Advertisements Greetings: I have an ancient history with TiVo, I bought the first TiVos to hit the market many years ago, and was so taken with them I had 4 of them in the same entertainment center rather quickly. I am a nerd by trade, so I of course got into the hacking of TiVos as well, and spent plenty of time in the TiVoCommunity underground. As time went on I migrated to the old Series2 TiVos for DirecTV. It was a no brainer, they were $99 each at the time, and I scarfed up 4 of them so I could have 8 tuners on a directv setup, it was bliss. Years went by, then DirecTV got unfriendly with TiVo - I tried to stick with it and tried one of the 'new' HD "TiVos" (not the old 'real' HD directv tivo, I had one of those too before they were phased out). This 'new' HD TiVo lived in my cabinet for a few weeks before being decommissioned. It was clear that DirecTV took over the whole box and it was only a 'tivo' in very limited ways. Moved on and stuck with DirecTV DVRs for about 7-8 years since then. I am at a crossroads and am debating leaving DirecTV. I currently have one of their 'main' DVRs, and several lesser DVRs all scattered around the house, but they all share the same playlist (each DVR can see all other DVR's recordings), so you can get at the whole house's collection of shows from any room/DVR. This is functionality I'd like to maintain. So last night, our "central" DVR's hard drive finally died. This covers about 85% of our total recordings being lost, and this has been the only thing "tying" us to DirecTV, we didn't want to lose all our recordings that are stored, and the hassle of trying to migrate. Now that we've got no recordings left, it seems an ideal time to get back to something better. We hate DirecTV's receivers for the most part, so its not an unwelcome change. So, I have no idea what I need to get though. I started scanning through TiVos product lineups, and things have progressed quite a bit since I last had a TiVo. Looks like most of our functionality requirements are there, but I still am not quite sure what the best solution is for us. What we need in a nutshell: 1. Multi-room capabilities - I.E., any TV should be able to see and be able to play any show recorded on any DVR in the house. 2. Minimum of 5 tuners total - that is what we have now with DirecTV, and often have all 5 tuners going during prime time. 3. I am in a Comcast area, so I suspect I need CableCard capabilities (I don't know anything about cable these days, I've been a directv customer for over 15 years). 4. I don't need 4k capabilities, it seems to me that the Roamio does not support 4k, but the Bolt does - this isn't important to me, but some of the skip/fast play functionality and UI speed seem to be much better with the Bolt? 5. We are quite frankly couch potatoes. I have never owned a DVR that I didn't upgrade its hard drive on - we record many shows per day, and watch TV constantly. Lots of storage is a must, and I see that newer devices support eSATA. I'm also not afraid to take apart a device to upgrade the disk, but eSATA is fine too. How does this work exactly? Does it "replace" the internal drive the way a DirecTV receiver does, or does it marry the two together and use the eSATA as additional storage? 6. Having all 'storage' centralized on a single DVR with "satellite" mini receivers at each other TV in the house is perfectly acceptable, though I am also fine with having multiple "real" DVRs each with storage of their own - the main requirement with this though goes back to item #1, we would like to be able to watch any show from any DVR in the house, regardless of where that show is recorded. I think I covered all of our needs. I apologize for asking such a baseline basic question, but given that this is going to be a $500-$1000 complete re-do of our entire DVR world, and considering that TV is a huge percentage of our world in general, I want to make sure I make the right choices up front. Thank you so much for insight/tips/advice.