date: October 12th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Permalink)


What did I say? I said when TiVo did this (and I was not sure if they would or would not) that my order for the HD would be placed that day.

So why am I here, and not placing my order? I bought lifetime after October 1, 2003.

I'm not budging on this. I paid a LOT for one of the 60 hour S1 boxes, and at a time when there were no rebates. I then obtained my S2 at a time that was in a lull between rebates, and the first thing I did was crack the case and upgrade the living hell out of it. I then converted to lifetime just before they stopped offering it, one again paying full price. As it turns out, my S2 is a Humax box, so I bet on a slow pony. I've sunk a lot of money, and gotten none of the consideration others have. I WILL buy the TiVo HD the very day TiVo will let me transfer lifetime to it. I'm not even asking to do this for free, I'll pay the $200. I'll pay the $300 for the box and not even ask for a rebate. $500, TiVo. Credit card is in my hand, ball is in your court.
seity1 From: seity1 Date: October 12th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC) (Permalink)


I have a qualifying S2, but I don't have $500.
airwick From: airwick Date: October 12th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Permalink)

Hope if you bought from Tivo in the last 30 days

I ordered my TivoHD back in July, but I figured I'd try calling anyways and see if there was anyway I could retroactively take advantage of this offer. They said I couldn't, but it sounded like if I had bought it in the last 30 days I could (potentially trying to avoid a loophole where people return their units and buy a new one). Anyways, just thought I'd pass it along...
unteins From: unteins Date: October 12th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
I noticed that you can get Tivo with Lifetime for about $150 on Ebay right now, several of them are series 1 Sony's.

I would consider taking advantage of the offer if I could transfer to an S3. I know they offered that before, but I really don't see why they wouldn't want me to spend MORE money and get the S3.

I have two Sony SVR-3000 units with Lifetime and would much prefer to turn those into 1 S3. I really like the front display that shows me what's recording.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (Permalink)


I would buy a HD or S3 if I could trade in my lifetime. Did not do it when the S3 were new because I use TIVO TOGO a lot. But it looks like they are going to fix that. My problem is my tivo is a 2005
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) (Permalink)


Is it definite that you could use an ebay unit to take advantage of this deal? I haven't seen any lifetime models for $150. Even the Series 1s are going for at least $200-$300. Is it worth it to get in on this deal?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 22nd, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (Permalink)

Re: Ebaying?

My understanding is that if you buy a lifetime unit off of someone else, it is NOT eligible for the transfer. But that isn't clear, so for a final answer I would ask TiVo.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (Permalink)

Re: Ebaying

Alright thanks.
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