I got it! I went today and bought the Sony standalone TiVo unit thanks to all your guys answering my questions. The thing is currently making the call to get the programming data and says it will take 2-3 hours after that to process. Now, here's my question... My cable box has a serial connection. I connected it to the serial in of the TiVo. My understanding, from the directions, was that I could use EITHER serial or IR, and that serial is perfered. Well, I went with that, but couldn't get the the thing to change my cable box's channels in the setup. So, i gave in and hooked up the IR, which seems a little ghetto. It'll work for now, but I'd sure like to get that serial connection working. Any clues? The setup process didn't even ask me about serial...it jsut went straight into setting up IR, which i didn't even expect to be using. Thanks in advance!