I currently have a few TIVos (SD & HD) and while I am overall happy with the TiVos themselves, I am considering other options since Comcast keeps playing games regarding the charges of their cable cards (long story). I had thought about the Moxi DVR system in the past since it could independently feed up to 3 separate HDTVs from just one M-card. However, that system pretty much went under & is no longer offered or sold to the consumer.
TiVo is suppose to be coming out with a "TiVO Mini". It would be a little box that would allow it to 'borrow' a tuner from a Premiere TiVo in your network to view material and live TV on another HDTV. It hasn't been released yet & TiVO is notorious for products being delayed so I'm not holding my breathe on this option right now either.
The only other viable option at this time that I have seen is from a company called Centon (http://cetoncorp.com/
). They offer a 4-tuner PC card (PCIe or USB) that accepts cable cards. I realize I would probably need to setup a dedicated PC for this & it would be the main brains of the home DVR system. They then currently list the Xbox360 as a "media extender" so thinking this would be the way I would watch live TV on our regular HDTVs. I can pick up used ones at Gamestop for about $130. They also are planning to offer the "Echo" media extender soon too at $180.
Has anybody had any experience with using a Centon based system with cable cards for their whole home DVR solution? Just wondering how the experience is. If I use an Xbox360 as an "extender" on a HDTV, can a universal remote be programmed or learned in order to change channels with it? All my hardware/HDTVs would be hard wired networked too (no wireless) so I'm thinking this probably helps too.
I see that hauppauge offers some digital cable solutions (w/ cable cards) and am JUST starting to look into those as well, but any other suggestions for having a whole home DVR/digital cable solution? And I'm not interested in the antenna only options either so no need to even bother mentioning these options. .