So my dad calls me up and says "Can you research home theater on the internet for me. Mom and I are looking. But don't do this at the expense of studying!" "Uhh, ok." I know the basics, but that's about it. Let me know if any of my questions should be in a more specific forum. Overview: My parents watch a ton of sports. If they're not playing tennis, they're watching it. Also, golf and the Redskins. They like to tape this stuff too. They might occasionally watch dvds or movies on tv, but will never listen to music in the "tv room." The rest of the time, they'll be watching sitcoms, news, whatever else. TV: I think my dad has a 27" JVC. He wants a "big screen." I read all the "learn about" information on circuitcity.com. I'm thinking a rear-projection is the best way to go considering their relatively low prices now. CC pushes samsungs I noticed, but my dad doesn't like samsung. Historically, he's bought JVC and Sony. Can anyone recommend a quality brand? Then we'll just pick a size and get it. They have Cox digital cable. Now, since it's digital, a digital tv would display it better, meaning one of the tv's advertised as HDTV or HDTV monitor? Sound: Since the main use is television viewing, they don't need big floorstanding speakers. I think he'd rather have bookshelf size speakers over tiny ones. I was thinking about a Home-Theater-In-a-Box because it's cheaper, he gets a progressive scan dvd player included (he has an old one), and the components are matched and setup is easy. Other: He wants TIVO bad. He tried a phillips dvd recorder for a while, but it sucked - 1 hour recording time at best quality. I checked TIVO and it has 12 hr recording time at best quality on the 40-hr unit. If he's getting TIVO and making all these changes, there's an opportunity to get Directv. Browsing the threads, I noticed some mid-atlantic users. Anyone have any comments on Directv vs. Cox digital cable? BTW, mom will totally be against learning new channels unless there's a good reason . So, sorry for long message, but I was given a tall order and needed a start somewhere. I'm thinking a Sony, JVC, maybe Hitachi or other rear projection HDTV with all the goodies. Then a htib with a progressive scan dvd player and bookshelf size speakers - the old stereo system he has is kenwood stuff with these huge old-school looking bose speakers on pedastals, but I welcome whatever you guys recommend. And finally, a tivo, maybe the multiroom system I read about where you can access one dvr's recorded stuff from another one. Price isn't that much of a factor, but my parents are pretty practical and they would have to be able to justify the price. Thanks, sorry, long noob message.