I've been hanging on to my beloved old Tivo SD-DVR40 for longer than I should because I love the way it shuttles and its responsiveness. I've seen other DVR's, such as from Scientific Atlanta on Time-Warner, that I don't think I could live with. But now the poor quality that some networks are using to broadcast NFL games at SD makes me feel I have no choice but to make the move to HD. I was waiting for the Directv Tivo to come along but I see that it is not all that it should be. So now I must decide which way to go. I know there have been other threads on this forum for this question. But I would like to get some more specific answers and more general opinions. Ideally I could go somewhere and see both units in action. Try them out and see how they roll. You wouldn't think that would be so difficult but apparently it is. However, I was able to play around a little with an HR-24 at Best Buy. With my SD tivo, I can watch a program at 1 X FF with subtitles and it plays smoothly. It's watchable that way. With the HR-24, it can play SD at 1 X FF smoothly but HD is jerky. So my first question is, can the THR-22 play HD smoothly at 1 X FF and display subtitles? Or is it that every dvr will skip frames when shuttling HD? Does the HR-34 shuttle better (more smoothly) than the HR-24? I wasn't able to turn on closed-captioning on the HR-24 at Best Buy and they didn't have the real remote. I haven't even seen a picture of the real remote control. Tivo has done a great job with the layout of the peanut controller and other manufacturers have done a terrible job. Did Directv get it right with the design of their remote control? Or at least not objectionable? It could make the difference for me. Thanks in advance to all who respond.