I bought the Premier today for $60 on the Black Friday deal, was looking at swapping the HD for a bigger drive but discovered it has an eSata port for HD expansion so even the XL is unnecessary - unless the tuner is better. They did charge tax on the pre-sale full retail price of $299 though. It was $101 out the door with 1 month service, free shipping. I will probably upgrade to lifetime later.
I too am a DHG conversion. I must say though, I am looking forward to the remote scheduling option from my android, I will miss my Sony DHG but all good things come to an end, but as they say, one door closes and another opens up.
The only thing with using the eSATA port is that creates two points of failure. And if one drive has issues you lose everything on both drives since they become married.