Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny earlier today gave me a heads up to one of his posts. A rumor had started on TiVo Community that TiVo was going to terminate their TiVo Rewards program on February 28th, 2008 based on what a customer service rep told the poster, user ‘tivorepo’. And this was confirmed by another rep. The TiVo Platinum MasterCard from Juniper Bank, which allowed you to earn TiVo Rewards points with your card purchases, appears to no longer be available:
Thank you for your interest in a Juniper Bank account.
Unfortunately, this offer has expired.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Dave called to clarify and was told that April 28th, 2008 will be the last day to earn TiVo Referral Points, and May 28th, 2008 will be the last day to redeem existing points for rewards. Dave pinged his PR contact, and I’ve pinged my contact at TiVo as well. I held off posting all afternoon, but I haven’t heard back from my email or been able to reach my contact via phone as of yet, so I decided to post what we know right now. When I hear back from TiVo, or when Dave posts what he hears, I’ll be sure to post the information. The rumor is that TiVo is killing the program due to ‘abuse’, but it could be as simple as they’re moving to a new program or a new service provider and they can’t, or won’t, ‘port’ the current points to the new system, etc. We’ll just have to wait and see what TiVo says.