dealstivo premiere dvr (refurbished) for $49.99

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Requires the $19/month plan

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So worth it. No more cable needs. records OTA and streams netflix, blockbuster, amazon and huluplus to your tv.

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I have one of these and I love it. I dropped cable and now just use OTA, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon for all my video needs. Yes you have to sign up for Tivo service in order to use it. Try the coupon code PLSR on the Tivo site for $100 off lifetime service if you plan on using the device for more than 2 1/2 years.

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Usually on units like this the lifetime isn't available for the first year at least. They make the unit cheaper by requiring the monthly service.

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Is $20 a month worth it for this service if I don't have cable or satellite? I've been considering it for OTA broadcasts with a digital antenna, but I'm wondering if it is more appealing than the experience I already have with Hulu and Netflix on my PS3. Does anyone have a compelling endorsement for Tivo OTA?

Also, I'm a little disappointed that I would have to pay an additional $30 or more for a USB adapter for wireless, but I suppose I could set up a gateway with an old router I have.

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@emerson42: I bought my Tivo Premiere off woot and signed up for lifetime service immediately. I think if you buy a discounted unit directly from Tivo there may be restrictions, but not when you buy one from a retailer.

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@byteman006: Personally I like having a Tivo so I can still DVR OTA broadcasts. Sure I could still watch a lot of them the next day on Hulu, but then I would have to sit through some commercials, rather than fast forwarding through them on my recorded programs. I also like having the ability to pause and rewind live broadcasts. The Tivo recommendations are pretty good too. The Tivo will automatically record TV shows it thinks you will like.

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I have one and was able to get my 12.95 price honored with it, which is less than my cable DVR cost per month. Personally, I don't think this would be worth the money if it cost me more than that as the features it adds aren't that great, and I cannot watch On Demand with it. Not to mention the pain in the ass it was to get the CableCard working in it.

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I have a series 2 Tivo with lifetime subscription. Is there any way I can capitalize on this using my old purchase?

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Don't get it. I got one last year and it broke in 6 weeks. Tivo was nice enough to send a new one, it only took them 2 weeks. By the way, you need to sign up for a year contract.

My complaints about this Tivo unit:
1. HD menus do not work well
2. Online streaming (netflix) does not work well and i think between the HD menus and streaming that is what killed my first tivo.
3. If you have bad weather in your are (100 mile radius) the tivo will stop recording your shows and go to a channel that scrolls these alerts.
4. Get ready for a hassle getting the cablecard to work ( you need a separate box to decrypt the signal ). It took about 3 weeks of calling and truck roll outs for me to get all of my channels to work.
5. You can't transfer your shows to your computer and then put it on your ipod. Only local channels allow this to happen. The rest is encrypted.

Overall, tivo is only slightly better than cable DVRs.

PS kiss your ondemand channels goodbye. Tivo doesn't do that either.

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I haven't tried this myself yet, but I've read about a promo code "Antenna" for non-cablecard users that will discount Tivo service to $9.99 a month. This code would be used when you activate your service. From the article I read, if you activate a cablecard, they will revert you back to $19.99 a month. If this works, it would make a pretty significant difference in cost-effectiveness for this deal!

http://www.gizmolovers.com/2011/08/30/cut-the-cord-pay-less-for-tivo/

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I don't understand why there is always a monthly fee. It is a $20 a month VCR. I used a VCR for over 20 years without the need for an on-screen schedule guide.

I just want a VCR replacement, other than recording on DVDs, or recording on my computer.

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@ocnomad: Western Digital and a few others make something like that, but they're far from user-friendly. They usually take a lot of setup time. You're going to pay in cash or in time, but nothing is truly free anymore.

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@emerson42: It's actually listed on the item that you can buy a lifetime subscription.
Subscription Options:

Option 1 - $19.99 per month with 1 Year commitment (month-to-month thereafter) You may be eligible for the Multi-service discount. Please see tivo.com for details
Option 2 - $499 Product Lifetime Service - You may be eligible for the Multi-service discount. Please see tivo.com for details.
Optional TiVo Wireless Network Adapter (for connection to a wireless network) or TiVo Phone Line Adapter (for connecting via a phone line)

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I love my 2 Tivos but you can not use this for multi-service discount. You have to pay 19 a month for each one you buy, same as when you buy it from Amazon.

