On my old Directv tivo box (which is probably 7 years old), my local NBC channel is just a black screen. When I try to watch shows that were recorded on NBC within the last couple weeks, there is nothing there so this must have started a couple weeks ago. I am not having this problem on my newer non-Tivo box. I called Directv today, and their automated recording (prior to talking to a live person) had me restart the DVR. So, I did that and when it was done searching for a satellite signal it said that it could not find all channels. NBC was still black, but now ABC, CBS, PBS, and FOX are not even on the guide and I can't even go to those channels. When I talked to Directv, they said this is a problem that other people are having and that their engineers are working on a fix, but they really don't know what the problem is. They said that whatever the fix is will need to be downloaded to my box via a phone line. But, my old box hasn't been able to connect via a phone line the last couple years, and Directv wasnt' able to ever get that resolved either (they just told me I need a new box). So, without local channels, and no fix in sight...I need a new box. What are Directv's new Tivo boxes like? How do they compare to the old directv-tivo boxes, and how do they compare to Directv's own DVRs.?