THere are lots of things you can use the USB ports for. You can hack the unit using a killhdinitrd'd kernel and then activate the ethernet drivers to use the USB ports to connect the HDTivo to your home network. This allows you to communicate with the HDTivo from your PC via telnet, transfer files using any standard Windows FTP program, and transfer shows from the HDTivo to your PC as well as transfer programs from your PC to your HDTivo. Shows transferred to your PC can be processed and burned to DVD for playback in any standard desktop DVD player, although not in Hi-Def.
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