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When you say "to HD", I'm assuming you mean to hard-disk (why else would you have said "TO"?)
Tivo is a standalone DVR. So is the ReplayTV, if you can find one. You can also look towards the Panasonic DMR-EH85 or similar.
ReplayTV never built a dual-tuner box. Tivo just released a cobbled-together franken-DVR that is kinna-sorta-maybe-sometimes a dual tuner box (download the instructions/QSG from Tivo and you'll see what kind of a POS hand-job the marketing dept. at Tivo gives out when billing it as a "dual-tuner").
The only way to get a lifetimed Tivo is used. They no longer offer the lifetime service as an option. ReplayTV still offers liftime service, and with the advent of the ReplayTV-PC software, it's reasonable to say that the guide service will be around for a long time to come.
The Panasonic DMR-EH85 is a single tuner, HDD recorder with a DVD burner integrated. The cost of purchase includes lifetime guide service. But, in comparason to the Tivo and ReplayTV guide services, the Panasonic TVGOS service sucks.
If you don't want guide service, look for a good VCR.
Still no news from New Zealand.
If we ever get any, we'll be sure to let you know.