So we finally gave in and got a TiVo box. I think it was a recommendation by Ira Glass that did the track. Most of the setup was painless, but it’s been very frustrating trying to connect it to our wireless network. So far all the USB-to-wireless adapters are either back-ordered or strangely incompatible. I don’t really want to string cables all over the place in order to hook the machine up to the phone or by Ethernet to our Airport Express. And anyway, using the phone seems to cause problems for our DSL, and using Ethernet just replaces the USB-to-wireless adapter search with a USB-to-Ethernet adapter search. Grrr!