If ripping shows and re-encoding them into iPod format so you can watch them on the road sounds like too much hassle, this Any-Media iPod Uploader should be just the thing for you. All you have to do is plug in an RCA connection—TVs, VCRs, and DVD players have them—hit record, and the iRecord will automatically store them immediately onto the iPod.
We saw this briefly before, but it's now available for only $159. Beats having to call the neighborhood nerd over every time you want to work your iPod. Speaking of which, I think I'm being paged.