I need some help. I am interested in making a move to Direct TV and I am also considering either Tivo or a DVD recorder, or both. I am very much a newbie in the matter and don't really know what I need. I would like to recorder TV but will also plan to convert VHS and mini-dv home movies to DVD. I have read there are some benefits to Tivo with scheduling programs and skipping commercials, but what other factors do I need to consider? I am wondering if I should just go with a DVD recorder now with a hardrive. Thanks in advance for any input.