I am considering purchasing a Tivo and was hoping I could get some answers as to what is and is not possible with Tivo. In the past I have used PC based PVR solutions like Snapstream and SageTV. They worked well but came with their own issues (crashes, configuration, etc ..). I am now at a point where I do not want to build another PC/Mac system to serve as a dedicated PVR.
I am planning on purchasing cable for specific channels, such as Biography, History Channel, TLC, and the Military channel. What I am wondering is what channels does Tivo prevent you from exporting?
1. Can you record and export a Pay per View event?
2. Can you record and export cable TV channels like "History Channel", "Discovery", and "Military Channel"?
3. Is there a way to determine what channels/shows can be exported and which ones cannot?
When I say export I mean the ability to transfer the show to an external hard drive where I can edit/convert as necessary with my PC/Mac.
Thank you for any help!