Advertisements Greetings all! I've had my Tivos for three days now, having switched over from Comcast DVRs. I'm not sure what it was that did the trick, but I finally decided it was time. It seems that there are a lot of complaints about Tivo on this forum, and some of you may not realize how good you really have it. Here are some things that swayed me to making the switch to Tivo. Multi-Room Viewing: Technically Comcast has this, but here's the situation with Comcast's version. If you have three DVRs--which you're paying nearly as much to rent as you are for the Tivo service--two are essentially rendered useless as only ONE can record shows. Three DVRs with dual tuners but I can only record two shows at once if I want to be able to access multi-room viewing? Apparently I signed up at the right time as the "streaming" option appears to be fairly new. That's VERY nice. You might not realize it if you've only ever had Tivo, but when you don't have the ability to do multi-room viewing you tend to record several programs on more than one DVR so that you can have the option of watching it in different rooms. This requires frequently needing to "mop up" each DVR, deleting shows you watched in another room. Multi Room viewing means you don't waste DVR space by recording the same show on multiple DVRs. Transfer to desktop With Comcast, there really is NO simple workable solution to transferring your data to the desktop. The BEST you can do is get analog recordings using a capture card. HD recording is doable (with a Hauppague PVR) but real time is not exactly what I'm looking for. Wifey likes to record every Oprah and Martha that comes on the air and hog significant quantities of storage space. Every single one seems to be of the utmost importance because she wants to keep this recipe or that interview. Essentially wifey is a video header. She leaves it to me to figure out how to get rid of everything. Tivo to desktop makes this thing worthwhile all by itself. It seems there are a host of options for encoding those into smaller files, but honestly, I can't make heads or tells of all this pyrotivotechnics stuff. If there's a starter thread for dummies I'd appreciate a link. For now I've just purchased a pretty simple program, "Aunsoft" which works well enough, but if there's a dependable (operative word dependable) way of auto-deleting commercials, then please give me a link. Cost: I didn't even hesitate to drop the sizable sum to pay for three lifetime subscriptions. If I own these puppies for two years I start getting the service for free. Even if I sour on Tivo I can always get something for those Tivos because the subscription transfers. With Comcast, you are paying $8.00 for the first box and then 15.95 for the next two. In about three years I figure I break even in terms of cost, but in those three years with Comcast I have nothing to show for that $1,500 (cost of Tivos+Service). With the Tivos I either start getting free service or can recoup a significant part of that money. Financially, there's no contest. Transfer Downloads to Tivo Frankly, I didn't even know this was a possibility when I bought it. This alone makes the Tivo to Desktop Plus worth the $25.00 I plopped down. My entire PC Library now comfortably resides on my Tivos. In fact, I was so happy about this I bought a 1 TB WD DVR expander and a 500 GB version as well. (With all the cash I dropped no way am I going to entertain the possibility of voiding my warranty!) As a customer who has been using a DVR for YEARS (seven???) I never really thought that there was that much difference between the Tivo and DVR. All I heard was about the better interface. There's a lot more than interface that separates the Tivo. Sure I lose my On-Demand but I figure that Netflix etc makes up for that. (Besides all the On Demand options are still available online). It seems a lot of people complain about little things and minor problems that occur with the menu, or having too many layers etc. Those types of things seem fairly minuscule when compared to the advantages that Tivo offers over Comcast DVRs. Don't think that the Comcast DVRs don't have their quirks too. My DVRs would frequently "record" a show but when I went to watch it, it would just be black. Or else I would be halfway through a show, and the rest is there, but there would be some kind of "barrier" in the middle of the show that I couldn't play past, ff past or skip past. It's like I'd just have to wonder how the blasted thing ended! And let me add that my Mother in Law's Road Runner DVR SUCKS compared to the Comcast DVR. Anyway, I don't know if I'm breaking any unwritten rules here by actually being HAPPY with my Tivo, but I thought I'd just give the perspective of someone who has had a lot of experience with something much worse.