First post and everything, and yes I am also doing much reading of Stickies and Google searches, etc.

I think I may have a very specific request, so here goes. (Chancing ridicule and scorn...)

Its my understanding that there are basically two components to a Tivo; the Hardware and the Tivo Subscription.

I have absolutely no interest in the features the Tivo Subscription, as I understand them, provides.

What I am looking to do is attach a device sending Analog signal to the Tivo box, record to the internal Hard Drive, and ultimately extract those digitized files out of the Tivo to a PC/Ext HD, etc.

Toward this end I am willing to nuke the existing OS/Firmware in the box, and if probable use some alternative OS, etc to record and import/export files.

What say you, oh experienced people?