Honestly - I've read through a lot of the other posts on this board, and used the search option to try and figure out wtf 25Xtreme, Tivolater, mvchannels, 900s, etc etc actually do. And like that Message icon, my head is spinning trying to digest everything.

I've had and hacked a SA Tivo for a little while now, and am plenty familiar with Linux, vi, TivoWeb, editing tcl files, yadda yadda. I recently added a TivoNet into my SA, and it runs just fine.

I recently purchased a Hughes GCXEBOT. Subscribed with the basic DirecTV package + Locals for San Jose, CA. It came with 2.0. Within a week or so I got the 2.5 update from the satellite, and am happily dual-tuner enabled.

So the questions are:

1. WHY would I need 25Xtreme or Tivolater? Just to not pay the Tivo sub? To turn off scrambling for extraction? I don't mind paying the fees. But extraction is something I'm interested in. A recent newbie post mentioned a 'dd blah blah' line that is supposed to turn of scrambling. Does that only work with the Xtreme or Tivolater upgrade?

2. What about locals? With my legit, non-hacked card, is there any way to get the national feeds? I don't really care about Texas, Utah, or Virginia feeds. I'd just like to watch Saturday Night Live "LIVE" for once. :-}

If there's threads that address these issues, I'd love for you to show me. Because pretty much everything I found assumes that you already know what Xtreme or the locals scripts do.

I'm interested on requirements, and features: What do I need to get these things working (hacked card), and what do I get: no subscription fees, ability to extract, local channels from other markets.

Thanks for any help you can provide.