My brother-in-law gave us a TiVo for Christmas (Thanks!)
I've always wanted one, but always resisted, because a) I can never buy anything for myself and b) I can never buy anything for myself. We also don't watch much TV. But when we do, there are things we are looking for, and the TiVo is the perfect device for us - it can record every "As Time Goes By" that comes on [we're convinced there must be an episode we haven't seen yet...].
There were a few interesting things from this. I'm sure all of these are obvious and old hat considering the TiVo's been around for years now, but I figure there are some luddites out there w/o one that may find this interesting.
1) We just put in a large built-in in the family room. Cabinets on the bottom, about 25" high, and then shelves in sections above. Very nice work by Marcus Carpenter of Redding CT. We put in a 52" Sony TV, the LCD flat-ish thing, and had the built in designed to hold it. We laid out power, cable and speaker wire (the house is wired) into the back of the cabinets, and had the electrician make it so. Phone? Doh! Never thought of it until reading the TiVo box, and the Tivo needs it. So to get things going, I took a long 50' phone cable across the room, but that wasn't going to work. Then I discovered that the TiVo could connect via wireless, so found a compatible USB WiFi dongle, shoved it in the back, and it found it and self-configured. I told it about the airport Wifi, and that was that - the TiVo can connect to the TiVo mothership via broadband, and I don't have to worry about crawling around the basement running a phone wire into the back of the cabinet.
2) I know it's obvious, but the whole idea of timeshifting the programs so you can watch them at any time, and more importantly, be able to stop, go back, and forward past commercials is fundamentally interesting. It took about 2 days before it became natural, then then I found myself irritated when watching live TV that I couldn't go forward.
3) Finally, you can use it to display pictures and music. A little app running on my mac, a quick setup on the TiVo, and there be the baby pictures. My wife says I'm too much of a 'slideshow dad' with the powerbook and the pictures, but wait until she sees this...