Make the Holiday Season Brighter With TiVo Premiere – Win With TiVo and The Gadgeteer!


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The holiday season is a lot of fun, isn’t it? There’s the bustle of shopping to find just the right gifts for everyone on your list. The excitement of parties and celebrations. The fun of decorating your house and making cookies. However, if you’re like me, you have some TV shows that you love and watch religiously. All of this seasonal fun makes it difficult to catch all my regular shows and the holiday movies and specials, too. I don’t even own a VCR anymore, so I couldn’t record my shows even if I wanted to mess with the tapes. Enter Tivo to save the day!

You’re familiar with TiVo by now, aren’t you? A TiVo box – with your broadband connection and a CableCARD from your provider – replaces your current set-top box and lets you watch and record all your programs. TiVo does it better than your old cable DVR could, because the TiVo interface is so elegant and easy to use. And it offers services your cable box can’t.

With the new TiVo Premiere box, you’ll be able to watch and record your normal cable programming and even over-the-air television signals with a digital antenna. You’ll also have a world of internet programming at your fingertips. The TiVo Premiere gives you access to Netflix Instant downloads, Amazon on Demand, and Blockbuster on Demand. You can even watch videos from sites like YouTube, and the box can host music and stream it from your PC or Mac or from sites like Pandora. And the Premiere lets you enjoy your programming in full HD – even the interface screens are in HD. And the Premiere has room to record up to 45 hours of full HD programming!

TiVo is making giving a gift to yourself or a loved one very easy this year. Stop by Best Buy to pick up a TiVo Premiere box at the special holiday pricing of only $99 when you agree to a one-year service plan – the monthly rate is only $19.99 a month during the subscription period. This is the best, most affordable pricing TiVo has ever offered. And unlike renting a DVR from the cable company, you’ll actually own the TiVo Premiere at the end of the year. For about $350, you can give your friend, family, or yourself a year of programming that you can watch when it fits into your schedule. And the fun doesn’t stop at the year’s end – you can continue the TiVo service on a month-to-month basis.

Best of all, TiVo has very generously given The Gadgeteer a TiVo Premiere box and a one-year subscription to the TiVo service to be awarded to one lucky Gadgeteer reader. Winning is easy. All you have to do is post a comment to this article between now and 12/23/10 11:59pm EST. Be sure to read the sweepstakes rules.

1/6/11 – Update: The winner is comment #35 from Brett.

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  • Daryl Spitzer December 14, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I would love to win a TiVo Premiere since TiVo seems to have stopped adding new features to the TiVo HD.

  • Andy Chen December 14, 2010, 8:56 pm

    As “staff”, don’t count me in! (Let one of our readers have fun)

    But I just had to mention that I just got one of these to replace my older Tivo HD… and I’ve noticed that Tivo-to-Mac video transfers are now 2x as fast. I love it!

  • Eric Parker December 14, 2010, 8:57 pm

    This is an Awesome contest. Leave it to the-Gadgeteer to make one of the most awesome tech-blogs even better. Fingers crossed!

  • Daryl Spitzer December 14, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Andy, did you have a lifetime membership on your TiVo HD? Were you able to transfer it to your Premiere?

    Where do I learn more about “TiVo-to-Mac”? Do you use Roxio Toast Titanium for that?

  • Dennis T. December 14, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I have an 8-yr old Tivo Series 2 DVR that I love. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do HD. I’m curious– especially since I’ve been reading conflicting information– but does the new Tivo allow you to view On Demand Programming via Comcast? And if so, is it in conjunction with a cable box or can I view such programming with a Tivo and a cable card inserted into the DVR. Thanks for the cool offer, too.

  • Vince Masciale December 14, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I would love a TIVO Premiere! Any feedback on how it works with a digital antenna?

  • David Higgins December 14, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I have TIVO HD and love it. Much better than the sat dish DVR. More intuitive, more responsive. Overall it is the best

  • Wink December 14, 2010, 10:00 pm

    Please pick me so I can kick my wonky cable co box to the curb!

  • Corinne December 14, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Oh wow. This would be great to win. We don’t have any tv service at the moment. We have a tv, but we just watch DVDs or hook up our laptop to it. I’d love to win.

