I have been going back and forth with my decision here....I presently have a D* Series 2 DirecTivo in my living room, and basic cable hooked into a regular TiVo in my bedroom. I am very unhappy with the picture quality of the Cable/TiVo combo, and have a decision to make. Should I get an R10, and add it to my bedroom. (There is one left at my local Best Buy...tempting). Or, would it be better to keep the 40-hr TiVo and just run DirecTV through it (using my existing RCA DirecTV receiver)? I do like the functionality of the TiVo unit (wireless, Tivo2Go, etc). EDIT: So how is the interaction between the TiVo and a standalone DirecTV receiver? Is it "transparent?" The latter would be more expensive ($5 additional receiver fee plus $12.95 monthly TiVo charge) but the main benefit is I wouldn't have to sign a contract with DirecTV (right?). Right now, I am out of contract. Surely adding a standalone reciever won't tie me to a new contract..... Any advice is welcomed.