Owning a TiVo is the difference between a dumb DVR & a machine that can learn about your viewing habits and make intelligent suggestions for shows to watch or record. Of course, if you're like me and would like to keep some of the shows or movies on TiVo, the choice used to be either keep it forever on TiVo and miss other programming or buy an external hard drive to add storage. Then I found out about cTiVo.
cTiVo is the best option of all for me. I can use this freeware to download my shows to my Mac. Most will be happy enough just having a copy of their shows, commercials and all, in iTunes, but you can go one step better and mark the commercials so they can be skipped. In my case, I just let cTiVo run overnight every couple of days to download, decrypt and encode all my shows I want to keep to my Mac. I then edit out all the commercials on the weekends via iMovie and move the finished files to my Plex library.
It is a system that works for me and I couldn't do it without cTiVo. I'd love to shake the developer's hand and thank them profusely for helping me archive all my favorite shows.