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TiVo offers Spring rebates, extends product lifetime service offer

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 29th 2008 6:01PM
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TiVo is rolling out a new raft of rebates and promotional offers. Or rather, the company is extending some existing promotions while modifying a few others. Here's the rundown:
  • The TiVo HD product lifetime offer which had been set to expire on January 7 has been extended through April 1.
  • The $200 rebate on Series3 boxes and $150 rebate on dual-tuner Series2 units has been extended through April 5 (PDF link).
  • The $170 rebate on single-tuner Series2 units has been dropped to $150, and is also available through April 5.
So if you're in the market for a new TiVo, you might want to think about picking one up before April. But if there's one thing I've learned about TiVo over the last few years it's that the company almost always has a promotion going on. If you miss these deals odds are a new rebate offer will be just around the corner.
[via TiVo Lovers and WeaKnees Blog]

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TiVo crosses into Canada, leaves HD support behind

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 26th 2007 12:30PM
TiVo TiVo has announced that Canadians will finally be able to purchase TiVo branded personal video recorders soon. According to a press release, TiVo units will be available north of the border "in time for the holidays."

There's just one catch: you can only get a last generation box. TiVo is launching its Canadian service with the TiVo Series2 dual-tuner box only. That means Canadian customers will not be able to watch and record HDTV, since you need a TiVo HD or TiVo Series3 to handle high-def.

A Series2 dual tuner box will set you back $199 Canadian, plus subscription fees. You'll be able to pick up a box at Canadian retailers including Best Buy, The Brick, London Drug, and Future Shop, as long as you don't live in Quebec. TiVo won't be available in that province right away. I'm guessing the company needs to translate some menus into French before launching a version for Quebec.

[via Engadget]

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Get a TiVo remote control for $.99

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 24th 2007 5:30PM
TiVo RemoteIn the market for a spare or replacement TiVo remote control? Normally a standard Series2 remote would set you back $30. But today Woot/Yahoo! are selling TiVo remotes for just under a buck.

If you're not familiar with Woot, it's a site that sells one item per day, usually at a deep discount. The company recently partnered with Yahoo! to offer a separate daily item, at sellout.woot.com.

Don't expect a fancy $50 Series3 style remote for your money. In fact, you're not even getting a standard Series2 remote. Instead Woot is selling a DirecTiVO remote. For all practical purposes, that just means you have a DirecTV logo where you'd normally see a TiVo logo. The remote will work just fine with any Series2 or Series3 TiVo. And tomorrow it will be gone.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Get a Series 2 TiVo for free AND make $31

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 19th 2007 12:58PM
Series2 TiVoIn the market for a new TiVo and don't need the latest and greatest features like HDTV support or the ability to record two shows at once? While we're not sure we'd recommend a standard TiVo Series2 recorder to anyone these days (what with the analog TV shutoff just around the corner), if you just want a second recorder for your house, this deal is hard to beat: You can essentially make $31 (after rebate) by picking up a Series2 TiVo.

Here's how it works. Just visit an online retail site with a good price on the Series2. Buy.com is selling it for $139 right now. Then fill out this form for a $170 rebate. TiVo will send you a check for $170 after you sign up for service. You might rightfully point out that this isn't quite "free," since you will need to commit to a service plan. But that $31 should cover most of your first 2 monthly bills, and it will go even further if this is the second or third unit in your household.

[via TiVo Blog]

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Play video games on your TiVo

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 9th 2007 8:35PM
PlayTeeVeeSure, you may have an Xbox 360 and/or Playstation3 sitting next to your TiVo. But wouldn't it be nice to play some video games with your TiVo remote without having to turn on your game console?

Yeah, maybe if you're into console games you're not the target market for PlayTeeVee's new service. But we'll still give the company some credit for finding an innovative way to bring online video gaming to your TV.

PlayTeeVee works with any broadband-connected Series2 TiVo. You add the PlayTeeVee IP address to your TiVo in order to play one of four games, including a soccer game, puzzle game, action game, and a pool simulator.

PlayTeeVee is free, and according to the frequently asked questions section in the user forums, the developers all "have day jobs," so it's not clear if and how they expect to make money off of the service. It'd be nice to see TiVo buy the rights to a few games or even hire a developer to work full time on developing games for the platform. But again, TiVo is hardly a serious video gaming machine, so maybe PlayTeeVee is just a fun distraction and not the start of a new trend toward multi-purpose PVR/gaming devices.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Best Buy offers free TiVo with high speed internet orders

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 28th 2007 10:33AM
Best Buy TiVo dealBest Buy and TiVo are running a promotion that lets you get an 80-hour Series2 TiVo for free after rebate, or a dual-tuner box for $50 after rebate. They'll even through in a free Wireless G adapter.

What's the catch? You've got to sign up for high speed internet service through Best Buy. And you've got to print the coupon and take it into a store. This deal is not available through the TiVo or Best Buy websites.

No word on how long this promotion will last, but if you sign up before July 31st, you can get your first three months of TiVo service for free.

