Vista Media Centre and Freeview
So, I ordered a dual tuner (http://shop.blackgold.tv/product/3550.html) and plugged it in to the aerial feed from my roof. So far I am incredibly impressed. After installing the drivers for the USB stick MC picked it up straight away and started the setup process. After tapping in my postcode and choosing which transmitter I was pointed towards it started scanning for channels. A good churn later all the usual suspects showed up.
Timeshifting rocks, rewinding TV kicks ass and series link is something I am certainly looking forward to. Currently reading up on something called the DVRMS Toolbox (http://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/archive/2006/08/10/107296.aspx) which includes automated comercial skipping on recorded tv shows. Definately looking forward to that!
As always an update will be forthcoming when I've had more time to play around but so far I am very impressed.
More on this after the break...