Advertisements I've had my TiVo Series2 for a year now (the warranty is over, time to upgrade the HDD! LOL) Recently, I bought a 50" HD plasma, and I *love* HD TV. TiVo, of course, is Standard Digital (SD), so it looks, well, "watchable" at best. I don't want to switch to DirecTV, as I like Bright House networks (BHN). And of course, the recent announcement of DirecTV severing their ties with TiVo is well known. Yes, I know TiVo is supposed to be unveiling some sort of cable card unit at CE in January 06, but I thought I'd post a "wish list" of things *I* would like to see in a "Series3 Cable Card TiVo unit" (basically, my wish list of things I'm *hoping* are already in there - and if not, maybe someone who works at TiVo will see this and at least consider it): Let's talk interface - HD output, I mean: HDMI is preferred; DVI would be acceptable, component (Yb Yr Yg) should be included as well. This seems to be pretty much a given, as a cable-card TiVo *should* be able to record HD content, it would need an HD output to send it to the TV. Every HD output unit I've seen included either HDMI or DVI, and component output. Upscaling SD to higher res: This is a must, IMHO. I think this would sell people on buying a new unit much more quickly. Use the Faroudja DCDi chip. Many lower-cost HD upscaling DVD players (such as the Oppo OPDV971 DVD player and others) use this chip to do exactly that. It's considered one of the best low-cost upscaling chips out there. The TiVo unit could upscale SD to 720p or even 1080i and make it look much better on HD screens. Built-in Dolby digital Decoder, with Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 Channel Output Let's face it, more and more people have home-theater setups. It doesn't cost THAT much more to do this. Again, look at the Oppo DVD player. It has this, the Faroudja DCDi chip, and more, and costs under $200. Since we're talking audio output, the unit should include both digital coax and optical (TOSlink) outputs for Dolby 5.1 I'm pretty sure HD content requires 5.1 output, so this, too, is probably a given. A lot of people are saying "dual tuners is a must!" I disagree. Series1 and Series2 have only one tuner. I'm happy with that. While having 2 tuners would be *nice*, it's not a requirement for me. I'd much rather be able to watch recorded content on my TiVo while it's recording something - especially if it can record HD content! I'm sure TiVo could come out with a Series3.5 (or Series4?) HD CC TiVo when the new CC standard is finalized; the new CC standard would then support dual tuners, and people could either upgrade to them or not (just like Series1 people now.) TiVo hasn't updated their box in what, 3 years now? That should have been plenty of time to realize the HDTV market is where it's going, especially with the gov't mandated 2007 cut-off date for all content to be broadcast in HD. (Yeah, I know, it's probably going to be extended past that, if it hasn't already, but still.) I'm anxiously awaiting the unveiling in a few months (if it actually happens.) I don't think any of this is un-doable or prohibitively expensive; I expect the CC TiVo (Series3?) to start off at around $499 or so, and like all things, drop in price later. What I'd REALLY like to see TiVo do is to sell those cable-card HD TiVo units to cable companies, let the cable companies put in the cable card, then rent them to their customer. The unit could do "TiVo basic" out of the box, and if the user wants "enhanced TiVo" (wishlists, etc.), they pay $6.95/month to TiVo. Basically, just like the Humax DVD recorder w/ TiVo. That'd be a win-win, IMHO.