The government does this all the time . As has been discussed many times already, part of Tivo's legal settlement with DirecTV was the right (read: right, not obligation, requirement, etc) to make a new box. That box, whatever it is, has to meet DirecTVs quality standards. DirecTV would prefer the box never be released because it saves them a ton of money to only have to support a single platform. They were legally obligated to let Tivo try, but all they really need to do is continue saying "its not good enough" which is what they have been doing. For Tivo, its a back burner project as well because they know there is little interest at this point for a more EXPENSIVE box with LESS features on an OLD platform with an OLD OS. Current speculation has the box for $99 up front and $5/extra per month in Tivo fees on top of DVR and reciever fees. Remember, its not going to run the new HD Tivo software, its going to run the old HR10-250 software. Its also going to have built in OTA removed and its not going to have any of the newer features out of the box (unless Tivo has gone back and added them in).