I got one from Tivo in August (conveniently on my birthday) for this price and it worked for multi service.

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@ocnomad: you pay monthly for your cable DVR now don't you?

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Wonder if this will work with the ANTENNA activation code for half off the monthly service fee when using OTA HDTV only...
http://www.antennasdirect.com/store/TiVo.html

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@godspeed843: TiVo has ondemand via amazon and blockbuster. I've used the amazon one several times. I've never tried the blockbuster one.

You're correct that it won't use your cableco's ondemand, but I like amazon's ondemand just fine. Especially since I am using an HDTV antenna only, I don't have access to ondemand from a cableco anyway.

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I have one of these and love it. There are some tricks that I've picked up to make it work to my satisfaction;
-I don't use on demand for one. Just don't like it. If I need a movie right away tonight I can go to the public library for free or stop at red box.
-In the setup menu I changed the output resolution from native to fixed 1080i. That fixed the recurring blank screen when switching between standard and HD screens. Including from live TV to the TiVo menus.
-I had a bunch of problems getting it set up w/ my cable co but it was the cable companies fault. I ended up showing the tech how to do it.
-I download from the TiVo and use Tivodecoder and either VLC or Handbrake to re-encrypt for my phone.
-I hooked up an antenna too so when Charter Cable craps out I still have local channels.
-With a little work on my router port forwarding I can download shows from outside my network. Slowly but possible.

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@dkoss how do you get protected files to transfer from your tivo to your pc? It greys it out on the protected programs. I will try out tivodecoder for the files i have. Do you edit out commercials?

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I've had a Tivo Series 2 DVR forever, and been looking to upgrade. Although it hurts to buy another Lifetime subscription, if I use this one anywhere near as much as my old Tivo, it'll be well worth it. Now to buy one of the premium remotes to go with it.

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so does anyone know a good DVR that I can use without having a monthly fee, college student. Just was wondering if there are any good user friendly ones

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@godspeed843: I haven't had much luck with protected files but I haven't run in to that many. I did have an issue with one show being protected when recorded in HD but available when recorded in SD. A very easy way to download your shows w/o TiVo desktop is to open IE or FF and go to https://[your.tivo.ip.address], User: tivo, Password: (your TiVos Media Access Key).

I typically don't edit out commercials. Not worth the effort. If it is a show that I want to burn to DVD for safe keeping I'll consider it. There is some software that claims to edit commercials automatically but I haven't tried them out. Mainly b/c I'm too cheap and I wouldn't use it often enough.

Good luck!

(psst... has everyone left? Okay, I don't know anything but someone said that www.dealdatabase.com may have some techniques of interest. They require some modifications to hardware though)

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@svt99lightning: You might could buy a tuner card and try Windows Media Center.

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@dkoss: Thank's for the link !

Very interesting stuff.
(Shhhhh !)

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@godspeed843: My complaints about this Tivo unit:
4. Get ready for a hassle getting the cablecard to work (you need a separate box to decrypt the signal ). It took about 3 weeks of calling and truck roll outs for me to get all of my channels to work.
5. You can't transfer your shows to your computer and then put it on your ipod. Only local channels allow this to happen. The rest is encrypted.

Good points, these 2 need clarification...

4. You DON'T need a separate box to decrypt the signal. A cablecard is sufficient. Current govt regs now allow cablecard self-installs (no truck roll unless that bombs for you - a real possibility). Depending on your CSP, you may need a Tuning Adaptor (TA) installed (typically provided at no cost).

5. The ability to record shows is controlled by your CSP. Some deny (flag) every digital program. Others only flag pay channels like HBO. I regularly dnload shows to PC.

You may be able to receive "on demand" programs if your CSP takes phone orders.