I couldn’t agree with you more about having Tivo connected in stores. I was thinking that very same thing while browsing in a Target store over the weekend. I came across the entry level Tivo, Series 2 40 Hour, on the store’s shelves.
I was finally able to pick the thing up and check out the I/O connections on the back. Everytime I’ve seen a Tivo in a store it has been in a box or tethered to the shelf by some sort of anti-theft device. Imagine how many units Tivo/retailers could push if they simply allowed people to test the power of a Tivo in stores.
I’ve read tons of articles regarding Tivo, but I still I don’t know anyone who owns a Tivo, myself included. Tivo/Retailers need to let people test drive.