  • Jad December 14, 2010, 10:12 pm

    oooh TIVO. Fancy.

  • Michael Witriol December 14, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I would love to get back to tivo after years of motorola dvr agony!

  • Dave December 14, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I love Tivo and had the original series 1. I’m currently suffering with the comcast DVR. No one should have to endure such torture.

  • Kevin Dorff December 14, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Oooh! A fancy new TiVo would be AWESOME!

  • Rodney L. Queen December 14, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Would love to have a Tivo.

  • Erol December 14, 2010, 10:58 pm

    TiVo rocks!!

  • Troy December 14, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Considering what my cable provider wants for their DVR a month I’d love a TiVo so I could actually watch things that I don’t get to now. I miss entertainment!

  • Raj December 14, 2010, 11:23 pm

    will love to win this.

  • Phil December 14, 2010, 11:32 pm

    Replacing my Tivo 2 box would be great.

  • The Slapster December 14, 2010, 11:48 pm

    @Dennis T: I don’t believe you can view OnDemand shows from any provider with the Tivo. We have an HD model and it used the cable card to receive & decode channels, but a separate box from the cable company is required to watch OnDemand programming. I personally don’t miss that aspect, our Tivo is always crammed with stuff to watch!

  • Chris December 14, 2010, 11:52 pm

    I would love to have this new TiVo Premiere for Christmas. My original TiVo Series 2 died over the summer when a storm came through and a power surge fried the motherboard. It had a lifetime subscription too! Unfortunately, I haven’t had the funds to replace it or even get it fixed. A new TiVo would make the perfect Christmas gift and would replace my old box! 🙂

  • Philip December 15, 2010, 12:01 am

    would love to have one of these, need to replace my old one.

  • andy chen December 15, 2010, 12:02 am

    @ Daryl:

    I decommissioned my old Tivo HD and gave it to a friend. I simply started anew with the Premiere.

    Yes, Tivo2Go for the Mac. Best stuff ever. I bought Toast Titanium so it’s now entirely automated.

    On the Tivo Transfer App (again, this is a Mac), I pick and choose which shows I want to move to my computer. Leave the Mac running and it’ll even automatically fetch shows you specify from your Tivo.

    Once it’s downloaded to your Mac’s hard drive, you can have Roxio Toast Titanium auto-launch and transcode it.

    In my case, I bring the video files to work and watch it there on a USB drive!

  • Samir Patil December 15, 2010, 12:58 am

    Will any comment do ? please pick me in.

  • Bob December 15, 2010, 1:53 am

    I’d love to try one. I’ve been using a Panasonic DVD recorder. I like it, but even at the lowest quality, it only records eight hours on a disk.

  • David December 15, 2010, 4:46 am

    My faithful 1st Gen Tivo is still humming along, but I’d love to have an upgrade! Thanks!

  • UnknownVariable December 15, 2010, 8:23 am

    @The Slapster.

    Agreed Brother. To be honest the only time I EVER use On Demand Service is when My cable DVR has decided for some reaosn NOT to tape the show I want it to. Tivo, even though you pay extra for it, is WELLLLL worth it!

  • Robert S. December 15, 2010, 8:31 am

    I would love to win a TiVo Premiere!

  • Carl December 15, 2010, 8:50 am

    new Tivo would be great so I could use the new iPad app. The app requires a Premiere. (also the HDMI port on my HD is shot)

  • Brian December 15, 2010, 9:28 am

    Tivo is the best invention since sliced bread!

  • Shep December 15, 2010, 9:45 am

    My years old Series 2 is starting to make dying noises. Time to upgrade.

  • tivoboy December 15, 2010, 10:15 am

    Very nice deal! I personally don’t like the new pricing options, but whadya gonna do?

  • Sean December 15, 2010, 10:18 am

    As I have not comment to make, consider this my comment that enters me in the drawing.

  • Bruce Brown December 15, 2010, 10:31 am

    Just ordered one of these to replace an older one destroyed by a power surge when electric pole in yard got hit by car. Be nice to win another so I can use some cool feature like watch in any room!

