"I would give it a negative # if I could ! C/NET is clueless !"0.5 starson by maximusaz
Pros: If you've never owned a PVR it might seem good.
Cons: If you've ever owned a Tivo, you'll wonder why Directv would ever switch to this.
Summary: I actually own both a Hi Def Tivo and this lovely piece of technology, the HR20. I have them both side by side and use them both on a daily basis. True that eventually the HR20 will be able to receive additional show because of the MPEG4 technology, but aside from that it's a bucket of junk. It's runs very very hot compared to the Tivo, I'm actually on my 3rd unit because the first two were defective and this one has similar problems with freezing during fast forward. Good luck with the fast forward BTW, if you want to get half way through a 4 hour recording like a baseball game, you'll have VCR flashbacks with how long it takes and frankly that's just unacceptable.
I'm moving this unit to another room in the house and picking up another HD Tivo off Ebay. Shame on Directv for forcing out Tivo and replacing it with the HR20. Heads should roll over this mistake and I'm positive that Directv someway or somehow pays for this mistake. It would have been better in the wrong run to simply buy Tivo out when the stock was $2 then to try and pawn off a cheap knock off like this. And what in world is David Katzmaier talking about with an 8.1 ? That man is a fool and CNET must have been paid off for this review.