I keep hearing about TIVO being so great. In fact TIVO has so much become synonymous with DVR I'm not even sure if there are other brands that still exist (lost customers to TIVO maybe?). So I picked up this used TIVO Series-2 down at Goodwill for only $13, BUT I find it's got a problem. The problem is while TIVO does have features that aren't part of what I would think of a normal DVR as being capable of (TV guide, recommended shows, etc) it doesn't even provide BASIC DVR service when operating under free mode! I would think paying unlocked the "extra" features, though while operating in "free" mode it would still have the normal DVR features (basically behaving as an ordinary VCR, except it's digital recording to a HDD instead of analog recording to a tape). However this is NOT the case! ALL DVR FEATURES ARE DISABLED when operating in free mode. This is worst business practice EVER. Best way to turn off customers. I certainly will NOT be paying money to such a greedy company. Even worse, I don't even know if there ARE any "generic DVR" brands that simply behave as digital VCRs for recording what you want whenever you want with no restrictions or subscriptions. I used to hear about DVRs, but then TIVO came along and I just hear about TIVO and not about DVRs. So I'm guessing everyone went with the TIVO "fad", and the other DVR companies went bankrupt. So I'm stuck trying to figure out how to find a "generic DVR", or how to hack a my used TIVO Series-2 box to give me generic DVR functionality! THIS SUCKS!