Do you have your TiVo attached to your home network for Internet access, so it can get guide and software updates? If so, good. You can actually download entire episodes (as long as the cable company isn't flagging them as "copy once" anyway) via any Web browser, or using the TiVo Desktop software if you're running Windows. If you're using a Mac, you can use the 'tivodecode' program to decode the downloaded video, or the TiVoDecode Manager software to combine download and decoding. Alternatively, you can use the NowPlaying Dashboard applet, which also combines downloading and decoding. You can then watch the downloaded content using VLC (QuickTime won't recognise an MPEG-2 program stream, or Dolby Digital audio).
Anyway, you need to do the following:
* Go to your account on tivo.com, and make sure transfers are enabled. You need to do this to have your TiVo generate a Media Access Key.
* On your TiVo, press the TiVo button, then select "Messages & Settings", "Account & System Information", "Media Access Key". You may have to wait a bit for this to show up if you just enabled transfers - it has to collect enough entropy to generate this value. Copy it down - it'll be 10 numeric digits.
* On a Mac, you can go to 'https://dvr-NNNN.local/
' in your browser, where NNNN is the last 4 digits of your TiVo Service Number. When you're prompted for a login, enter a username of 'tivo', and use the Media Access Key as the password, or install the TiVoDecode Manager or NowPlaying Dashboard applet. On a Windows machine, you should get the TiVo Desktop software (available from tivo.com).
Hope that helps you.