As to the OP's question, I have found that the case of the Rogers HD PVR is crap. It transimits a lot of noise on mine. If you hold the sides while it is making noise, you will likely find that it quiets down quite a bit. The drive should spin occasionaly when not in use, as it updates program listings etc. But, it should spin down shortly after you power it down. These things do make a fair bit of noise however, and you probably don't want to have one in your bedroom.
Wow, that search looks much better. If they could just upgrade the guide and functionality of the HD PVR unit, I'd be fine. Of course, Bell's upcoming IPTV might just jump another light year ahead but surely, Rogers has to get into the game. For more on IPTV ( what EhMax was talking about ) check out the link and follow through to the PDF guide: PVR, VOD, 22MB internet... IPTV television service from Bell – How it works
The only advantage Rogers has so far—in my mind, at least—is customer service. Bell's is possibly the worst service in the world.
My parents are using Bell's (or Aliant as they are known here) Fibre OP service which offers all the usual TV/Internet stuff including IPTV. But I don't see it being much of an improvement over Cable--the speeds are about the same.
Videotron has pretty decent packages that are competitive in terms of speed and price (AMAZING service! I've not had a complaint the entire time I lived in Quebec!). Can't say about Rogers offerings, though. Unfortunately, Videotron seems to have difficulty gaining acceptance outside of Quebec. They tried to enter the NB about a decade ago and were firebombed out of their video store in Fredericton. LOL