Originally Posted by Phrehdd
Seems TiVo does everything in its power to dissuade TiVo 3 users from upgrading who have lifetime service.
There really is no discount worth mentioning for Tivo 3 users who buy a newer model.
TiVo needs to rethink its policies. The lifetime service is for the ability to use a TiVo and ability to have a TV guide to record from and that pretty much are the main features.
In a more clever world Tivo would either let one transfer their lifetime service to any new machine (since they are attached to a specific machine at any given time) and let the TiVo 3
or other lower models transfer the lifetime services. The reason is simple - the older model for the most part would most likely be given to another person who in turn would either do a subscription or they themselves, get a life time service subscription. The latter would now have TWO TiVos running and a profit from the purchase of the newer TiVo and the subscription from the older TiVo being used by another person. What TiVo forgets is that if a person is using a TiVo they are not using some other makers' box (even if its made by TiVo and used by a cable company).
In the meanwhile, I'll continue with my TiVo 3, and look for other options like the Windows Media computer or elsewhere (maybe a used Moxi).
Well said, and this is what has kept me from upgrading my 2 tivos, a series 3 and an hd tivo! (well, that plus having to give up the display on the front of the series 3 - I really find that nice to have, where it says what it's recording.)
One thing I've been meaning to verify but haven't yet...it's lifetime for the unit, right? So if I sell one of these, the buyer gets the lifetime service, and just has to change the zipcode to their area to get their program guide? I guess I need to call them to verify that.