Directv also was extremely generous and gracious giving Richard, Michael, and me time with the people in the know. Thanks! This Q&A is limited to the hardware only because I ran out of time to talk to the production side. You know us geeks, I couldn't stop chattin' and they were wonderful to talk to. The Q&A is late, well I got caught up in last night's release (even tho I can't download it now!). Please DO NOT infer anything other than my personal bad for the delay. Directv is not responsible nor do I want to slight them by my actions. [/disclaimers] (Yeah, I know I didn't open before I closed.) HTPC Cards Still in progress, internal beta testing Media Server Center Still in progress, was delayed by HR20 project. Want HR20 rock solid, stable as portions of code will exist in many future platforms, including Home Media Center. Improving HDLite I have not been able to gather anything different than was said at the press conference and reported in other threads. There was some interest in having people review their PQ again given the ongoing improvements they are making throughout the backhauling and uplinking system. R15 Fixes New release going national now, very staggered release given the large user base. BTW, the R15 is entirely an NDS product. (The HR20 is entirely Directv, using small code samples and drivers from the hardware and chip manufacturers: NDS, Broadcom, etc.) HR20 Roadmap Dual Live Buffers Product team understands how important this is to users and are weighing this against other features desired. No definitive commitment yet. Mac users with the HR20 Currently it is felt that MACs are supported thru the same tools that we at dbstalk have identified. BTW, the team of Directv people, every single one of them is very aware of the things we do here. They were amazed at how fast we tried different things, different tools, and raced each other for input. And they are very happy with our feedback. Good job, dbstalkers! Directv ToGo Waiting for players to finish testing, final polishing, and then manufacture. Should see models around midyear 2007. Future use of the ports: Ethernet, USB, esata? Being studied. Not able to say more at this time. The USB port is used on some devices for automated testing. Sony HD-DVR The people I spoke with at directv didn’t know anything about this. Will follow up with Sony.