I hate to rant, but this needed to be said. Something was seriously not right with the call I just had with DirecTV's service center. The issue I'm having is that my DVR over the past couple of weeks has developed some sort of fan issue. Either a sensor is telling it that the box is hot and the fan is on high all the time, or the fan has a ball bearing loose ... or something. All I know is that ALL THE TIME there is a whining noise coming from the box, the only thing that stops it is to unplug it from the wall. It almost drowns out the TV at the very least makes it unpleasant to watch. A couple of things first off ... I've had this HR20-100 since march 08 so I think I would know what it sounds like in my own house. I have also had the protection plan. So I call and get the protection plan CSR. She walks me through unplugging the box and letting it restart ... the whole time repeating that the HD boxes are louder because they have a harddrive. After it's done restarting she asks if it's still, so I tell her yes it is. Then she asked if I could hold the phone to it, which I did. Then she told me she couldn't hear anything?!?! This is about 10-15 minutes in and I'm getting frustrated, because by this point I must have heard "well the HDDVR have a tenancy to be a bit louder because they have a hard-drive disk" (yes that's exactly what she said) about 20 times. The thing is all of the receivers I've ever had have had a "hard drive disk" all the way back to about 2004 and my first tivo. So I just asked for a tech to come out so they could hear for themselves ... not an option .. so I asked for a super. Went through the whole thing again about how this thing has been in my house for over a year, this isn't the way it "normally" sounds ... still would not send a tech without me paying. This is seriously the worst experience I've ever had with DTV. They were rude and infuriating. Makes me wonder why I'm paying for the protection plan. From a purely CS standpoint ... if I were with the local cable co I could have just taken the box and swapped it out.