The HR34 is interesting, but I am afraid of entering a new contract because that would leave me with no leverage for ST at a reduced price. As my sig states, I am only a DTV subscriber for ST, otherwise I would have already shut it down. There is no way I would every pay $300 for ST when I could get the Redzone channel for $5 a month on Uverse. But my HR21-700 has been pausing on recorded shows from time to time, although this could be my Esata going and not the box itself. So I am probably going to have to do something soon.