I have been on and off contemplating Tivo and DirecTV for about 2 years. We are moving to a new house and I am jumping... So I have a few questions... I will state my situation up front. I know a bunch about video distribtuion TV formats, remote controls, IR distribution, and all that, etc. Where I am lacking is in Tivo unit knowledge and the DirecTV stuff. I have read the multiswitch stuff and have that pretty much down. I will be putting my Tivo's centrally located in the basement. I was thinking 1 per TV, but that seems excessive as we would only watch 2 or 3 TV's at a time. So I will be planning on either 2 or 3 Tivos. I will be using a modulator to put them on a specific channel of the in-house cable and the TV will always be tuned to one of the TIvo's. The remote will then control the Tivo associated with the channel that you are currently watching. So that is all dandy. I would like to be able to modify my Tivo's so that they do some of the fancy things described in some of these other forums like being able to dynamically read the now playing list of the other Tivo and press a button to start watching that show. (with a background copy.) Where I am missing information is about what model of Tivo's I should buy and whether I need to get them up front, or if I can sign up for DirecTV get the receivers, and buy the Tivo's seperately and then move an access card to the Tivo? What models of Tivo will suit my needs to be able to accomodate the modifications? Is this a series 1/2 question or something else? Thanks for any help you can give me, marc.