Our HR24/500 D* system has been virtually bulletproof compared to the TWC system it replaced about 30 months ago. We've had occasional signal losses during rain storms but changing to the analog channel fixed that 80% of the time. Lately, though, we've had some oddities that concern me. I've made a couple of recordings that, right in the middle, switch to a Spanish-speaking channel of some sort for a period of time, then switch back to the channel that should be being recorded. The 2 specific ones I remember were on different channels - one a local broadcast affiliate's HD channel and one a cable SD channel. Tonight, I was watching the beginning of one of the late night talk shows and, suddenly, got the pop up that the signal had been lost (with clear skies) . This latter problem has happened 2 or 3 times before during weather-free periods. My question - is this indicative of (potentially imminent) hardware (DVR) failure or does it mean that we have an alignment issue? Or something else entirely? And, if this turns out to be a hardware (DVR) issue that requires replacement, is there any option for archiving my unwatched recordings besides burning them all to DVD individually? I remember reading a thread that seemed to potentially offer this by using an external SATA hard drive arrangment but I've not looked at it in-depth. Thanks in advance for any help.