Ok.. so: we've managed to get to a point where it's relativly easy to get the data off the tivo, thanks to the hard work of, well.. everyone. Then we convert from a .ty stream to a mpeg2.
Then, you can take that to the next level, and burn to DVD. If only I had a DVD burner :-)

But- I do have a nice 80 gig drive. So, what I'd like to be able to do is to convert some of these nice large mpeg-2 files into something a bit more storable for the long term. I'm sure it's relativly easy. What are people using to convert to something like Divx/MPEG-4? XVID is also good, i believe- a nice, OSS solution. What's the best way to get there, from either the elemental streams or a combined .mpg file? this is OS X... it shouldn't be too hard.