I have had Dish Network back when they only had one satellite in the sky, DirecTV and now only my series 3 HD DVR and OTA programming.
I can download anything I have recorded on my DVR to my laptop and watch it whenever and wherever I want.
Can't do that with DirecTV unless you buy their hardware for $99??.
Tivo is light years ahead of all other TV providers in both equipment and software and that's why I love Tivo and my HD DVR.