Best deal on a Tivo?

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  1. John Thomas

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    I'm looking for a Series2 40-hour Tivo and was curious where the best deal was on one. Someone in another thread realted to Tivos was saying "he couldn't pass it up even though he was a student - being only $100". Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. Stephen Tu

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    The $100 Tivo was likely a DirecTV/Tivo combo model, which are going for that price these days.

    If you need a standalone model, $199 after rebate is probably about the best you can do, you can get it direct from Tivo. (then another $299 for the lifetime service fee).

    I'd recommend the DirecTV route if they offer local channels via satellite in your area.
     
  3. Pamela

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    Amazon currently has the 40 HR for 214.95 and the 80 HR for 314.95. Add in the $50 rebate and you've got a pretty good deal!
     
  4. Jim Far

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    I bought my 35 hour Hughes DirectTV/Tivo at Circuit City for $99. At the time there was a $50 rebate, which made it $49. I was at Circuit City over the weekend and they still have them for $99, if your interested. Check out their website at Circuit City.com. [​IMG]
     
  5. Gene S

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    You can get a refurbished 40hr Series 2 at the Tivo store for $149. Its 199 then with the $50 rebate its quite a good deal. Picked up 2 of them. Get them before they run out.

    Gene
     
  6. Jasmine Meathe

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    Yeah i agree--$149 for a TiVo is a great idea. you don't have to buy the lifetime subscription either...you can pay a monthly fee if you want.. I think that's $12 a month, which isn't bad at all.
     
  7. Stephen Tu

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    You don't have to buy the lifetime, but for standalones you really ought to, because it's a ton cheaper in the long run. The breakeven vs. monthly is only 2 years. Plus, it transfers if you sell it, retaining a lot of its value, so you are ahead even if you sell it well before 2 years. Just consider the lifetime sub part of the purchase price, for a standalone.

    I've had a standalone for over 4 years; if I had gone monthly, I think I'd be out over $550 and still have to pay. Instead I paid $200 4 years ago (lifetime cheaper back then) and nothing since. Monthly may seem "not bad at all" now, but I guarantee that eventually it will look quite bad compared to the alternative!

    Monthly would only make sense if the monthly pricing was the same as the DirecTivo combos, $5/month making the breakeven in the 5+ year range. (Lifetime hasn't been offered on DirecTivo for quite some time now.)
     

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