Of course it is. It was not when the unit was purchased, but it will be whenever and to whatever extent the CATV company converts to h.264. Surely you cannot suggest that a DVR which cannot record any shows is anything but broken? No, he isn't. He is only asking that the DVR be able to perform the basic function for which it was designed: to record shows from the CATV lineup. One can hope they have more foresight than that. Exactly what do you think would happen to sales of new DVRs if 30% of the DVRs in the country suddenly became inoperable and so were suddenly offered up on ebay, most of them bearing PLS? The answer is the prices on ebay would plummet and no one in the 70% of markets would buy a new TiVo, since perfectly good ones could be had for pennies on the dollar. Given TiVo's newly acquired financial position and their increasing penetration to the leased DVR market, it might not be ruinous for TiVo, but it would hurt a hell of a lot. Although the situation was a little different, the CATV companies rushed like a man with a full bladder to get the Tuning Adapters out the door, when they had far, far less skin in the game, comparatively speaking, than TiVo does. So how did you miss the point about dumping large quantities of units onto the market? Do you think you are the only one who would think of this? Just for the record, however, I would simply dump cable, and use my TiVos to watch the contents of my video library. By the time this would come about - if ever - my library will be far more than large enough to last me the rest of my lifetime. Yes, but that is a little different. S2s (even S1s) can be made to work with an STB or DTA. The S3 and S4 cannot. As I already pointed out, if it is not practical to deliver this for the S3, then it would also almost certainly not be practical to deliver it for the S4.