Can't say I blame you for that. I've been guilty of letting my passion for HTPCs override rational behavior and cause me to respond with more emotion than common sense. For that I deeply apologize. I hope that in some small way you did come away with some positive information regarding Windows Media Center to help you on your way. FWIW, I'm a huge fan of both platforms and have been for some time. I've owned and modified literally dozens of various Tivos since they were first introduced. I followed hacking developments for Tivos from the days when the Tivo forums were part of the AVSForums before they split out and became the Tivo Community Forum. I was also an active participant at the "other" Tivo forum that discussed hacks that will forever remain nameless here (the TCF software filters out certain words, phrases, and URLs and censors them because they don't want anyone here to know about the good stuff). I think the main reason I switched to HTPCs is the fact that you can't do much to hack a Tivo anymore. Most of the features enjoyed by Tivos users today were developed and used by the hacking community long before they made their way into the Tivo software. Now that I can no longer tweak my Tivos, I simply got bored with them. HTPCs give me the option to tweak to my heart's content. I don't view HTPCs as being superior to Tivos other than the fact that they are more flexible. As a standalone DVR I don't think there's a better product on the market than Tivo. FYI - I used to go by the user name of captain_video here and I still use that name in various other forums.