I said I’d post things as I pick them up, and I’ve been
reading slogging through hundreds of posts over at TiVoCommunity.com were TiVo reps have been fielding many questions. From that I’ve picked up some more info:
- Current subscribers are unaffected. Payments continue as is.
- The new pricing will roll out next Wednesday, the 15th. Lifetime will go away on the 15th, or soon there after. Don’t expect it to be around after the 15th.
- If you sign-up for one of the new 1,2,3 year plans, when the plan expires you will continue to be billed at the same rate month to month. Or you can call and change your subscription to whatever the then current ‘service-only’ rate is, which will probably be less. (That’s the $12.95 rate today.) Personally I think that’s a little sneaky – it should auto-drop to the lower rate. This way it is a tax on the lazy or ignorant who don’t call, or know to call, to switch.
- You can still activate monthly service-only for $6.95 if you have an existing full priced subscription.
- The new pricing plans count as full priced subscriptions, so if you have one you can add another box at the $6.95 rate. (This is different from the trial last fall.)
- Service-only pricing will remain $12.95. Sometime soon there will be three new pre-paid options for 1, 2, and 3 year service-only plans added as well.
Note that if prices don’t change, you’d be better off going with one year then dropping down over a longer period if you plan to pay monthly:
2 years: 12 x $19.95 + 12 x $12.95 = $394.80 vs. 24 x $18.95 = $454.80 — $60 more!
3 years: 12 x $19.95 + 24 x $12.95 = $550.20 vs. 36 x $16.95 = $610.20 — $60 more!
Pre-paid up front works out:
2 years: $224 + 12 x $12.95 = $379 vs. $369 — save $10
3 years: $224 + 24 x $12.95 = $534.80 vs. $496 — save $65.80
Of course, there will also be pre-paid service-only plans, not yet announced, which could shift things around even more.
I hope that helps. Feel free to ask questions.