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My apologies if this is the wrong forum to post this to. Too many choices!

I'm debating whether to purchase a DVR from my programming provider, Dish Network--or perhaps going with a basic HTPC instead. I'm looking for some guidance.

I already have Dish's Top 150 and HD packages. I'd also like to play the many MPEG and DivX files (some in HD) that I've downloaded to my PC.

Dish's standard DVR doesn't record HD. Their 942 DVR can record HDTV, but it's only available for purchase, at $699 (!). Neither DVR would be able to play my MPEG or DivX files. And I have a feeling that with MPEG4 right around the corner, current DVRs will soon be outdated.

I can purchase a poor-man's HTPC (e.g., a Compaq or Dell mini-tower, with (say) a Hauppauge capture card, running Windows MCE or SnapStream BeyondTV) for about the same price as the 942 DVR. (A professional-looking HTPC seems cost-prohibitive to me.) But an HTPC wouldn't be able to record satellite HD content, right?

I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
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