I'm kicking the idea around to get another tivo. I have an old series 2 w/lifetime that I haven't used in forever. I can get Best Buy to pricematch Amazon so the roamio will be ~$175. I'll search but is that going to be about the best deal around? I just can't pony up the $ lifetime on this new unit so from what I've read it will be $12.99, right? Does that require a commitment? If I decide somewhere down the line to go lifetime, I assume I can?? As far as the roamio, does it have a toslink connection on the back? That's how I currently get sound to my AV Receiver (long story) on my comcast DVR and I'd like to keep the setup the same. I'm ok with the 500GB drive. I know the basic does OTA. Not sure I'll use that but who knows. From my reading I see I can't stream shows from it to my ipad, etc. I'd like that function but it's not worth it to step up to the next roamio. I know Ill have to get a cablecard from comcast. Is that typically a horrible ordeal? Anything else I need to know?