I used TiVo years ago and I liked it. But the interface was slow and I eventually gave it away to a relative who still uses it to this day. In the past couple of years, I've been using the Cox DVR. But frankly, I hate how much it works against me. I turn the TV/DVR on and get their PPV ads by default. (I swear I changed the starting channel, but it changed back.) I can't remove the tons of the unwanted channels and the unsubscribed channels from their program guide. I'm convinced that they've put advertising their own awesome lineup over any real considerations like usability. (I can only filter channels out from up/down channel surfing.) I have no hope that Cox will put the customer experience first. Using their DVR only reinforces that you need to purchase channels or programs from Cox. So I want to consider a TiVo again. But I have to wonder: around the time I left TiVo, they started to become spammy and in love with advertisements in addition to the paid monthly service fee. Today, how is TiVo's love affair with advertising revenues playing out? Above all, I want to purchase a DVR that puts me first, and has little in the way of distractions and annoyances. How much will today's TiVo serve me, and how much and in what ways will it serve a different master?