The new features work in conjunction with the existing TiVoToGo functionality, which lets you transfer recordings from your box to your PC over a wireless network. From there, the software automatically converts the transfers to the correct format. The updated software also includes the ability to schedule TiVoToGo transfers to take place automatically, such as in the middle of the night. (Incidentally, you can get this feature for free just by downloading the new Version 2.3 software; the $25 charge is only for people who want to transfer video to their portable devices.)
If you’ve ever used TiVoToGo, you know that it requires a lot of time and bandwidth. If you’re planning to leave for a trip, you really need to start downloading shows a few days in advance. Still, with enough forethought, I could see this being quite useful. Load up a week’s worth of TV, and a 20-hour plane ride doesn’t seem so miserable. (OK, it still does.)
But what about the Mac users?