The DVR was probably the best purchase overall. I'm with you 100% on that one. I had a hard time convincing my wife that TiVo was something which would actually benefit us. We kept missing the first ten minutes of a show, or skipping an episode. We actually got one of the last TiVo models with a DVD burner on it PLUS a lifetime subscription, just before they stopped offering them. We now have shows we definitely watch and no longer plop in front of the TV "to see what's on." It has the added benefit that I no longer know what networks have what shows at what time. I'm not beholden to their schedule any more. We do have the set turned on in the morning for news and weather.