I thought I would post this here first since I mostly hang out on the HTF although I first got the inclination to research based on a thread on AV Science. SonicBlue will be releasing a new 5000 series with additional features at a reduced price. Magnolia Hi-Fi, a electronics store in the Northwest, had thier employees trained on the new model a few days ago. Based on an imminent purchase of a 4500 series ReplayTV, I did some research. I found this thread on AV Science: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0&pagenumber=1 Those in the Magnolia Hi-Fi training were told the unit would be available for purchase "in four to five weeks." The training took place three days ago. The new model will boast increased capacity and a Sage/Faroudja DCDi chip. The unit will upconvert all video to 480p. The smallest model will have a capacity of 30 hours. Several salesmen were willing to discuss this with me and I trust one of the salesmen very much in terms of knowledge and reliability. Don't buy a 4500 series. Wait to purchase the new unit (with additional features) for fewer $$$. The current rebate will be continued past Oct. 15 according to my salesman. It will bring the price of the base unit to $250 (after rebate). The next model will be an additional $100 ($350 after rebate) and offer 80 hours. The next model will be an additional $100 ($450 after rebate) and offer 120 or 160 hours (I don't remember). Life-time activation will remain the same at $250. My birthday present will just have to wait past Oct. 2. It sounds like it will be worth it.