I bought my R15 500 some time ago, so I own it outright. I made the switch to cable (for Internet reasons not programing). They argued and argued that it was their equipment and I had to return it or be charged. To return it would imply that I got it from them in the first place (I bought it off EBay and have receipts to prove it). Anyway, they finally shut up about it when I sent them one of their old Phillips boxes instead in their prepaid return box. My question is this... "what can I do with it now that I own it with no DirecTv service?" Judging by the fuss they raised, I assumed it must be a pretty easy hack and they wanted to stop as many as possible. Is it little more than a paper weight now? Can I at least salvage the hard drive for computer applications or is it a proprietary use device that is not compatible! Can I use it as a VCR or DVR from an analog signal? Can I find any useful purpose at all for this thing?