I received my HR10-250 on Thursday 4/22 and promptly set it up and activated it with a phone call to DirecTV. I really haven't spent a lot of time with it yet. I'm hoping to do that this weekend. But as I'm sitting here, the most obvious first impression I'm having of it is that "it's just like my previous SAT-T60." It works the same. It generally looks the same within the UI. Of course it handles HD and OTA ATSC channels, too, but otherwise, it's just a DirecTV TiVo. And that's probably the best thing about it. (Well, HD too!) For me the most important step was getting my season passes back in there, which I was able to do Friday night after enough guide data had downloaded and the system indexed it. I still find one time I have a conflict with 3 programs needing to be recorded at the same time. So I have to either settle for letting my SD DVR grab one of them, or watch one of them live using a different receiver. I also subscribe to ExpressVu which gives me east/west HD networks, so I do have the ability to watch one of them live at a different time, too. My real problem right now, is for the last 2 nights none of the shows I watch have had new episodes, so there's really justnot been anything I care about watching. So I've left the unit on some OTA stations while I've been on the computer or doing other things, just so I can twiddle with pausing and rewinding and all that. But I haven't. HD in and of itself isn't fascinating anymore, since I've had HD receivers for over a year. What's going to make this unit great for me is when some programming comes on that I watch regularly and I can just not worry about rushing home or rushing to the TV if I want to see it in HD. How it helps me get back to real life is going to be the important aspect of this unit; something I've had to sacrifice on occasion to watch HD live for more than a year. In fact for the last month as shipment seemed imminent, I started caring less and less about watching my shows in HD, because I wanted to get back into depending upon the TiVo to catch them. Admittedly after 3 weeks of delays, I was starting to want my HD back a lot, so I found I was beginning to care about getting home in time to watch certain shows live. The only bug I can see so far is that the channel logos have not populated. I'm not really sure why that is. For we've seen some beta system screenshots where the logos exist. Perhaps there's just different logos and it'll be a while before they're sent to the units. Seems strange, though. Even the manual doesn't show channel logos -- but the space for them on the "Now Playing List" is still there. Maybe that's not really a "bug" though. With the DVR's, new and replacement channel logos only show up after a reboot; I guess they're downloaded with phone call updates, though they might be service data download now. But for whatever reason they only reload on a reboot. So I'll reboot every few days and keep checking. But otherwise, the guide works; the OTA stations are all there; the tuners seem at least as good as my Zenith HD-SAT520 receiver; the picture looks great; all the pause/ff/rew fuinctions work as expected, just like the SD counterpart. What I hate to say is that it's kind of boring in a way. But I guess that's also why that's good. My only disappointment comes from not having native rate output format options, where the output format changes to match the source format of the program. I prefer this since it'd let me tune to SD channels and get a 480p signal to my display, which then let's me non-linearly stretch the image to fill the 16:9 area. Some purists hate stretching. I hate stretching linearly. But I really like the non-linear stretch on my Fujitsu P50. I rarely find cases where something looks odd because of it; it's almost strange, because even off to the sides, I'd expect people to look fat like they do on a linear stretch, but it's so rare they actually do. I'm told though that there's good hope for native rate support to be added to the unit in the near future. But in the meantime, it's really not too big a deal to push a few buttons on the remote to switch the output format as required. It's a small price to pay for the added TiVo functionaility on HD programming. Now I have one OTA channel that's occasionally difficult to get good reception on, and I'm anxious to see how my luck holds when a program is on I want recorded. The primary issue here is the station is broadcasting using a temporary transmitter at extremely low power (0.125kW). I should be amazed I get it at all from 30 miles away. But come June or so it should move to it's real channel location and be transmitting much closer to full power. The only hiccup I had was my own fault. I forgot to put the access card in before calling for activation, so I had to insert it and reboot while on the phone. And it's while staring at the screen and holding on the phone that you realize the bootup process on the unit is a bit longer than typical on the SD counterpart. Otherwise, so far, everything's functioning exactly as advertised. Now one thing I know I'm concerned about I realized when entering my season passes; almost everything had an HD counterpart, so now I'm facing the ~30 hour HD recording limitation of a 250GB drive. So I know I'm wanting to add more space when it becomes evident that is easily done, and probably only when the 400GB drives are easily obtained. I had 240GB on my SD DVR, and it's a pleasure to let shows sit for weeks or months and watch them when opportunity arises with zero concern anything will get lost because space is needed.