So far I have purchased 4 TiVos. Two for gifts, two for personal use; they are a mix of TiVo HDs and TiVo Premieres. They all work perfect, I have upgraded the hard drive in most of them. My query is this. I have always purchased the "reconditioned" or "re-certified" TiVos from the clearance area of the TiVo store front, they all come with the same warranty as the new ones, they all have worked perfectly out of the box, and they have never had a single problem, they have the same prices for the service plan, they have an upgrade track like the new ones. Other than they already come activated from TiVo, and in a brown box instead of a full color box: What are the advantages of buying a new one instead of a re-certified TiVo?