Just got a reader tip that BestBuy was rolling out "free standalone DVRs" to current customers signing on for another two years and all new customers this past weekend. This page on the BestBuy site mentions the free 80Gb DVR. This image from the promotion calls it a "DirecTV DVR".
I was wondering if it was a free standalone TiVo or a new mysteriously branded DirecTV model, but after hearing from someone that got one of the units, he verified that it was indeed a 80hr standalone TiVo.
What's kind of strange here is that DirecTV isn't giving away the DirecTiVo combo unit which has dual tuners and records at full satellite quality. It seems the DirecTiVo unit phase out is underway and they are giving away standard TiVos until their new non-TiVo satellite combo DVR comes out. Or maybe the 80Gb standalones are cheaper than the combo units in the long run.