I can't speak for the TiVo Elite, But I love my TiVo Premiere - upgraded to a 2TB WD-AV WD20EURS HDD. (HDDs are too expensive to upgrade at the moment, due to shortages, I paid $79 for the WD20EURS in September)
If you do buy the Elite, get it from Amazon so you can save the tax, buy the $499 lifetime service, and purchase the 3yr extended warranty from TiVo after activation. If you only buy the regular Premiere for < $99, don't bother with the extended warranty, just upgrade the HDD when prices come back down. or buy an upgrade drive from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-Ti...-/320627171474
You do not need to buy the TiVo Wireless N adapter, It would be cheaper to buy a 4-port wireless N bridge, or an N gaming Adapter, or an N router that will act as a wireless bridge. But wired is always best, especially if you ever plan on more than one TiVo and want to stream content between them.
Cox Copy Protects ever channel except locals, so you can't transfer any shows other than locals to a PC. (Orange County and New England are exceptions, I think)
I myself, am still considering an Elite purchase, but waiting to see if Cox delivers on the VOD and waiting for less random rebooting complaints, perhaps with the next software update.
Would also like to here from kingpcgeek
, to see how everything is going, any problems with the TA rebooting or the TiVo Elite? Cox still hasn't updated the TA firmware to the latest version F.1501 which is supposed to help with stability when using 4 Tuners.