Tonight my better half came across a program at the top of the hour that started to look interesting after several minutes. So I set Windows 7 Media Center to start recording the show, supposing that it worked like the cable company's DVR and we'd be able to watch the program from the point where we tuned to the channel (as opposed to when I clicked on the "Record" button on the WMC screen).
Wife was disappointed (not to say p*ssed) to discover later that WMC only recorded from when we told it to start recording, and not from when we tuned to the channel, like the old DVR. Now I'm scrambling for a solution: Is there any WMC program setting, command, registry hack, tweak, or third-party app that will get WMC to start caching the show as soon as we tune to the channel?
SAF (spouse approval factor) for WMC is way down tonight. Keeping fingers crossed...