Woohoo!!! Celebrate good times, come on! Let's celebrate! TiVo's Lifetime Service is back! For fans of the TiVo service, this can be great news. Plus, unlike what others are reporting, a quick phone call to TiVo customer service revealed that the cost will be $299, for the lifetime of the unit. The price was $399, but during this rollout phase and continuing indefinitely, the price looks to be holding at $299. What's the catch?
The lifetime service is for the lifetime of your current unit — non-transferable. Considering the "lifetime of the unit" is unpredictable, signing up is a bit of a gamble. Having recently dealt with a dead hard drive, I can relate. Current monthly fees are $12.95, so it will take about 2 years to break even. What you have to decide is will your unit survive that long? Even more of a consideration, will upgrade fever bite you and cause you to ditch your current TiVo for a newer, better model? Hmm . . . did I remember to TiVo Deal or No Deal? —Leslie Shapiro
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