I'm amazed. I've had two Series 1 Tivo combo units since 2001, and these sorry things still don't do basic functions correctly. Today I came home from work prepared to watch the World Series only to find that my Tivo, in its infinite wisdom, had decided it didn't need to record today's game because it had recorded the same program yesterday. Of course it didn't record a World Series game yesterday because there wasn't one - it had been rained out. So the game that was supposed to be played yesterday, Game 4, was played today and instead of looking at the program guide data and deducing that from the fact that it's a baseball game, Tivo belched and farted instead of doing what it was told. Now if this were the first time that Tivo's software had every encountered a rainout, maybe it wouldn't be a big deal, because after all, new software always has bugs in it. But this machine is five years old and the software has been updated a donzen times at least. So why is it that after all this time Tivo still can't figure out how to record the single most important televised event in all of Western Civilization? Is Tivo's management, software engineering department, and QA composed of girly men who only test the unit's ability to record the Oprah show? Are they a bunch of hippies who hate sporting events because they're too competitive and patriarchal? Is Tivo trying to make me watch Lifetime instead of sports? Or are they all simply a bunch of incompetant morons who should be let out to pasture? It's not just the World Series that gives this pathetic little device fits, it has a hard time with all playoff games. I have a keyword wishlist for baseball games with the word "series" in them, and even that is not reliable. If a game is originally in the schedule as "teams TBA" Tivo loses the note to self to record it after the teams are filled-in, even though the word "series" is still there. Retarded as hell. During the regular season, if a local game is on the schedule on Channel 36 as it normally is, but also on ESPN for the national audience, the ESPN showing is blacked-out locally. Tivo knows where I live, but it still, after all these years, isn't smart enough to record the game from channel 36 instead of ESPN. Totally dimwitted. I've reported these problems before and the standard response is "we can't help it because we depend on Tribune for the program guide." That's a load of crap. There are rules to sports broadcasting, and any company that wants to be successful with a DVR should have learned them by now. Before next year's world series, these machines will not be in my house. Pathetic.