If Directv actually allowed for the exact same software on their Tivos that the Tivo Premiere offers, I for one would snatch up about 3 of them immediately. But the fact remains, the THR22 is an antiquated device that is not properly cared for from a software perspective (for whatever reason). I've updated 3 DVR's in the past 4 years due to DTV equipment failure and antiquation. During this time I've come close to going with a DTV Tivo numerous times along the way. But pulled back every time, because each time I logically thought it through, and DTV's Tivos have IMO serious drawbacks. Now that I'm in an area of the country that has better and better HD paid service selections outside of satellite, I MIGHT be done with DTV at the end of my service agreement in a matter of months. I love live baseball and DTV's signal is much slower reaching my HD DVR than other offerings. I hear, "Strike Three," when I'm on the phone with friends. And then about 30 seconds later I hear, "Strike Three" on my TV. So the Tivo Premiere offering plus a faster signal transition may be enough to encourage me to switch. And I've been a DTV subscriber since at least the mid 90's.
In the end, I will take my time and examine my options. And the quality of DTV's Tivo offering at the time will play a large part in my deliberations. One other large factor will be the reality of Smart tvs and Rokus being options to be considered in the overall scope of things too. The bottom line is, I am a consumer with options. So as DTV makes their decisions in regard to the way they upkeep their Tivos, I think we simply need to determine what is in our best interests too.