Dish Network is currently running a special on their PVR 501. Unfortunately, they don't provide much information about the 501 on their website. I called DishNetwork the other day and was able to get some additional information, but I don't yet have enough information to feel confident buying it. For example, I asked how their PVR 501 compares to a Tivo, and the rep didn't even know what I was talking about! So I thought I'd address questions to the experts: HTF! My questions are as follows: 1. How do you access programs you've recorded on the PVR? Does it show some sort of list from which you can choose, perhaps similar to the guide? 2. Can a show that is recorded on the PVR be transferred to a VCR? 3. Does the PVR offer different recording speeds/quality? How does the quality of the recorded program compare to the originally broadcast program? 4. Does the PVR offer any search features comparable to Tivo? 5. Would I be better considering a standalone Tivo, or is the 501 a better choice, considering cost, quality and convenience? (The 501 is available right now for $199, and there is no additional monthly charge for program listings. So it is quite a bit cheaper than Tivo.) Once I know the answers to these questions, I'll feel more comfortable deciding whether to buy the 501, the Tivo, or none of the above. Any comments/suggestions you can provide would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance. Steve K.