Originally Posted by Hyrax
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that Tivo Desktop only works with stations that are not copy protected. For me that is basically just the local networks.
Maybe it's just a fluke with my Tivo and cable provider but I have had no problem at all transferring anything to my HDD via Tivo Desktop. That includes the newest movies on HBO and Showtime. I now use the ReadyShare feature on my Netgear router. I have a 3tb Seagate and a 2tb Verbatim external drive connected to the USB port on the router through a USB hub. Tivo Desktop transfers content to one of those drives (albeit very slowly).
Tivo files are in the .tivo format. Years ago, I had to convert them to avi or mpg but now I watch recordings with the .tivo file extension on Windows Media Player and other players using just the basic included codecs. My favorite is the smplayer (mplayer) which has lots of extra viewing features. OR, since my home network is now a viewing choice on my Tivo along with Amazon, Hulu and Netflix, I can watch them on the Tivo without having to transfer them back to the Tivo HDD.
I have a new WD 1tb My Book Expander for Tivo, but after it arrived I found out how to configure my ReadyShare network drives. I never even unsealed the WD packaging. I no longer need it for expansion for the Tivo, so I guess I'll just sell it on eBay for what it cost me.