Somewhat unusual setup for my HT. I have three D*TV boxes hooked up in my house, but not in my new HT. Wasn't planning on getting HD from D*TV, so didn't set up the HT in my basement that way. I did run an S-video out of my D*TV box from the bedroom upstairs out the wall and around and down in through to the HT. I feed this into my AVR and on to my PJ. This works well, running it with an IR extender for my MX-500 remote. Seemless and works great as long as no one is watching TV in the bedroom:D
Later, I did buy a Sylvania HDTV STB for OTA HD. This too works very well. Better in fact than I expected. Now I am thinking of being able to record some of this content as well as whatever is on D*TV. I have a VCR there and have recorded some stuff, but it is not really watchable on a 106" diagonal screen. My initial thought was to get a Tivo box for the bedroom and run that remotely as I do with the current D*TV box. This would be fine, but would cause a problem to record from my OTA STB in the theater(the Sylvania outputs HD and S-video simataneously for this purpose - probably no news to the veterans here) as I only ran one set of S-video and RCA cables and have now finished off all the space.
Don't want to drop a bunch of dough, and don't need a lot of disk space. My wife gave me a Pioneer e80 for Xmas. I had mentioned to her that a DVD burner would be fun. She didn't get that I meant for my PC! I find the e80 very cool and use it for time shifting upstairs in the family room. Seems like I always have at least 20 hours of XP quality time left on it. Don't want to drop that kind of dough for occasional recording of OTA material. For D*TV, I can and have used the e80. Cumbersome though to have content in various drives at each end the house. I can burn a recorded D*TV program to a DVD and then take it downstairs. Seems a hassle, though. Sounds like I am talking myself into a media server!
I need an inexpensive solution to record S-video and audio to HDD. Would consider an HTPC for this. How slow of a unit can you get away with for this purpose? I have an extra PII-300 Gateway that I could easily drop an appropriate video card (WinTV?) and drive into. Or is a used Tivo an easier solution? Maybe a used e60?
Sorry for the long post