All Live TV and DVR-stored TV through my DirecTV/Tivo receiver have come to a near complete stand-still. I attempt to power up and I get a few seconds of LiveTV until the picture essentially stops. It wont let me get to and execute the troubleshooting or system test options. Its pixelated mess start stop no sound sound not in synch etc etc In speaking with Tivo, they point out that the box I have is under DirecTV control now and they cant repair it (if that is the conclusion). The tech I spoke with said it sounded like general hardware failure. The catch for me is that I am trying to preserve my lifetime Tivo service that I paid a $250 one time up-front cost for. I assume this is attached to the "card" and not the DVR harddrive or some other part grouping. Any thoughts on how preserve the life-time Tivo service. If buying a new box is necessary and I can transfer (whatever) the thing that is "attached" or designates the lifetime service... then fine. DirecTV just emphsizes how I can buy a new unit from them and then recommends I call Tivo. The Tivo repped just kept sounding like a jilted lover about how DirecTV didnt want them anymore. And it now seems i got duped in that I wasnt buying lifetime Tivo for my "account" ... it might be attached to a specific piece of hardware that would (of course) burn out. THoughts?