  • Allen Lacy December 15, 2010, 10:58 am

    I have a Tivo series 2 with lifetime service. I am well pleased with it, it does everything tivo said it would. But I would love to get a free upgrade.

  • Marlon December 15, 2010, 11:04 am

    I want a tivo… I really hate my cable companies DVR :\

  • brett December 15, 2010, 11:37 am

    It would be great to win this!

  • TheDreamer December 15, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Sure, I guess I wouldn’t mind a 4th TiVo….though maybe its time to upgrade an older TiVo.

  • Mike December 15, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I would love to win a TiVo!!

  • Jeramie December 15, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Wow, I could really use this! I am so tired of renting the poor HD DVR from my Sat. provider.

  • Ramasamy December 15, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Pick me for this awesome giveaway..

  • Wayne December 15, 2010, 12:52 pm

    would love to win. I wonder if I can still get a cablecard from TimeWarner…

  • Jay December 15, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Would be excellent to win. My old TIVO is still old school even though I’ve upgraded the TV to HD.

  • JimmyTime December 15, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Nice prize, fingers crossed!

  • Maria December 15, 2010, 1:36 pm

    I’m not in the US, but my brother is, so I’m giving it to him if I win!

  • Mike H December 15, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I had to retire my Series 1 this year… would be great to replace it with this sweet machine!

  • Crystal W December 15, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Wow this sounds awesome. I have a DVR from my cable provider and this blows it out of the water (the access to Netflix and Amazon on Demand big time bonuses for me!) Thanks for the chance to win one! You Rock!

  • ken December 15, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Being stationed in Afghanistan with the Army I am missing all my favorite shows. I’d love to be able to record some of them on tivo to catch up on upon my return.
    Even here in the desert I try to get on your site daily or at least a few times a week. Great info!

  • Carlos December 15, 2010, 2:59 pm

    I’m looking to replace my Series2’s… this would be a great way to do it!

  • akjack December 15, 2010, 4:28 pm

    TIVO and subscription, what more could I ask. Got my fingers and eyes crossed.

  • AR December 15, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I want one. I am getting seriously frustrated with my cable company’s DVR. Now that I am recording in HD, not enough space left.

  • John Wilkerson December 15, 2010, 6:02 pm

    TiVo rocks!

  • Dennis T. December 15, 2010, 6:18 pm

    @The Slapster, thanks for the heads up on this. It’s good to have an answer.

  • RichB December 15, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Have an old TIVO, would love to win the a TiVo Premiere

  • BenB December 15, 2010, 8:24 pm

    pick me, pick me. My name is not on the naughty list this year.

  • Cincinnati Joe December 15, 2010, 10:01 pm

    DTV’s dvr is weak. TW cable’s is worse. My brother’s 5 yr old TiVo blows them away. So I’d love a free one. There’s a rumor DTV may start supporting them again.

  • Jamie Hoban December 15, 2010, 11:18 pm

    My TIVO Series 2 is one of my most used entertainment devices. I would luge to upgrade to a TiVo Premiere.

  • lori December 16, 2010, 7:47 am

    Awesome deal, or free deal. My last Tivo recently DIED!

  • Nicholas Palumbo December 16, 2010, 7:55 am

    I have been with Tivo for many years. I find it to be the best investment I have ever made. I would like to thank the Gadgeteer for keeping me up to date on the latest in electronic equipment and want to note that I have heeded their advice in the purchase of many of my gadgets.

  • Gary Bunker December 16, 2010, 8:10 am

    My home-brewed MythTV box is getting a little long in the tooth.

  • ottomatic28 December 16, 2010, 9:04 am

    Would love to receive-o some Christmas joy from Tivo!

  • KimberlyFDR December 16, 2010, 10:03 am

    I don’t know how I’d survive without my TiVo. I have a Series 2 version, but it’s slowly dying, so I need to replace it 🙁

  • Aaron December 16, 2010, 1:30 pm

    The Premiere is very nice. The only real flaw is the lack of a display on the front (the Series 3 units could show what they were recording instead of just showing that they were recording).

