This may sound a little strange here on the Directv forum but... A few months ago I bought the new TiVo Premier Elite (2TB drive, 4 tuners) for $500 to connect to TWC. I'm mostly happy with the setup and I don't have any contract with TWC. I love the TiVo's DVR and guide software. It even pulls down web videos and they behave just like a regular recording with FF/RW/Play/Pause/Slow. Here's the problem: being in San Diego I'd like to watch Padres baseball which is only available to me thru Directv. Starting this season the rights were purchased by Fox and are on a new channel called FoxSports San Diego. TWC refuses to pay Fox what they demand for this channel and I'm stuck in in the middle of their fight. I don't have any problem with TWC's signal. I like the quality of their HD channels. Occasionally the Tuning Adapter and/or the TiVo don't behave and I'll miss a recording--so it ain't perfect. Generally I don't like 24 month contracts. Can I avoid a contract with Directv if I buy a receiver and dish? I asked Directv and they told me no. But I figure they want me to sign up for a lengthy contract. I would like keep TWC and my new TiVo but also be able to get an old non-DVR Directv receiver (for cheap) if I can get Directv to sell me "Choice programming" service on a month-to-month agreement. Can I buy old hardware and go with month-to-month? I could make the jump to Directv and get the new 5 tuner HR-34 but I just paid $500 for TiVo. And last month TiVo dropped the price to $400 so I'm already out over $100 if I try to sell my TiVo. Do you guys have any thoughts? Please?