I'm still going strong on my 2 utv's. I can't believe one of them now has a 9 going on 10 year old 100 gig ide drive. I still have a copy of the first Lord of the Rings ppv in keep mode.
I have noticed a few things, once in a while a sports show, like basketball with lots of fast moving motion (which requires more storage) will just seem to skip about 20 or 30 seconds. Maybe once every 10 hours I see this.
Also, I have to do the reset (using the code 12357) about once every 3 weeks now. I used to do it less often.
Both my tuners are going strong, but no longer in the high 90's, more like 80's. The unit with the 9 year old drive was my original utv I bought for $400.
I've recently upgraded my tv, however. I now have an ACER AT3265 32-Inch, one of the last of it's size which still has s-video. I also hook up my laptop (vga input) to it for playing dvd's and captured videos (which I edit out the ads). This is all ready if and when my utv's finally die, since it has all the input connections (3 hdmi) I'd ever need. In s-video mode, it allows for several video modes, including stretching s-vid to full wide screen, and 2 zoom modes for shows in letter box - like all the latest fox sports. At 10 feet away, it looks nearly as good as hd. I can get a few over the air hd shows, so I can compare. If I don't wear my low power reading glasses, I can't tell the difference at all. My eyes are getting older too
It's a steal at just north of $300 (At amazon with free shipping).