I went out and bought a TiVo today. It seems to be working OK so far, but I do have to say that the IR blaster is a total kludge. It looks silly, and it takes longer than it should to change channels. All cable boxes, TVs, VCRs, etc, should have a standard serial port. Or Bluetooth. How hard would that be?
I now have a TV, VCR, DVD player, laserdisc player, PlayStation 2, and a TiVo. I think I’m done with A/V equipment for now. I have no room to put anything else!