[via Troy on TiVo]

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TiVo Desktop 2.4 released

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 29th 2007 5:02PM
TiVo Desktop 2.4TiVo has released the final version of TiVo Desktop 2.4 for the PC. While TiVo doesn't usually do the public beta thing, this software's been available in beta form for the last few months.

The updates includes support for additional PC folders and viewing high definition photos (if you happen to have a Series3 TiVo).

While TiVo Desktop is free, if you pay $25 you can get a Plus key and the ability to convert TiVoToGo files to portable WMV and MP4 files for playback on a PSP, iPod, or other device. You can also convert WMV and MP4 files into movies that you can watch on your Series2 TiVo.

[via Zatz Not Funny]

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Pick up "free" TiVo at Best Buy this week

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 25th 2007 6:36PM
Series2 TiVoBest Buy is offering customers a $50 gift card when they pick up an 80-hour Series2 TiVo. When you combine that with the $170 rebate currently offered by TiVo, that's a free box.

But the gift card can only be applied toward future purchases. So it's only free if you plan on buying $50 worth of items from Best Buy in the future.

The promotion is listed in Best Buy's weekly ad, so it could be gone soon.

[via Troy on TiVo]

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TiVo's latest round of rebates

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 3rd 2007 9:00AM
TiVoTiVo has update the rebates available for Series2 boxes yet again. First up, the single-tuner Series2 box is back, and it's free after rebate (with a one year service plan) yet again.

Or for $50, you can pick up an 80-hour dual tuner box. $130 gets you a 180-hour dual tuner box.

All of which is to say, you can still get a standard definition TiVo for a whole lot less than a Series3 HD TiVo, which still goes for $800.


[HDTiVo Blog]

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Earthlink to bundle TiVo with internet service

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 7th 2007 10:00AM
Series2 Dual TunerTiVo and Earthlink have announced a new partnership that will allow Earthlink dialup and DSL customers to buy a standalone TiVo unit and pay for their PVR and internet service on one bill.

Sure, this isn't really anything you couldn't get by just going out and signing up for the two services separately, but it's a key deal for TiVo, after losing the company's partnership with DirecTV.

Unlike the TiVo/Comcast deal, which will allow Comcast customers to access a TiVo interface on their Comcast PVR, Earthlink customers will be able to purchase Series2 Dual Tuner TiVo units. Most likely Earthlink customers will get a rebate on their TiVo purchase which will be at least as good as the rebates typically made available to the general public. Right now, a Series2 Dual Tuner box is available for $117 after a $150 rebate.

The Earthlink/TiVo deal should be available to customers this spring.

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TiVo Daylight Saving Time updates

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 4th 2007 10:30AM
Clocks at Grennwhich Market (Flickr photo from Beachy)In case you've been hiding under a rock, let me take this time to inform you that Daylight Saving Time starts next week in the US. Yes, this is about three weeks earlier than usual, but you can thank Congress for that.

Of course this means every device in your house with a clock that automatically accounts for Daylight Saving Time is wrong. Odds are if your computer is connected to the internet, it's already downloaded an update. If you've got a PDA, you might want to look for an update online. And if you've got a VCR, good luck.

Since TiVo units need to connect to a central server for program guide updates, it's likely that your TiVo is also hooked up to the internet, either via a broadband connection or a telephone line. And according to several posts at the TiVo Community Forums, it looks like TiVo's sending out software updates to make sure you don't miss any recordings.

If you've got a Series3 unit, you probably won't notice a thing. Series2 owners may notice that the clock on your TiVo appears to be off, but your programs should still record at their scheduled times, although it looks like that problem may have been fixed. And while Series1 units should also record programs at the correct time, it looks like the display problem may not be fixable, so your clock could be off for a while.

Updates for DirecTV TiVo units are also on their way, but those updates are being sent out by the satellite provider, not TiVo.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Watching TiVo in any room the easy(ish) way

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 20th 2007 9:16AM
TiVo Series2Say you want to be able to use your TiVo from any room in the house without having to buy a TiVo for every room in the house. Well, eventually you'll be able to buy a SlingCatcher/Slingbox combo that will let you stream video from one TV to another.

But one enterprising TiVo users has come up with a far more elegant (and cheaper) solution. Since his Series2 TiVo was hooked up to his satellite connection, the cable wiring in his house was just sitting there dormant.

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TiVo giving away Series2 dual tuner boxes

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 3rd 2007 2:01PM
Series2 Dual TunerTiVo is giving away one Series2 dual tuner TiVo unit per month for the next six months. Drawings will be held on the 8th of March, April, May, June, July, and August. You can enter by submitting your email address or by sending in a post card.

Okay, great, you're thinking. I can win a box that's worth about $70 (which is what TiVo's selling these units for after rebate). Well, sort of. These 80-hour TiVo's also come with lifetime service, which is something TiVo doesn't really sell separately anymore.

According to the fine print, the approximate value of the package is $549.98. So if you don't take the rebate into account, that means if TiVo were still selling lifetime service plans, they'd be worth about $350. That happens to be the same price as a 3-year service plan, although the odds are pretty good that you'd want to replace your Series2 TiVo with a hi-def capable Series3 or something else within three years, so the difference between a 3-year plan and lifetime service might really not be that great for most users.

[via Dave Zatz]

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