Advertisements Hi all! I'm a retired old fart, as you can probably tell from my internet ID. Now that I have more time to watch TV I purchased a WD 1TB expander for my Comcast DVR. Everything worked fine until they upgraded my IPG/OS to the S28 software. Now I have lost the consistent performance I once had with the SA8300. Numerous freeze ups and rebooting. Disconnect the external and everything works fine. Comcast tells me it should be working normally, but it is not. I am now on my third box with the tech coming back on Tuesday for what I fear to be another exercise in futility. Now, I am considering a Tivo. Not wanting to spend alot of money, as I already give Comcast a ton of it every month for the triple play service, I am considering purchasing a Series3 from ebay and getting the discount for the pre paid annual fee. I will save 8 bucks a month turning in the cable DVR and will be spending 10.75 for tivo. I can live with that. I have lurked here and done my homework. It seems there is a love/ hate relationship here with tivo, not so unlike the Comcast DVR boxes. Now to my question (finally). Will I really be that better off with a Tivo? I consider the improved interface to be a plus, really. I want/need a DVR that will not freeze up every day, losing recordings, buffer and whatever. It sounds,in reading here, that I would be safer in this regard with the Series3 over the newer premiere. I know with the M CableCard, I will lose OnDemand, Caller ID on my TV and MyDVR Manager. Three important features, but willing to give up just to get a DVR that I do not need to hold my breath with every time I push a button on the remote. Some input from those in the know here would be appreciated.