I am not speaking for Ted, but if it were reasonably possible don't you think they would have done it? I am the product manager for a data management product that maintains its own database (sort of like a TiVo in that respect). We often revise the internal data structures from release to release. Once you upgrade the database, you can't downgrade it. If you need to go back to the old release you have to wipe your database and restore a backup. This is not an uncommon practice. The only thing unique about TiVo is that, because of the copyright owner's rules, some recordings can't be backed up (transferred to PC or another TiVo). But this IS an optional upgrade. There is plenty of information out already about Hydra and how it differs from the older UI (the basic tenets of which are approaching 20 years old). If you are not sure you will like it, you shouldn't upgrade. If you are sure, and then change your mind, there IS an escape hatch, but it has a cost. Personally, I very much like Hydra. It takes getting used to after nearly 20 years of one paradigm, but I think it is a long needed refresh. Without it, the TiVo user experience (UX) would continue to become more and more dated and old fashioned. This style of UX is very current (look at Comcast, Hulu, Netflix, Plex, etc...they have all implemented similar interfaces). It may not be for everybody - at least TiVo, alone among providers, is not forcing it on you.