Directv subscriber w/NFL ticket since 1999. Early in the 2000's I got a tivo, and I will have to say it was the single greatest thing I had discovered up to that point in my sports viewing since I realized I loved football. How did I EVER live without the ability to record/pause/reply NFL games, AND TWO AT ONCE!!!!? I could never live without a DVR again. Fast forward a few years, needed another DVR, Directv sent out one of their boxes, they were out of the tivo game. That thing was terrible. Luckily it died after a few weeks, so they sent us another. It looked like it had been dragged under a truck, beat to hell and ugly. Still as slow and clunky as ever, the menu's and day to day usage were terrible, that one died too, the 3rd one was just as bad. I sent it back and told them they could keep it, bought a 2nd tivo off ebay, installed a bigger harddrive and was doing good. I was waiting for the vaunted vaporware HD Directv Tivo... spent all of the 2009 NFL season watching SD NFL on a 52" toshiba LCD... not pretty to say the least, but I knew the 2010 season would be HD Tivoriffic! Fast forward to spring 2010, the HD directv tivo may or may not ever come to fruition... I need HD. So, since I hadn't gotten any new hardware since 2004, Directv was more than happy to set me up with free equipment and free install... but I was so darned worried about that crappy directv equipment from my experiences last time. I was totally and 100% happy with just about everything my tivo did, very apprehensive about the different menu's and operation of the dreaded HR2x's... of course reading here helped me to know I needed an HR24. 7 scheduled installs and 2 months later, the white van arrived Sat am with a new dish and a sealed HR24. Had to mount a pole out in the yard, run some new wire, setup the Hr24 and gave it a look see. I was very pleased with the picture to say the least... the installer said I couldn't do two live programs, pause and switch, but you guys said I could... so I ushered the young man away and sat down to try this dreaded new thing out. The whole point of this thread is to say one thing: I cannot believe how good this HR24 DVR is. If anyone is sitting on the fence like I was, forget it. So far I haven't found anything I don't like about this new dvr, it is as good or better in every way compared to the tivo I had. I haven't had a chance to beat the hell out of it yet, that'll come in September, but so far... it is awesome. I read a lot of threads here to get to this point, so thanks for the info. Everything is good.