I did some research on this topic and think I basically understand it. But I still have a couple questions. 1. It seems like most people use VideoReDo to edit out the commercials, but you also need Tivo Desktop. I only have Tivo Basic so I can't use Tivo Desktop. Does that mean I'm out of luck unless I upgrade to Tivo Plus? 2. When you transfer a show from Tivo to your computer, edit out the commercials, then transfer it back to Tivo, will the Tivo show the shortened time? For example, will it say a show that was formerly 1:00 be 0:41? 3. Are most TV shows protected, so you can't transfer them? On a different subject, I'd like to transfer some Tivo programs to my VCR. Is it as simple as pressing play on the Tivo program and record on the VCR? Will I be able to do this with Tivo Basic? Thanks!