I’ve heard back more from Weaknees and DirecTV (background to story). Now to decide what to do. I’m open to opinions…
Repair Option. We take the unit to Weakness. They diagnose ($99) and repace one or both tuners ($129 to $159). We could upgrade the drive while we’re at it, which would be additional labor ($79) plus the drive ($109 to $259). So, effectively, we’re talking between $450 and $600 to repair and upgrade, but we keep a Tivo unit.
Replace Option. DirecTV has indicated we get a free service call. They called us, and indicated they no longer have replacement DirecTivo units, and cannot repair them. They would replace it with a DirecTV DVR (non-Tivo) [for free, they claim]. We would need to watch/burn stuff off the Tivo before we could replace it, meaning we would have to live with the bad tuner until then (meaning I might need to buy a season of Weeds).
Opinions? Is sticking with the Tivo worth $500? Are the DirecTV DVRs that bad?