  • Paul December 16, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Anyone remember replayTV? I still have two!

  • Robert Hoffman December 16, 2010, 5:38 pm

    What a great promotion for a great product!

  • Bryan Sherman December 16, 2010, 7:13 pm

    @daryl You can’t transfer the lifetime, but they do give you a deal on a new lifetime subscription, and you get to keep the lifetime on the old to give to someone else. I am SORELY tempted. Log in to the TiVo site with your account and check the upgrade option. Still expensive, but at least a nice deal.

  • Jamie H December 16, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I have been looking for something just like this for my home entertainment system. Best of luck to everyone!

  • Colin H December 17, 2010, 1:58 am

    This would be sooooo sweeeeeeeeeet.

  • dale December 17, 2010, 8:33 am

    TiVo? Yes, please.

  • joi December 17, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Working way too many hours, Tivo would be a blessing. No more missing Sons of Anarchy and then trying to catch back up. I would love to win this!

  • Daniel Jones December 17, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Is it silly of me to constantly check for the Tivo app for iPad when I don’t have the Premiere yet? I am on a Tivo 2… time to upgrade soon I suppose 🙂 Upgrading for free even better 😮

  • Chirag December 17, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Awesome giveaway. I miss so many programs on TV because some times i come late of get busy with that. I guess now i don’t need to miss, if i win this.

  • Dawn J December 17, 2010, 8:46 pm

    I waaaant one. Bad. Pretty Please.

  • Ray December 18, 2010, 2:06 am

    Would love to upgrade from a Series II! 🙂

  • Kyle December 18, 2010, 5:55 am

    I’m new to HDTV programming as we just got our first – a Samsung UN46C8000 3D TV. I immediately requested HD programming from our cable provider. The monthly cost of their DVR paired with the clunky interface (compaired to Windows 7 Media Center, which we used as a DVR previously) has us without an HD DVR at the moment. I’m looking at options for the future and have been comparing the costs of building a Windows 7 entertainment PC, getting a Tivo Premier, and The Moxi HD DVR. The Tivo is entriguing but I’m scared to take the plunge because of the monthly fee. I already have many on-demand options with the Internet@TV apps on the new TV. I’m also somewhat worried about losing Stars OnDemand through my cable box. Winning this contest would be a guilt-free way to take the Tivo plunge.

  • Vijay December 18, 2010, 9:39 am

    Wow.. this will be great .. then i don’t need to pay to comcast for their DVR.. Please pick me

  • Pallavi December 18, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I wanna win this.. This will be nice gift to my husband so that he can watch all episode Dexter without worrying of missing any episode now.

  • Prinal December 18, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Would be nice to win this.. Pick me pick me..
    Thanks Gadgeteer for this contest.

  • Damemphisman December 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    Never had a DVR before, sure could use one though

  • Linda December 19, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I love my Tivo! It’s THE best. (it’s getting a little old though, we could use the new version) thanks!!!

  • Brian December 19, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I love this review. I still have the 2nd generation Tivo box and have had to replace the hard drive twice 🙁 It’s awesome that you’re giving one of them away!

  • Fred December 19, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Good luck to me!

  • James December 20, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Cool a new Tivo and service what a great giveaway.

  • Kyle December 20, 2010, 6:09 pm

    I have been a fan of the TiVo since I first tried the series 1. Would love to win a Premiere–they look great–and love the iPad remote option.

  • Steven December 20, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Sounds like a cool device… Happy holidays everyone.

  • tivoboy December 21, 2010, 10:02 am

    Tivo is THE holidy christmas gift of choice.

  • Joey Pierce December 21, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Help! Please free me from this monstrosity that is the DirecTV DVR! Never has one device caused me so much heartache and frustration. This thing has to be a woman! I will go back to my cable company in a heartbeat if I win this TIVO!

  • George December 22, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Can the Tivo you get under this program be eligible for
    product lifetime subscription at the end of the 1 year

  • paul December 24, 2010, 8:12 am

    I would love this, but to give away to my dad who is always working!

  • Julie January 6, 2011, 12:35 pm

    1/6/11 – Update: The winner is comment #35 from Brett.