I went ahead and forked out the $40 to turn on the external HDD feature on my VIP622. I already knew that the DVR would not automatically record to an added HDD, which was already one strike against it, but I decided to try it anyway. I moved a couple of shows to the hard drive to archive them and free up some space on the main drive. I then found out that I am unable to access the external drive from TV2. So what use is this drive if I have to take 20 - 45 minutes to restore a show before someone can watch it on TV2? I can watch the shows direct from the HDD on TV1, so why not TV2? I do not recommend anyone pay for this "service" until they add some reason to justify the cost.