Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
So is it "and's" or "or's"?
With a Tivo and wired internet connection (or wifi) can I record (and actually keep them) shows on my computer?
Yes, you can, as long as your cable operator doesn't flag everything as "copy once" or "copy never" - most don't, but certain cable operators like Time Warner are particularly bad about that. As Aleron mentioned, if you can point out roughly where you are and what cable operator you're using, someone can probably find out if that will be a concern or not.
Do I need capture software? I actually do that now for stuff over the net.
The easiest way to download shows is using kmttg
. It will download shows from the TiVo for you, and can automatically use tivodecode to decrypt them while or after it downloads. (The Windows binary of tivodecode can be downloaded here
.) Once you download the show, you can either copy it directly to the desired media, or you can use something like Handbrake to transcode it into an MPEG-4 AVC video, which will be more compact and easier to move around.
So does Tivo have an ethernet port that I can hook up to my computer? Then what next? Capture software? Or another tuner with my computer? With or without a cable card slot to unencrypt?
Yes, the TiVo has a built-in Ethernet port. It uses it for downloading guide data as well, so when you install it, you'll need to have it hooked up to the Internet anyway. As Aleron also mentioned, you don't need a capture board or anything like that, just the software I mentioned above for downloading and decrypting.