Dan, I come from an engineering perspective. To me, I also more or less agree that TV shows are not that important. However, the ONLY reason for me to have Tivo is to insure that what I DO want, is recorded, and retained. Without that, Tivo is absolutely worthless to me. I'm not being derogatory - that's just why I have it. Otherwise, Tivos would not be in my home That's why I paid the premium to have Tivo as opposed to other alternatives. My point is that Tivo is a "premium" even by their own description. These days a whole lot is NOT available from alternative locations yet. Frankly, when it is, then there's another challenge for Tivo, because once again, the value of the Tivo will (without other value additions which don't exist today) become further degraded. My experience with Tivo failures includes a total of 3 HDs and 2 Elite/XL4s. None have been abused or mistreated. All are on UPS's. I also have multiple displays, audio systems, Xbox, PS3, etc etc etc. The Tivos do not get moved, they are in well ventilated and protected areas, and all on UPS. I have not had these issues with any other device, including the probably more than 20 PCs, etc that have been through here in that time (right now there are 7 machines in the house). Most of my Tivo failures have not been hard drives. Matter of fact, I believe only one was. And I can't blame Tivo for that - they don't manufacture drives any more than anyone else. They're mechanical devices, and can sometimes fail. My device failures were when the Tivo behaved totally irrationally, and support would try for ages to fix the issues finally getting to the resolution of replacing the device. In "most" cases, replacing the device fixed - or at least improved - the problem. Problem is with Tivo (or Cableco DVR for that matter) when you lose one, you lose it all. And as opposed to current situation, if you go with a 6 tuner and a bunch of minis, if ANYTHING goes wrong with the 6 tuner, you have absolutely no TV capability in your home other than IP based. It's all personal preference. No matter what however, reliability and predictability of recording is an absolute core function of the Tivo.