Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research recently raved about Windows Media Center XP over TiVo mainly due to the ability to transfer recorded shows to his laptop. Even though Media Center XP has felt a little buggy to me and I've enjoyed years of TiVo, I would agree with Gartenberg that watching shows on other devices is indeed a killer feature. This got me to thinking about TiVo's ability to move shows around to other devices, or the almost complete lack thereof.
I've been reading the TiVo community boards for a couple years now, and early pioneered hacks weren't often welcomed. I can remember when someone started doing the very earliest hack to allow an ethernet card to be attached. Many on the TiVo boards assumed the ethernet connection was to either extract movies for pirating on the internet, or for downloading show data from the internet instead of paying TiVo. Granted, the TiVo community does have some no-no subjects, and I can completely understand why they don't like anyone talking about getting around their $12.95 monthly service charge, but oftentimes other basic hacking projects fall into the "this is taboo to talk about" category. Right now on the boards, video extraction is a taboo subject.