This. A thousand times this. Our DVRs are nearly always net-connected. We can control them from the Internet - tell them what programs to record and such from Directv's web site or smart phones. No reason they can't receive and store settings from the DVR to be able to restore them if needed for a failure or replacement. Or the data could be stored on a smart phone for that matter. We're not talking content here. At least I'm not. All I care about are the settings.