My Tivo is dying

My poor little DirecTv HR10-250 is dying. It’s been making some weird noises for awhile now, which is never a good sign for hard drive health. Today though, it’s already frozen twice. The only fix has been to pull the plug and force a reboot. We’ve had this box for over 5 years now and it’s been working great up to this point. The HD tivos had a rep as being a bit delicate.

Apparently DirecTv and Tivo have made up after some earlier issues and are planning on releasing a new receiver in 2010, but who knows when that will be. Might have to start scrambling for an alternate content source fast since you can’t watch the first two episodes of Big Love and then just stop. Withdrawal like that can have serious health issues.